We remember tennis matches either because of the iconic players or because of the thrill of a tight match. Even though picking out the best tennis matches from history can indeed be challenging, some of them are truly worth remembering forever.
The definition of best or “epic” is different to each one of us. So to find out the best matches among all, we have considered four factors mainly drama, match importance, the popularity of the players, and historical significance.
Now let us explore the top 5 tennis matches that we think are simply the best.
5. Bjorn Borg – John McEnroe, 1980 Wimbledon final
Two of the most popular tennis players who were stars in their era played in the Wimbledon finals in the 1980s. This is one of the most memorable matches and the 5-set final was won by Borg. This was a very tight match as things started out really slow for Borg. But eventually what the world witnessed can be termed as one of the best tennis matches ever.
4. Monica Seles – Steffi Graf, 1992 French Open final
Monica Seles won by 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 over Steffi Graf in 1985 French Open Finals. At that time, Seles was ranked no. 1 who had already won 5 grand slams title out of the nine. Graf, on the other hand, was ranked 2 having won 10 out of the 22 titles. In the 1992 match, even though Graf dominated throughout, but it was won by Seles.
3. Roger Federer – Pete Sampras, 2001 Wimbledon 4th round
This match was played between two of the most popular tennis players ever, and hence this was ideally described as the ultimate showdown. When this match was played, Sampras was on the top of his career graph with a 31-match win streak at the Wimbledon. Federer, at that time, was only 19 years old and thus it was a very huge undergoing for him to stand against Sampras. This was one of the tightest matches as two sets even went for a tiebreaker. Ultimately, Sampras won the match by 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5.
2. John Isner – Nicolas Mahut, 2010 Wimbledon 1st Round
Even though both the players cannot be termed as great of their times, but they did have their fair share of wins. This is indeed on the most dramatic match that both of them played really tight. The match started as a calm one but eventually, the world witnessed a great game. It went on a multiday event after which Isner finally won by 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68
1. Rafael Nadal – Roger Federer, 2008 Wimbledon finals
They were two of the best players of their times and whenever they met, fans expected a high-intensity match. Federer has always dominated Wimbledon, having won its last 5 titles in a row. They did put up a great game of classic tennis for 4 hours and 48 minutes, which was the longest Wimbledon final. Nadal finally got his taste of victory by 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (6-8), 9-7.