Simon Reed

My ATP matches of the year

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1. Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic

5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5

US Open semi-final

To my mind Roger Federer has been involved in all the great matches of the last few years, and this, for me, is the pick of them.

This match is better even than the two Wimbledon finals that everyone talks about against Rafael Nadal - and the semi-final against Marat Safin at the Australian Open was great too.

This one was probably one of the top five matches I've seen in my life.

It had everything you could ask for: Djokovic suddenly emerging again as a great player after a period of really struggling.

Federer kept coming back at Djokovic and you kept thinking: "This has got to be it, Djokovic is going to fold." But he didn't. For Djokovic to be better on the day than Federer, who was playing very well, was outstanding.

These were two players who hadn't shown much up until that stage and it was comfortably my match of the year. In fact it was the best tennis I've seen in a long time.

2. Marin Cilic v Andy Roddick

7-6(4) 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-3

Australian Open quarter-final

I though Marin Cilic was the big story at the Australian Open.

Andy Murray was obviously one too, but Cilic had such a difficult path: firstly playing Juan Martin Del Potro for about four hours then having to face Andy Roddick.

He was two sets up against Roddick, but the American came back and all of a sudden it looked as if it had to be Roddick's match.

Cilic is still a little green and I thought he might get blown away in the fifth set the way the momentum had changed in Roddick's favour. But for Cilic to come back... I thought that was absolutely sensational.

And by the time he played Murray, to be honest he was pretty much spent. It was a good match and Murray played very well but Cilic was tired, no doubt about it.

I am very surprised he hasn't kicked on in the rest of the year as I thought he would. I saw him possibly top five and certainly top 10 by the end of the year, but that hasn't happened - and I don't really know why.

He was amazing in Melbourne; it was a classic situation of a boy becoming a man before our eyes.

It's amazing how often it happens in tennis that somebody is two sets down, comes back to two sets all and you think that's it, the momentum is so strongly in favour of the other guy - but it switches. He seemed to get a second wind, even though he was clearly tired after the Del Potro match. And Roddick was playing very well.

3. John Isner v Nicolas Mahut

6-4 3-6 6-7(7) 7-6(3) 70-68

Wimbledon first round

I was looking at this match the other day actually and some people have written some pretty nasty things about it.

For two of the three days that this match was going on I went down to the court myself and admittedly, while you did have a sense of history being made, for the tennis purist there was nothing much to get excited about.

The guys played tennis for over 11 hours and they didn't buckle. The world was watching by the time they came out. They gave what they could which they should be congratulated for. It's helped tennis get the coverage that it never really has before - and that's a fantastic achievement.

But, as a tennis match, it wasn't actually that great!

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