Summer is Wimbledon and Wimbledon is Summer. The men’s final is upon us and as usual we’re in for an enthralling sporting spectacle in the most civilised of sporting settings – Centre Court at Wimbledon. So just to whet your appetite in the build-up to today’s showpiece Swide has chosen for you the top 5 Wimbledon Men’s Finals of all time.
The top 5 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Finals of all time
1980 Bjorn Borg / John McEnroe 1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7 (16-18) 8-6
The crowning glory of the tennis of that era. Borg was the established statesman of the sport playing in his fifth consecutive Wimbledon final, McEnroe the precocious young pretender to the throne, playing in his first final having dispatched jimmy Connors in the semis. McEnroe started the better and took the first set 6-1. It looked like the American was going to take the second which came down to the wire but Borg suddenly came alive and started to stamp his authority on the game taking the second set and the third. In the fourth set it looked all but over as Borg broke serve to lead 5-4, but McEnroe summoned the a will of iron to save two match points and force the match into a tie-break. The most famous tie-break in history played for 22 minutes with the American taking it to gain parity with the Swede. Borg’s experience eventually told late in the fifth set as he broke McEnroe to take the final set 8-6 and end one of the most famous finals in Tennis and ignite one of the most famous rivalries in sport.
2001 Goran Ivanisevic / Pat Rafter 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7
Ivanisevic had been three–time runner up on the hallowed Wimbledon Centre Court and only gained entry to the tournament as a wild card. Having battled and defeated home favourite Henman in the semis this was the last chance saloon for the Croat and the crowd were very much on his side. Rafter was expected to take this one after eliminating the great Andre Agassi thorough sheer force of will to set up an unexpected final. The two shared the spoils of the first four sets and went into the fifth two a piece. Ivanisevic who had fialed so often before held his nerve and eventually served for the match in the 16th game of the fifth. The Australian fought valiantly to the end, but it was Goran who dropped to his knees in celebration claiming one of the most popular titles of modern times.
1990 Stefan Edberg / Boris Becker 6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4
Another of the great rivalries produced the two finalist for three consecutive Wimbledon finals, Becker had won the first, Edberg the second and this, the third was set to be the real decider. Edberg the ice-cool, robotic Swede against the emotional German one-time wunderkind was the stuff of legend and it as the Swede who started the stronger coolly taking the first two sets. Becker wasn’t having any of it though and started to find his serve taking the next two and setting up a tense fifth set. The German went 3-1 up but the Swede broke to even it and broke again to get ahead and settle the score once and for all.
2008 Rafael Nadal / Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (8-10) 9-7
This was the moment Nadal unseated the world number one Federer form the throne of world tennis and the Swiss didn’t go down without a fight. Like a heavyweight title fight the two stood up to each other without giving an inch. 5 hours of scintillating tennis and the Spaniard emerged the victor. But when you see sport on this level, no one loses.
2011 Novak Djokovic / Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
Just when we thought we’d seen the very pinnacle of tennis and the greatest player of all time wrest the title form his great rival, along came the next greatest ever. Djokovic came into the final having beaten the Spaniard in four finals that year but Nadal was still considered the king of grass and many favoured him not to break his 20 game winning run at The All England Tennis Club. Nadal seized the initiative and the first set but as the match progressed it became clear that Djokovic a game plan to serve out wide to target Nadal’s backhand. Once the rallies started he took control from the baseline. Nerves started to tell towards the end but it was the Serb who took the match, the title, the position of world number one, and yet another of the great rivalries took to the sky.
By Hugo Mc Cafferty
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