Tennis has a rather long history and it would be virtually impossible to pick up the best 10 or 15 tennis matches of all times. Which is why we have looked at this millennium starting from the year 2000 for our best matches in this sport across both, the men’s and women’s tour.
Again, that does not make the job a lot easier obviously but what we have tried to do here is to focus on the quality of the matches, the occasion, the players involved and the twists and turns the match has seen from a neutral’s perspective.
Below is our list of 20 of the best tennis matches played in men’s tennis since the turn of the millennium based on the aforementioned factors.
20. Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2007 Final
The thing about the Big Three’s era is there are so many Grand Slam matches that have displayed some premium-level quality that it’s hard to pick which is the best among them.
But before the Big Three became Big Three, i.e. before Novak Djokovic had won his maiden Slam, there were a handful of matches between Federer and Nadal to choose from but among them the 2007 Wimbledon final was often tipped to be the best at Wimbledon since the Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe match in the 1980 tournament.
In a match that lasted three hours and 45 minutes, Federer came away a winner but not before he had been stretched to five sets.
Having shared the previous nine Grand Slam titles between them, Federer and Nadal had rightfully come into this encounter as the number one and two players in the world respectively.
Nadal was 8-4 on head to head against Federer, who had won four titles at Wimbledon in a row and was aiming to emulate Borg by winning a fifth.
Federer flew away to an early lead in the opening set with a break of serve but in the end had to win it in a tie-breaker. Nadal retaliated with a late service break in the second set but when the Swiss legend carved out a two sets to one lead via another tie-breaker, the writing seemed to be on the wall.
Not that Nadal was reading any such scripts as he broke Federer twice to go 4-0 up and then win the set 6-2 to level the encounter.
Any hopes of a shift in momentum, however, were quashed after the first four games of the final set from which point on, Federer took full control of the encounter and carved out a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2 win.
19. Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic, US Open 2012 Final
Andy Murray was playing in his fifth Grand Slam final at the 2012 US Open but had come up cropper every single time before that.
No wonder there were a lot of nerves jangling for him before he took to court, later admitting he was “feeling unbelievably nervous and feeling pretty lonely and kind of feeling a lot of pressure” at the start of the encounter.
There had been obvious self-doubts given his inability to win a Slam especially after the kind of pressure the media hype might have also generated. No Brit had won a Grand Slam in nearly eight decades before that and he was playing a five-time major winner in the title-decider.
The pressure would have been squarely on Murray’s shoulders when he looked to have squandered a two-set to love lead to Djokovic, as the score read 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6.
In the final set, however, an unusually composed Murray broke Djokovic in the very first game before going up 2-0 by holding to 30.
Djokovic was then broken again despite taking a 30-0 lead in the next game and while Murray dropped his serve once, he wrapped it up with three successive games at the end to clinch the title for the first time ever.
Murray would go on to two more Grand Slam titles, both at Wimbledon, including once again by defeating Djokovic in the final.
18. Robin Soderling v Rafael Nadal, French Open 2009 Fourth Round
Rafael Nadal’s record at French Open is the kind that would be improbable, if not impossible to surmount for a long, long time.
Having featured at Roland-Garros for the first time in 2005, at the time of writing he has won 14 titles at the competition and has a whopping 112-3 win-loss record in the tournament.
Two of his three defeats here have come to Novak Djokovic, who has also won a couple of titles in this tournament.
That only other loss that Nadal suffered at French Open was his first ever in the competition and it came at the hands of the most unlikely of opponents – Sweden’s Robin Soderling.
It was in 2009 and Nadal was looking to make it a stunning fifth successive title at French Open having never lost a match in his career at that venue.
And he looked to have made the kind of start people had begun to expect from him at Roland-Garros anyway – three successive straight-set wins to reach the fourth round. In the third round, he had lost just five games to Lleyton Hewitt.
He faced Soderling in the fourth round, having won all their previous three encounters including a 6-1, 6-0 crushing defeat just a few weeks ago in Rome.
Soderling had an easy couple of first two wins but then struggled past another Spaniard, David Ferrer, needing two tie-breakers in a four-setter.
Which is why even when he took the first set off Nadal in their fourth round encounter, most tennis fans would have thought it was a small blip on Nadal’s radar rather than something to worry about.
Even more so when Nadal levelled the encounter in a tie-breaker, with the momentum having shifted.
Or so most thought. What followed was one of the best matches that Soderling would have played in his career, with the Swede smoking 61 winners and winning 27 points at the net. Nadal managed just 33 winners as Soderling came through 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) to clinch a place in the quarterfinal.
As time has gone on, the enormity of that win seems to have become clearer with Nadal revealing his true mettle on clay, and more so at Roland-Garros as he lost to nobody else here not named Djokovic.
17. Roger Federer v Marat Safin, Australian Open 2005 Semifinal
In what turned out to be an epic 2005 Australian Open semifinal, Marat Safin registered a rare win over Roger Federer, later going on to win his second and final Grand Slam title.
Safin, who was the fourth seed going into that tournament, upset the pre-tournament favourite and world number one Federer 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 to clinch his spot in the final where he defeated Lleyton Hewitt.
Federer had a match-point in the encounter which came in the fourth set of the match but he failed to convert it, allowing Safin to break the Swiss legend’s 26-match winning run.
And later, prior to facing off again at the same competition in 2009, Safin claimed Federer had choked in that fateful semifinal, allowing the Russian to be more aggressive.
Federer had the last laugh though, carving out a straight-set win in that third round encounter but for a few brief moments, Safin had ruled the roost at the Rod Laver Arena in 2005.
16. Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer, US Open 2010 Semifinal
This was a time before Djokovic became the force that he would go on to become and his mental toughness was often called out to question. He had won one Grand Slam by that time – the 2008 Australian Open – but other than that hadn’t made it to the final of any major post that.
Which is why when he took to court for the 2010 US Open semifinal against Roger Federer, not too many had given him a big chance.
Three hours and 54 minutes later, Djokovic would go on to win a terrific contest, one of the best semifinals at Flushing Meadows according to many, and make it to his second final at the US Open.
The Serb overcame two match-points in the final set – not the first time he would that against Federer in the final set of a Grand Slam match! – to win 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
Interestingly, at the end of the contest, questions around Federer’s ‘terminal decline’ as a tennis player started doing rounds but he would go on to win four more Grand Slam titles.
In a match that had all the ingredients to make it to this list, what stood out was the physical and emotional intensity that was on display throughout.
15. John Isner v Nicolas Mahut, Wimbledon 2010 First Round
In terms of quality or for the names on display, this might not be one of the best matches on this list but what actually transpired in this encounter makes it a sure-shot entry into most such lists of the best men’s tennis matches.
Bizarre would be a better word to describe this.
Not just because this would go on to become the longest match in the history of tennis – yes, that’s going back decades and decades of the sport – but because it turned out to be played over three days.
One-day cricket matches don’t usually last as long as this one did – a whopping 11 hours and five minutes, of which the final set alone lasted over eight hours. The final set itself lasted longer than any other match in the annals of tennis.
In times before the final set at Wimbledon was decided by tie-breakers, Isner would go on to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 to claim a spot in, well, the second round. So much effort for getting knocked out in straight sets in round two!
Interestingly, Mahut had earlier needed to play in the qualifiers to get to the main draw of the 2010 Wimbledon and in the second round there, was involved in a 46-game long final set too.
14. Andre Agassi v Marcos Baghdatis, US Open 2006 Second Round
The 2006 US Open was the last time Andre Agassi would win a competitive tennis match and it came in this second round against Marcos Baghdatis.
And what a match it turned out to be with Agassi needing to fight tooth and nail to get past his Cypriot opponent who had earlier in the season made it as far as the final of the Australian Open.
Agassi, who was the runner-up at the US Open the previous season, had scraped through to a four-set win over Andrei Pavel in the first round and looked to be on his way to extending his career by another match as he went two sets to love up against his eighth seeded opponent in the second.
Baghdatis, who at the peak of his career at that stage, came back strongly to win the next two sets to level proceedings. In the final set, the duo fought tooth and nail in intensely difficult conditions that would require them to be lying down on stretchers after the match.
The American, who had come into the tournament with just eight wins in the entire season to go with his seven defeats thanks to a sciatica issue, used cortisone injections and dug deep into his reserves to carve out a victory in the final set, winning 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 to advance to the third round.
13. Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2014 Final
This Wimbledon final came in interesting circumstances with neither player in full flight at the time of the match.
Federer had come into the tournament with many an expert believing his best was behind him having failed to make it this far in a Grand Slam over a period of 24 months.
On the other hand, Djokovic had entered five Grand Slam finals from the previous seven majors he had played in but lost four of them. His only Grand Slam in that period had come at the 2013 Australian Open.
In short, both players had a lot to play for and despite their status, something to prove.
Neither player got a break-point in the first set and it needed Federer to come back from set-points down on two separate occasions in the tie-breaker to clinch the set.
Djokovic broke Federer in the second set, only the second time he had lost his serve in the tournament before pipping his opponent in a third set tie-breaker to take the lead.
In a fourth set filled with a flurry of breaks, Djokovic had a chance to serve out the match at 5-3 but missed out and then missed another match-point on Federer’s serve. Another break, this time for Federer helped him win four games in a row to win the set 7-5 and take the match into the decider.
While both players had chances to break the other in the final set, it took up to the 10th game for Djokovic to finally make good on that chance, winning the tournament off Federer backhand error.
In what was a high quality contest, both players came off with a differential of more than +40 between winners and unforced errors.
“Sincerely, this has been the best quality Grand Slam final that I have ever been part of. I’ve had a longest final against Nadal in the Australian Open, but quality-wise from the first to last point, this is definitely the best match. It’s the most special Grand Slam final I’ve played.”
12. Rafael Nadal v Fernando Verdasco, Australian Open 2009 Semifinal
As mentioned elsewhere in this article, Nadal’s maiden title win at the Australian Open came in 2009 with the Spaniard needing to defeat Roger Federer in a final that has often been tipped as one of the best matches played.
A match before that, however, came another encounter for Nadal which also makes it to this top-20-after-2000 list and it saw the Spaniard squeak past his fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco.
In a match that went past 1 am local time, Nadal was a 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 after Verdasco double-faulted on the third of the three match-points he faced in the encounter.
When the two players in the semifinals, not too many expected Verdasco to put up too much of a fight as the world waited with a bated breath for Nadal to take on Federer in the final.
What they definitely did not expect was for the match to last five hours and 14 minutes, one of the longest in the history of Australian Open before Nadal could heave a sigh of relief.
Nadal would later say:
“Today was one of those matches you’re going to remember a long time. In the last game, at 0-40, I started to cry. It was too much tension. Fernando was playing, I think, at his best level. He deserved this final, too.”
11. Andy Roddick v Younes El Aynaoui, Australian Open 2003 Quarterfinal
Morocco hasn’t been known to produce too many top-level tennis stars but for a couple of years in the early 2000s, Younes El Aynaoui looked to have placed the Moroccan flag high on the tennis pedestal with some starry performance.
And one such showing came at the 2003 Australian Open where El Aynaoui all but sent Andy Roddick packing from their quarterfinal encounter.
Roddick needed 40 games in the final set of the match to come through 4-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19, twice coming back from a one-set deficit and clinching it in the end.
The American would later admit there was nothing left in his tank as far as strategy went, it was a matter of a pure fight in the end.
The 83 games played in the match was the most ever in an Australian Open match since the tie-breaker system was introduced in the early 1970s before Ivo Karlovic and Horacio Zeballos broke that record by one game.
Roddick was so spent by the time he had won the match that he wasn’t left with too much for his semifinal, which he lost to Rainer Schuttler in four sets.
10. Pete Sampras v Andre Agassi, US Open 2001 Quarterfinal
While a lot of the matches on this list consist of at least one of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi slip into this list as well with the 2001 US Open quarterfinal.
It was one of those matches in which neither player managed a single break of serve; yes you read that right. A four-set encounter that went to, as you would have guessed it by now – five tie-breakers.
The scoreline was 6–7 (7), 7–6 (2), 7–6 (2), 7–6 (5) in favour of Sampras as a total of nine break-points came and went with no breaks to show for them.
Sampras had a chance to win the first set when he led 6-3 in the tie-breaker only for Agassi to win the next four points and turn the scoreboard around.
In the second set, Sampras served three double-faults while down 5-6 but managed to hold on to his serve before levelling the score in a tie-breaker. Three mini-breaks in the third set tie-breakers helped Sampras take a two sets to one lead.
Agassi had his chances to push the match into a final set when he went 3-1 up in the four tie-breaker but his opponent then won five in a row to earn himself four match-points. Two were saved before Sampras clinched the encounter off the third, finding his place in the semifinal.
9. Rafael Nadal v Daniil Medvedev, Australian Open 2022 Final
There was a point in the tennis history when three active men’s tennis players, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were all on 20 Grand Slam wins.
Then, Federer failed to turn up at the 2022 Australian Open because of fitness troubles, Djokovic wasn’t allowed to land in Australia thanks to his anti-vaccination stance and Nadal won the title to inch up to 21!
It wasn’t easy though. Anything but that.
For starters, Nadal was coming into the tournament on the back of a six-month layoff because of an injury.
And then, in the final of the 2022 season’s opening major, Nadal trailed Daniil Medvedev by a set as his Russian opponent produced one booming groundstroke after another from the baseline and kept making his way towards his second Grand Slam title.
Medvedev took the first set easily and while Nadal was a break up in the second and then 5-3 in the tie-breaker that followed, the Russian found a way to go two sets to love up.
Very soon in the third, Nadal was 0-40 down as he served to level things up at 2-3.
He held on and took advantage of an irritable Medvedev – no doubt affected by the crowd’s increasing booing of him – and started getting back into his groove.
A break at 4-4 followed and Nadal quickly served out for the set before doing something similar in the fourth set as well. And then in the fifth, while Nadal missed serving out for the title at 5-4, he regrouped quickly to clinch the encounter in over five hours, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
It had been one of the greatest comebacks in a Grand Slam final.
8. Juan Martin del Potro v Roger Federer, US Open 2009 Final
Roger Federer was a five-time defending champion coming into the 2009 US Open final.
Juan Martin del Potro had been his best Grand Slam season and yet, was playing only in his first career major final. He would go on to feature in only one other Grand Slam title-decider.
With 15 Grand Slam titles under his belt coming into this and having taken a two sets to one lead, Federer looked to have done enough and looked like he was on his way to adding another feather in his cap.
His Argentine opponent had other ideas. He had begun playing a few mind-games from the second set itself when he was trailing his opponent by a break, like appealing for a falling bottle or challenging late for calls.
What obviously did not help was Federer’s own game quality was abysmal by his own lofty standards – a first serve percentage of 50% throughout the encounter is quite low, as is the fact that he served 11 double-faults in the match.
And yet, the match went deep, going into the fifth before Federer’s serve just fell apart and was broken twice.
7. Goran Ivanisevic v Pat Rafter, Wimbledon 2001 Final
Goran Ivanisevic has always been known as a player to wear his heart on his sleeve, so it did not come as a surprise when he cried at the end of the the 2001 Wimbledon final against Australia’s Pat Rafter.
The pair had faced off three times before that 2001 encounter with Rafter leading 2-1 but Ivanisevic had the advantage of having beaten his opponent at Wimbledon 1996.
Coming into the 2001 edition of the same tournament, Ivanisevic was an unseeded player and got himself a wildcard to participate in the competition having made it to the Wimbledon final three times before this without winning it.
A 19-year-old Roger Federer had earlier sent the four-time defending champion Pete Sampras out of the tournament in the fourth round, clearing Ivanisevic’s path to the final. Still, it hadn’t been an easy run for the Croat whose serve-and-volley helped him gain just two, straight-set wins in the tournament.
He was down two sets to one in the semifinals against Tim Henman too before turning the corner and set himself up for a title-decider against Rafter.
The third seeded Rafter was a two-time Grand Slam winner and was a finalist at the 2000 Wimbledon too, and he came back from two sets to one down to force a decider.
The final set went down to the wire too after the match had been postponed to Monday because of the bad weather. And then serving at 8-7 in the fifth set, Ivanisevic muffed up three match-points before finally clinching the encounter and the Championships off his fourth to finally have something to show for his efforts at Wimbledon.
Rafter would later go on to say:
“Let’s say I had won the game, Goran a case for the madhouse – and I was responsible for it. Of course I wanted to win. But if there had to be another winner, it was him.”
6. Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer, Australian Open 2009 Final
Rafael Nadal has won just two Australian Open titles at the time of writing and the first of these came in 2009. In fact before this, Nadal hadn’t won a single major on hard court, with his first US Open tournament victory having come in 2010.
What was special about his 2009 Australian Open title win was that it did not only consist of a stupendous showing in the final in which he edged out his rival-in-chief Roger Federer in five sets, but also another match which Nadal had scraped through.
That came in the semifinals where Nadal needed five sets to get past fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to make the final.
Federer’s only difficulty was getting through Tomas Berdych who had taken a two-set lead in their fourth round encounter before wilting away against the force of the Swiss maestro.
Back to back straight-set wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals meant Federer began the final as a favourite.
Nadal warded off a strong Federer comeback by winning 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2, preventing his opponent from equalling Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major wins.
Making the win even more special was Nadal was coming off very little recovery time following his five-plus-hour battle with Verdasco, putting it in the annals as one of the best matches of the millennium.
5. Roger Federer v Andy Roddick, Wimbledon 2009 Final
While Federer has an above-satisfactory serve, his game isn’t built on it unlike someone like a John Isner who slams aces for fun.
On this day, at the 2009 Wimbledon final however, Federer looked to have channelized his inner ace-maker. In fact he seemed to have needed for that to happen in order to get past Andy Roddick and win his 15th career Grand Slam title.
Entering the match tied with Pete Sampras on 14 major wins, Federer threw everything at Roddick including 50 aces, but his American opponent refused to budge for most part of the encounter.
This was despite Federer having won 18 of his 20 previous meetings with the American.
Roddick stretched Federer to his limits, with the Swiss legend needing four hours and 16 minutes and a whopping 30 games in the final set to win the encounter, and in turn the Championships.
Federer, who won 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 claimed that the satisfaction of winning this encounter was a lot more because he had no control over the manner in which the encounter went and yet, added a Grand Slam title victory.
Not that the American did not have his chances, leading by a set and 6-2 in the second set tie-breaker at one stage. He muffed up a chance to close out the set and that gave Federer a chance to level things out and then win the third in another tie-breaker.
And while Roddick came back by winning the fourth and not losing his serve all match – till the final game – it wasn’t enough for him to win his maiden Wimbledon title.
4. Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic, French Open 2013 Semifinal
As mentioned elsewhere in this piece, Nadal’s record at Roland-Garros is one of those that would be hard to overcome. With just three defeats till the end of the 2022 edition of this competition and 14 titles at the French Open, Nadal is well and truly the GOAT on clay.
Every now and then, however, even the great Nadal has had to dig deep into his reserves to come away unscathed and the 2013 French Open semifinal was one such match.
Termed by experts as one of the best tennis matches ever and arguably the best on clay, Nadal managed to nudge past Djokovic in a four hour, 37 minute encounter to make it to the final. He won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7 in a seesawing battle that saw both players getting their chances.
Nadal, for instance, was two points away from a win in the fourth set when he led 6-5 while Djokovic looked to have taken a decisive 4-2 lead in the final set.
Djokovic had his chances when he served at 4-3 in the final set but lost his balance and fell on the net and then shanked a forehand to lose the game. The Spaniard saw his opportunity and would go on to cash it but not before he struggled to serve out the match against the wind.
The Spaniard would go on to rout David Ferrer in the final to add another Grand Slam to his kitty but it would be this semifinal that would go down in the history as one of the best to be played at Roland-Garros.
3. Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2019 Final
As it would later turn out, the 2019 Wimbledon final would be the last time Federer would walk out to court in a Grand Slam final. And it could well have been a Grand Slam title too, his 21st when he took a 8-7 lead in the final set and was serving at 40-15 to scoop the trophy.
Instead, Djokovic fought back from those two match-points down to level the proceedings, before winning it in the final set tie-breaker which was played at 12 games apiece.
What was stunning to note was Djokovic’s win came on the back of inferior match stats in almost every department; Federer bettered him in aces, double-faults, first serves in and first serve points won, second serve points won, net points won, break-points won, receiving points won and winners with Djokovic only edging his opponent on the unforced errors count (52 to 62).
Both Federer and Djokovic had earlier registered four-set wins in their respective semifinals. While Djokovic did not have much of a trouble against Roberto Bautista-Agut, Federer had required to get past Rafael Nadal in his last-four encounter to set up what later turned out to be a delicious and a humdinger of a contest.
Interestingly, just a few miles from SW19 and a few minutes after the end of this encounter, England lifted the 2019 Cricket World Cup by defeating New Zealand in an equally stunning match that twice ended in a tie.
2. Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal, Australian Open 2012 Final
While this Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal match at the 2012 Australian Open final comes nowhere close to the Isner-Mahut encounter in terms of the time taken, it still created a record for the longest match at a final of a Grand Slam.
Legend has it that some fans had woken up to watch the replay of the encounter on Monday but saw the match was still going on.
Djokovic and Nadal were on court for five hours and 53 minutes before the Serb, who was the number one player at that time, defeated his Spanish opponent 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7 (5) , 7–5.
And that wasn’t even the best part about the match – it was a matter of the impeccable quality on show for most of those five-plus hours that makes this one of the best Grand Slam finals of all times.
After winning the encounter, Djokovic would admit it was a match that took every bit of energy the two players had and added he was sad there couldn’t be two winners.
It was also after this match that Djokovic shred his t-shirt apart on court and roared in absolute pleasure at his own box, an iconic scene depicting some of the rawest emotions in tennis.
And going against convention, both players took to their chair at the end of the match during the presentation ceremony, such were the levels of exhaustion.
1. Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2008 Final
Rafael Nadal has two Wimbledon titles. The first of those came at the 2008 Wimbledon with a stunning performance in the final against Roger Federer in a match that is widely regarded as one of the best of all times.
It was the year when Novak Djokovic had won his first Grand Slam title – it had come at the Australian Open – and while he was one of the rising stars to watch, the battle for the greatest of all times was still contested by Nadal and Federer.
They were the best in the world and the Wimbledon final promised to be a cracker with Federer going in as a favourite on grass.
Four hours and 48 minutes into the match – and seven hours from when the match started – Nadal had conjured up a magical performance and won his maiden Wimbledon title, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7.
Coming into this encounter, Federer had won 12 of the 15 Grand Slam title-deciders he had featured in and another Wimbledon title wasn’t too beyond his reach given his love for grass.
Nadal had other ideas as he raced away to a two set lead only for that to vanish in the following two sets where Federer won tie-breakers to level things out.
A final set loomed but not too many would have anticipated the kind of drama that came with it as Nadal needed 16 games to wrap up a thrilling finale before falling on the hallowed grass.
This match was considered to be the gold standard in tennis and remains a bar not surpassed by too many as far as quality of tennis goes.
Final Words on the Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time
In the piece above, we looked at 20 of the best tennis matches of all time in this millennium so far.
With Carlos Alcaraz making solid waves and with the next generation of tennis which includes the likes Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev entering into the fray, it will be interesting to see how the next few years go but we would be sure to add to this list as and when there are other such encounters.