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Wimbledon has always been the place for memorable matches. From big serves combined with gliding volleys to grinding rallies mixed with massive ground strokes, the Gladiators of tennis have always been fighting wars of great proportions to prove their metal over the other on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Every match is a blend of efforts and great determination put in by the players involved. However, a few matches at Wimbledon just stand out as being the most memorable matches ever played.
5) Andre Agassi defeats Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Final, 1992.
Goran Ivanisevic was considered to be the aceman of his time taking the most amount of the points on his serve. Andre Agassi has the best return which the game has ever seen. Ivanisevic had a huge serve and great volleys which were best suited to grass courts and Agassi was in great form to prove his superiority from the baseline. Even though Ivanisevic's serve was considered to be unbreakable, Agassi came up with ravishing returns and gliding ground strokes to get crucial breaks and win Wimbledon to silence all his critics.
4) Venus Williams overcomes Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6, 9-7. Final, 2005
Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport reframed the way the ladies game is played that fateful night with their massive power packed ground strokes and amazing winners from the back of the court. Both Americans failed to give up as this match created history in the Sport, becoming the longest ladies singles final ever at two hours and 45 minutes. Venus played outstanding forehand winners to dictate play from her side of the court, whereas Davenport who was prone to injury was hitting blistering backhands from the other side. Venus emerged victorious when she took the third set with a scoreline of 9-7 and claimed her third title at the All England Lawn tennis club.
3) Rafael Nadal surges past Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7. Final, 2008
This match re-wrote history and reminded tennis enthusiasts that Spanish tennis has a long way to go on grass. Rafael Nadal was in great form as he had just won at Roland Garros and had ventured on to the quicker on the grass courts at Wimbledon. Roger Federer was the favorite as majority of the experts and critics thought that Federer would take his revenge by defeating Nadal on grass. But Nadal proved victorious in a nail biting five set match which lasted for four hours and 48 minutes and ended with a well fought fifth set at 9-7 as Nadal edged past the Swiss Maestro to claim his first ever non-clay major.
2) Bjorn Borg dismisses John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. Final, 1980
This match comes in the second spot with the greatest tennis matches the game of tennis has ever seen. Bjorn Borg was the favorite at the 1980 Wimbledon as he was gunning for the fifth consecutive title and had an aggressive left-handed genius as a barrier, better known as John McEnroe. McEnroe was considered the underdog in the match and he lived up to his name by dragging Borg to an enthralling five set thriller. Borg held his nerves inspite of losing the fourth set in a Tie-breaker and managed to take the fifth set 8-6 to win his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.
1) Pancho Gonzalez beats CHARLIE PASARELL, first round, 1969
This match stands out from the rest only because its the longest Wimbledon match ever to be played and recorded. This was in the year 1969. This was when Wimbledon did not have tie-breaks in any of the sets involved in matches, one of the major reasons why the match lasted for five hours and twelve minutes. Gonzales emerged victorious in a long tussle. The number of games played in the match was a massive 112, with a scoreline of 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9.
Wimbledon has always brought new benchmarks to the game of tennis and it will certainly continue to do the same in the coming years too.
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