The Wimbledon Championships (or Championships Wimbledon) is the Super Bowl of tennis. Wimbledon isn’t just the biggest event of the year in the tennis world. The Championships have also provided some of the most memorable tennis moments in history. Here are my top five Men’s Wimbledon Finals.
Top 5 Men’s Wimbledon Finals #5: Andre Agassi def Goran Ivanisevic 1992
This is the first Wimbledon that I really watched as a child, mostly because I was swept up in Agassi-mania. The match hardly disappointed. After losing the first set via tiebreaker, Agassi rallied and won the next two sets 6-4. Ivanisevic dominated the next set before losing to Agassi in the fifth and final set 6-4. 1992 is the only year Agassi won Wimbledon during his spectacular career.
Top 5 Men’s Wimbledon Finals #4: Goran Ivanisevic def Patrick Rafter 2001
Ivanisevic was 0-3 in Wimbledon Finals heading into the 2001 Championships. Ivanisevic and Rafter went back and forth in front of one of the most memorable crowds in Wimbledon history for over three hours. They traded the first four sets before playing one of the greatest final sets in Wimbledon history. Ivanisevic went on to win the set 9-7, securing the only Wimbledon championship of his career.
Top 5 Men’s Wimbledon Finals #3: Roger Federer def Rafael Nadal 2007
Over three hours of fantastic tennis between two rivals. What more could you ask for? Sure, Nadal wasn’t 100 percent due to a bum knee. He still managed to take Federer to 6-7 in sets one and three and beat Federer 4-6 and 2-6 in sets two and four. Nadal couldn’t hang with Federer in the fifth and final set, however, losing 6-2 in a championship that many believed the two greats couldn’t duplicate. How wrong we were.
Top 5 Men’s Wimbledon Finals #2: Bjorn Borg beat John McEnroe 1980
The standard until 2008. Included in this Wimbledon Final was the greatest set in Championships history. It took John McEnroe over 20 minutes to survive elimination and defeat Borg 18-16 in the tiebreaker. Borg surprised many by coming back and winning the fifth and final set 8-6.
Top 5 Men’s Wimbledon Finals #1: Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 2008
Simply stated, the greatest tennis match I have ever seen. Rain delayed the start of the Final and the match was halted twice due to storms. The rain would be an afterthought when things were said and done. Nadal won the first two sets 6-4, coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the second. Tiebreakers in sets three and four were taken by Federer, who survived two Nadal championship points in the fourth set. Nadal went on to win the fifth set 9-7, leading to the greatest celebration in Wimbledon history. The four hour 48 minute final is the longest in Wimbledon history.
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