There’s tennis tournaments…and then there’s Wimbledon. The latest edition at the All England Club gets underway Monday. To help you get prepared, check out the ALL-TIME BEST 10 WIMBLEDON MATCHES!
10. 2010 Men’s First Round-John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68
Nope, that’s not a typo…they played 138 freaking games in the fifth set!!! Ok, this wasn’t the highest quality of tennis, but still it’s 138 games in a set! I’m sure somebody wanted to put this one on DVD, and you could, if you’ve got like seven DVDs and three days to watch the match.
9. 2001 Men’s Fourth Round-Roger Federer defeats Pete Sampras 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5
Pete was a little past his prime and Roger had not quite reached his, but this was still an epic battle of two all-time greats. Sampras had won Wimbledon from 1997-2000, but his run was stopped on this fateful day by Federer. It would be a couple more years until Roger won the whole thing, but the seeds were planted for the rise of one of the greatest ever.
8. 2000 Men’s Semifinal-Pat Rafter defeats Andre Agassi 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Agassi and Rafter had styles that meshed together well, making for some outstanding tennis. Their semifinal match in 2000 was their best though. Rafter played arguably his best match on grass to sneak past a red-hot Agassi. Unfortunately for Pat, his run would end in the finals against Pete Sampras.
7. 1969 Men’s First Round-Pancho Gonzalez defeats Charlie Pasarell 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9
Besides supporting the implementation of the tiebreaker, this crazy first round match has gotta be one of the greatest comebacks in Wimbledon history. It’s tough enough to comeback after losing the first set 22-24, but then to lose the second 1-6, you’re pretty much done. Unless, you’re Pancho Gonzalez of course! What was equally incredible, was that he won the fifth 11-9. That’s pretty much like three matches in one.
6. 2013 Men’s Semifinal-Novak Djokovic defeats Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
This one was a sheer slugfest, with Djokovic eventually emerging victorious. It was not easy though. As Del Potro was injured, he had to rely on his ridiculous power to win points. Usually, this results in some winners, but often a plethora of unforced errors. During this match, Juan Martin was on fire, hitting winner upon winner. Ultimately, he would falter and Novak would capitalize, but not before we were treated to an epic match.
5. 2005 Ladies Final-Venus Williams defeats Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6, 9-7
The last two decades of women’s tennis have been dominated by power players. The 2005 Wimbledon Final was a perfect example of that. It looked like Lindsay was going to take this one, before Venus stormed back to grab the second set. The third was outstanding theatre, as it looked like both had the thing won at various points. The older Williams would prevail 9-7 in the final set.
4. 2001 Men’s Final-Goran Ivanisevic defeats Pat Rafter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7
Due to rain, the 2001 Men’s Final was pushed to Monday. As getting tickets to the event is nearly impossible, a Monday final allowed many of those who usually aren’t so lucky to snag some seats. Thus, this was nicknamed the “People’s Final.” Both players, Rafter and Ivanisevic, had come so close to the crown on a number of occasions, that a result either way would have been celebrated. It was the massive-serving Croat though, who outlasted his Aussie counterpart.
3. 2009 Men’s Final-Roger Federer defeats Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14
This one was pretty much a microcosm of Andy Roddick’s career. So many times, he would get so close to Roger Federer, but could never overtake him. In this match, he won the first and then seemed to have the second wrapped up before a Federer comeback. At the end, Federer outlasted Roddick, as Andy just never could get that second Grand Slam title.
2. 1980 Men’s Final-Bjorn Borg defeats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6
This was an all-around stellar match, but most people remember the 1980 Final for 16-18 tiebreaker won by McEnroe. It seemed at that point, Johnny Mac was going to shock the world and take down Borg in the fifth. Nobody told Bjorn though, who finally broke Mac with his steely resolve in the fifth set. McEnroe would get his revenge in the 1981 Final.
1. 2008 Men’s Final-Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7
Simply put, this is one of the greatest tennis matches of all-time. Nadal was already the “King of Clay,” but he had yet to conquer the grass. In his way was Federer, one of the greatest grass court players of all-time. Nadal got of to a stellar start, taking the first two sets, but Federer grinded out the next two. In the decider, both players had to battle each other and the waning light. Eventually, Nadal got it done and a new era began.
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