Tennis has given a lot of truly great matches in its history, but there are some of them that stick out more and remain a subject of discussion for a long time. When making the top 5 greatest matches in tennis history we must take in consideration the drama and the importance of the match.
5.John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon 2010
The match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut from the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon men’s singles was the longest match in tennis history. The American John Isner who was the 23rd seed defeated the French player that came from the qualification rounds after 11 hours and 5 minutes of play with the final score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3), 70-68. The match was played over three days. Besides establishing a probably impossible to surpass record of duration for a match, the game between the two players broke numerous other Wimbledon and tennis records like most games in a match, most games in a set, most points in a match, total aces in a match, longest set, most aces in a match by one player, most games won by winning player, most games won by losing player and consecutive services service games held in a match. It ranks number 5 in our top because of the ambition of the two players to not give up, the quality of the match and the fact that it broke many records.
4.Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal at Australian Open 2012
The 2012 Australian Open final that was held between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal lasted five hours and 53 minutes and broke the record set by the match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Fereder at the Wimbledon final to become the longest Grand Slam final match. It was an amazing match between the two tennis idols that ended after a series of surprising moments with the victor of Novak Djokovic with the score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. In the final set Nadal took a 4-2 lead and things didn’t seem like they would change, but we all know that Novak is a fighter and he doesn’t give up. Novak tied it to 4-4 and preserved to take a 6-5 lead that he defended by having a good service. This way he won the title at the Australian Open for the third time but not the last, as time showed us.
3.Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova at French Open 1985
The 1985 French Open final was the best of the 80 matches in which the two women played against each other. Chris Evert defeated Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 and she reclaimed the world number one ranking at the age of 30. It was a match full of ups and downs and stomach gnawing tension. In the final set, Evert was leading 5-3 but her opponent tied it at 5-5 and she even had a 0-40 lead on Evert’s game after changing the score but Evert kept her cool, held her serve and defeated Navratilova on her serve to end the beautiful match with the trophy above her head.
2.Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe at Wimbledon 1980
In 1980, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe were the top two tennis players of the world and they had contrasting styles and personas, making all the matches between them spectacular. But none of the other matches could compare to the Wimbledon final of that year. Bjorg won the title at Wimbledon for the fifth consecutive time and unfortunately it was his last title there as well. He defeated the American by 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(16-18), 8-6. The most dramatic part of this tennis confrontation was the tie break from the fourth set tat lasted an amazing 22 minutes being just 5 minutes shorter than the actual set.
1.Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2008
The greatest match in tennis history is the Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer held on the 6th of July 2008 by far. The match ended after four hours and 48 minutes when it was already dark, adding to the beauty of the moment the champion was decided. The Spanish titans of tennis Rafael Nadal defeated the Swiss legend Roger Federer with the score of 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(6-8), 9-7. This was the first Wimbledon singles title for Nadal and the fact that he won it by defeating the best tennis player of all time in the match that would be widely considered as the best in tennis history make the moment he won the most important and spectacular event in his tennis career.