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I cannot believe that it has been 10 years since this unforgettable match took place. The memories of this match still feel so recent and raw. Roger Federer at this point had won 5 Wimbledons on the trot. Rafael Nadal, two Wimbledon finals in a row but no reward. Federer was simply too good on grass.
8-year-old me was expecting another one-sided affair. Everyone around me was rooting for the overwhelming favourite, Federer. I for some reason decided to root for the underdog, Nadal. Perhaps to see a new winner of the highly prestigious Wimbledon crown.
Halfway into the match, I thought that Nadal finally broke his duck. Federer, to everyone's surprise, found himself two sets to love down. Nadal was playing the best grass court tennis of his life.
But once again, Federer found some of that grass court magic he carries with himself and mounted a charge. Two thrilling tiebreakers, two sets to Federer, game on.
The sky started to darken as the final set began. ...more
Federer has been my favorite player ever since I got into the sport of tennis and his performance was just spectacular. I realize he lost, but that's because Nadal was also playing some of the best tennis he's ever played. That match started a long run of consecutive wins and amazing play for Nadal. This match showed the best out of both players. They deserve the title for the best match ever.
This match was the best I have ever seen as far as ground stroke and quality of tennis. I remember my daughter complaining about my watching this match all day! This match showed me that Rafael Nadal will be one of the greatest ever. Also, it showed me Roger Federer has a heart of champion like no other. This was supposedly the end of Federer. He made 6 straight finals on Grand Slams and won 4 of them. All four of the grand slams in 6. Incredible.
Best. Match. Ever.V 26 Comments
This spectacular match is the longest and most thrilling grand slam final ever. The sure brialliance of Djokovic and the will and determination for Nadal defined every rally. The match was also the longest grand slam final at a colossal 5 hours 53 minutes of break taking tennis. This is the greatest tennis match of all time and many of the sports greats agree too, Borg and Agassi just to name a few.
"Novak has proven he is the best returner in history" -Andre Agassi
"This was the best match I've ever witnessed" -Pete Sampras
"You think you've seen everything and then you see this (match)" -Patrick McEnroe
"Well, there's nothing left to say here... Simply the greatest match I ever saw in my lifetime" -John McEnroe
"A new definition of suffering to win the title" -Mary Carillo
"It's simply incredible what these tow have accomplished" -Mats Wilander
"We are witnessing an instant classic" -Rod Laver
The 2008 wimbledon final was the best... Until this match was played
This is so much better than 2008 in terms of quality and epicness.V 22 Comments
The best match tennis of the world
Nadal is the best
The best match I've ever seen
What a match! ThrillerV 13 Comments
So tight and entertaining match, it's a shame that it isn't in the top 3.
The only way this match would have been perfect is if Roddick would have found a way to win.
Oh for me it was the most entertaining match when two of the world's greatest players played their heart out
As a Roddick fan, both my favorite and least-favorite match. He deserved to win it as much as Roger did. His effort was superhuman against his lifelong bogeyman.V 3 Comments
For most tennis fans, this was the dream final. The two biggest rivals in the history of the sport playing in yet another Grand Slam final after everyone had written them off. The match itself was far better than anyone had expected. It was a scintillating display of exciting baseline rallies, pin-point net play and masterful serving. It was also brimming with drama, especially in the fifth set, where there were plenty of break-point opportunities, close games and momentum shifts. You couldn't pick a winner until that final Hawk-Eye challenge that had everyone on the edge of their seats. Perhaps not the most elegant way to end it, but certainly a fitting conclusion to what was one of the most suspenseful matches in Grand Slam history. Most people will tell you that their final at Wimby '08 was the greatest match of all time. However, the hype, the story, the drama and the overall quality makes this match my pick.
What makes this match so special is that Federer had just taken 6 months off, had dropped to no. 17 in the world and wasn't expected to make it past the third round. He ended up beating his biggest rival in the Grand Final after being down a break and suffering from a leg injury in the fifth set. He had finally claimed the 18th major that had eluded him for so long. What Federer accomplished in those two weeks at the Aussie Open is Hollywood-worthy.
In terms of exalted level of play and tennis historic (GOAT-esque) stakes, this is, for me, right up there with their epic 2008 Wimbledon Final. I am a huge Federer fan and so, of course, was thrilled to see him get the best of his great rival/nemesis in a 5 set match for the first time in a decade. Roger's complete "go for it" determination and unprecedentedly (Wawrinka-esque) powerful flat one-handed backhand changed the usual dynamics of the match-up and allowed him to prevail in the decisive fifth set where he had, typically, faltered. (Props to his new coach I.L. for getting him to stay fearlessly aggressive and to abandon the backhand slice! ) A truly epic and totally unexpected encounter between the (near) consensus two greatest players of all time -- and one that exceeded all possible expectations. Toss up between this and the 2008 Wimbledon classic -- but, as a Fed Fan, if I had to choose between them, I'll go with this. Bravo to both legends on this latest reminder of their ...more
After a whole year (2016) discredited, they came back to make the game of the decade.V 19 Comments
Some of the cleanest ball striking I've ever seen. Roger can't break Novak for 3 sets, then, down 5-2 in the fourth, gets consecutive breaks to save the match. True grit. Roger playing so well at 33 against a 27 year old opponent of Novak's caliber simply cements his legacy as the best ever.
The fact that Roger was still able to put up that kind of fight at that age just goes to show his true greatness. Credit to Novak because he raised his game to match and even surpass Nadal and Federer at this point in their careers.
A true clash of titans
Incredible shot making by both. unbelievable matchV 2 Comments
I felt like I was watching a fight amongst gladiators in this match, that to give up would be to hand over your life. The gutsiest of performances in any sport that I have ever witnessed.
Important match but boring baseline play where neither could EVER break
11 hours and five minutes of back and fourth action. Greatest tennis match of all-time. - DrummerBoyJack
The way rafa come up in 3 rd set 4-4 (0-40) was truly amazing...
Rafa is the best
It was a beautiful match, not too long, but with intensity and very technical rallies.. Certainly, the way Rafa come up in 3 rd set 4-4 (0-40) was truly amazing
The whole of tennis history changed with this match. New era, new skill. McEnroe the god was born...
The mother of modern tennis finals.
"Intensity and skill as never seen before (and hardly after)
Simply the greatestV 10 Comments
Perhaps an overlooked classic. McEnroe was at the height of his powers in June 1984 albeit playing on a surface he was not wild about. These 2 guys, who basically loathed one another, had a see sawing career rivalry which at this juncture had McEnroe in the ascendancy. McEnroe played flawless tennis for 2 sets. The weather was warm and McEnroe was in command. Somehow in the middle of the 3rd set, with McEnroe cruising towards an emphatic straight sets victory, Lendl began to claw his way back into the match. His superior fitness in the energy sapping conditions started to come into play. A momentum player at best McEnroe fell apart in the final set despite going down only 5-7 in the clinch. The crowd got behind Lendl (as merely an underdog since he was never a natural crowd favourite) and McEnroe began to disintegrate. This was a heartbreaking loss for McEnroe as he knew that he would never again have such a gilt edged opportunity to win at Roland Garros. He never reached another ...more
Mac STILL loses sleep over this one. amazing match
For the amazing tension and sheer quality of the first set this has to be in the top 10 matches ever. Awesome match
The match is special because this is Murray's first grand slam title!
Only Grand Slam match I recall going 4 straight sets with neither player ever breaking serve. Combine that with two contrasting styles of play (serve & volley vs power baseline, one handed backhand vs two handed backhand, etc), and contrasting personalities and you end up with an incredibly entertaining match of "who's gonna flinch first".
Underrated match for sure. Safin defeated Roger Federer in his prime, which might be the biggest accomplishment you can do in tennis.
In my top 3. Safin played out of his skin and the brilliance of the tennis was sustained throughout. Good to see the match on this list
I have never seen such quality of play being sustained for so long.
Revenge of the weak!V 5 Comments
You mean 1980 final
McEnroe just did not give up
What a jerk to leave a comment like that. Your Chrissie would find your comments a disgrace. Martina is a brave and true legend and everyone knows that at her best, Martina was just a little bit better than Evert and even Chris Evert would agree with that assumption. It was a great match and the "slow" clay always gave Evert an advantage over Navratilova.
Chrissy's last real victory against her almost male counter part. Grace and elegance and beauty and sexyness_ Evert was all those things.
It's a shame that Navratilova seems to be mostly overlooked when celebrating legends of the game, fact is that she won a total of 354 titles (singles,doubles and mixed), nobody in the game (mens or womens) comes even remotely close that achievement
I remember this one
What is this crap? all people from this year is dead LOL
Maybe not the best match, but definitely my most memorable. I cried when Goran won.
Greatest emotional match of all time
The story. It is all about the story...
Was going for Rafter but Goran was amazing! He broke Australian hearts!
Wouldn't find a more higher quality match ever including all the epic Federer-Nadal-Djokovic battles. No, this was 2 guys letting go and displaying the full free flowing nature of their games. The recurring theme to one-up the other, the back and forth drama between rallies, the emotions shown after every point - this match had it all.
Greatest left handed match ever! 5h15 of pure tennis, with both incredible effects and power. Nadal hit tremendous shots (e.g. banana's shot at 6-7 5-4 40A),Verdasco made an incredible 4th set tie break.
The most memorable tennismatch I've seen in 35 years.
On one side drama, quality and tension were unreal. On the other side it kickstarted the career of the loser of this epic battle. A mentally devastating defeat, with a career breaking potential, surprisingly built the base of one of the most beautiful stories tennis history has written.
A great match - one of the best I’ve ever seen
The end of an era, Fed is truly the master, he out serve-and-volleys Sampras and then goes on to play the most successful baseline game in history.
Storied start to Rogers career, breaking Petes 38 match Wimby streak on Petes favorite court. Roger was 19 at the time. Roger wins the first game by serving 4 aces. Classic Wimbledon. Lots of bang-bang serve and volley dealt by two of the greatest, in hindsight, while the torch was being passed from one to the other.
It was an amazing macth in more than 4 hours
Woowww great match
Lots of drama. Krickstein got caught up in Connors web of insanity! Amazing that Connors had that run at 39 years old.
Krickstein was the top Junior when I played as a Junior. We all idolized him. It’s cool to see him come up as a contender on this list.
Almost 6 hours of what tennis truly is about: fighting.
Beautifully played epic.
Thrilling, nerves all around, high expectations from nadal and he delivered..
Watched full match standing, no toilet breaks either
Highest level of tennis I've seen from any 1 player. Stan Wawrinka in full flight is impossible to stop.
Some of the hardest hitting I have ever seen. Spectacular throughout...
This has some of the pure best shot matching out between the two out of all their clashes. I think this one gets forgotten because of the drama of 2008 Wimbledon. That and the 5th set saw Fed fade away.
This match was overshadowed by the drama happened in 2008, otherwise I would rate this match right on top with Wimbledon 2008 final if not better.
Some of the best points you'll ever see. Nadal's one point is simply the best point I'll ever see.
The moment Federer broke down and cried because he just couldn't beat Rafa. The highest quality final
The 2 just played great, tried there best and the match made history.
Saw this match on T.V. at the time and could not believe it; This, for their time, is the equal of the Nadal and Federer rivalry.
A more important match to the history of Tennis than any of the others listed here.
Great match and great returning. Nadal dethrones Coria to take the title King of Clay.
The two just tried there best, played great and made a great match in history.
Watch the highlights this match was non-stop action with incredible defense, shot making, and razor-close scoreline.
Very, very occasionally a player can go out and peak right on the moment on the biggest stage. Del Potro just went for it, nailing the ball time after time. And wound up Federer big time. Federer and Agassi are the two who truly brought out the best in great opponents
Two sets to love down, 5-1 down...and Connors summons up the grit yet again to win this epic. Pernfors was a top five player that day. Beat that interneters..
A brutal match point to top off a memorable match. Neither player deserved to lose this one!
This was a final, not a semi bro.
McEnroe was the most skilful player and Connors the greatest fighter. This match had them at their best. Over 4 riveting hours.
Simply the most perfect display of tennis ever by McEnroe or anyone before or since, this was absolutely breathtaking.
If you don't believe me please watch the quality of McEnroe in this match on YouTube
Wow that was incredible, I'm too young to of seen this live thanks for sharing this, what a performance
I was 15 when I watched this anihalation, it was the most perfect game of tennis by McEnroe that nobody before or after has never come close to bettering.
The talent and the skill and prowess of McEnroe on this day was the most beautiful thing I think I’ve ever witnessed, McEnroe was so good on this day it brings a tear of joy to my eye remembering it.
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