2013 BTB Awards: Best ATP points

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The Beyond The Baseline awards are our look back at the best — and worst — of the tennis season. Today we highlight some of the best rallies of the year from the ATP Tour. Click here for our complete archive of year-end awards.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open. Easily the best match point played this year. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C-G0BbjMmg

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Djokovic bests Rafael Nadal in a cramp-inducing, 54-shot rally in the U.S. Open final. The rally lasted 1 minute and 15 seconds, which was enough time for everyone to tweet about it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RIHsH69XKLE

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Djokovic and Nadal were at it again at the ATP World Tour Finals, where the Serb turns the point around with an insane defensive lob to earn the break. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrshHNGrRfc

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Roger Federer responds to Juan Martin del Potro's tweener with a no-look, over-the-shoulder forehand at the ATP World Tour Finals. As he would.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU0XJQP16Is

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Potito Starace did everything he could to win this set point at the Italian Open, but Radek Stepanek had all the answers. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyTzS5zphzA

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Andy Murray's craftiness was on display against Fernando Verdasco at Wimbledon, switching up the point with a sharp cross-court slice before countering with a forehand pass winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGrQJcqnWKs

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Djokovic falls down. Djokovic gets up. Djokovic beats Murray at the Australian Open. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq34MtWJvbE

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Mikhail Youzhny survives with a no-look flick and a great passing shot against Benjamin Becker at the Qatar Open.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tYp67Qbaw8

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Murray finally puts a scrambling David Ferrer away with a big forehand at the Sony Open.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gK1TGZ-O2JY?version=3&start=366&end=405&autoplay=0&hl=en_US&rel=0

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You know it's a good point when the commentators start audibly gasping mid-point. Djokovic and Wawrinka deliver once again. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/mC85FzaeSmw?version=3&start=30&end=65&autoplay=0&hl=en_US&rel=0

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Djokovic and del Potro trade blows for 23 shots until the Serb cranks a forehand winner at the Shanghai Masters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-V0zaW03Ac

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Ferrer pulls the string beautifully on a drop shot to break Djokovic at the Paris Masters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0ZfBzrz6E4

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Bonus: As proof that "length of rally" does not always equal "quality of rally," here's the head-scratching, 71-shot exchange between Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon from the Australian Open.