Monday January 2nd, 2012

We round out our review of 2011 -- which included the best moments of each month, the quotes of the year and the pictures of the year -- with our own take on the points of the year. Some you've probably seen a dozen times (will we ever get sick of the audacity of That Forehand?) and others you probably haven't.

BTB’s Best Points of the Year

Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer, U.S. Open: It almost seems poetic that two years after Federer hit "The Greatest Shot of All Time" to set up match point against Novak Djokovic, the Djoker would hit this little doozy to save one.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Francesca Schiavone, Miami: Polish counterpunching at its finest.

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Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic, U.S. Open: You could pick more than a dozen points from this final, and all would stand up. But I'm choosing this grueling rally, which Djokovic wins on a backhand down the line to save a break point, in a salute to both players' ability to stay so focused while the crowd is going nuts.

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Feliciano Lopez vs. Michael Llodra, Paris: Lopez hits a "Deliciano" backhand winner to end this fun cat-and-mouse rally.

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Samantha Stosur vs. Serena Williams, U.S. Open: Given her history of not coming through in big matches and the crazy circumstances of this one, Stosur's inside-out championship-point winner was gutsy and may have redefined her career.

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Lleyton Hewitt vs. Robin Soderling, Wimbledon: Hewitt's body may be creaky, but he's still got a couple of good points left. This is one of them.

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Maria Kirilenko vs. Samantha Stosur, Beijing: When a women's tennis match makes it onto SportsCenter's Top Plays (as this point did), you know it was something special.

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Richard Gasquet vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky, U.S. Open: The backhand overhead smash is arguably the toughest shot in tennis. It's a lot harder when you're running backward and leaping in the air.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov, U.S. Open: It was a wet and windy day at Flushing Meadows when Djokovic and Dolgopolov took to Louis Armstrong Stadium for their fourth-round match. The line to get into the court stretched more than 100 yards as fans patiently waited for a chance to see the world No. 1 on the smaller court. Those able to snag a seat were treated to a 30-point, first-set tiebreaker that included a number of nutty points, none nuttier than this one.

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Vera Zvonareva vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, WTA Championships: What Radwanska lacks in power, she more than makes up for in racket control.

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Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan vs. Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner: Doubles shot of the year.

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Li Na vs. Sabine Lisicki, Wimbledon: For all the talk about Li's post-French Open slump, people forget that she played an outstanding match against Lisicki at Wimbledon.

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Andy Roddick vs. Milos Raonic, Memphis: Championship point of the year. Easily.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Stan Wawrinka, Roland Garros: Tsonga is forced to eat dirt.

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Li Na vs. Sabine Lisicki, Wimbledon: Lisicki withstands Li's barrage, and comes up with some magic of her own.

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Roger Federer vs. Richard Gasquet, Rome: Federer's variation on a theme.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal, Miami: How in the world does Djokovic not snap in half?

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Ana Ivanovic vs. Sloane Stephens, U.S. Open: Ivanovic's power, Stephens' scrambling and a twirling celebration to top it all off.

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Gael Monfils vs. Viktor Troicki, Montreal: A compilation of points isn't complete until Monfils makes an appearance.

***** Did we miss one of your favorite points of the year? Post your favorites below in the comments.

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