Sport rivalries always make fans watch to see who will win this round. Tennis makes no exception and great rivalries have existed in the history of this sport that provided fans with matches of high quality every time the rivals would meet. Read the following lines and find out which are the top 5 rivalries in tennis history.
5. Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams
This is certainly the most interesting and admirable rivalry between two tennis players due to the fact that they are sisters. These tennis goddesses played each other 24 times, Serena taking the lead by 14-10 over her sister. Eight of their confrontations came in the finals of Grand Slam tournaments and Serena leads here as well by having six wins over Venus. Venus was the number one ranked player in February 2002 and she lost her spot to her sister Serena in July of the same year. The most amazing thing to watch is the way the winner consoled the loser when the match between them ended. After all, family comes first and you can’t show off and gloat in front of your sad sister.
4. Rod Laver vs. Ken Rosewall
Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall played 143 times one against the other in the amateur and professional tours. Rod Laver leads by 80-63 in their meetings. The most significant match between these two players took place in 1972 in Dallas, when Rosewall defeated Laver with the score of 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 while an audience of 23 million people were watching them display their skills and fighting for each point like it was the last one.
3. Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras
Tennis players Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras had an interesting rivalry due to the fact that they were extremely different not only in their game style, but they had different personalities as well. They played “you’re it” with the number one spot for several years and pushed one another to always play at their best. They met on the court 34 times and Sampras leads by 20-14 in their confrontations. Their most memorable match was in the 2001 U.S. Open quarterfinals, when Sampras won by 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, neither player breaking the opponent’s serve the entire match.
2. Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova
The two players had a 16 year rivalry between them, time in which they met 80 times on the court and Navratilova leads Evert by 43-37 in these meetings. They met in tournament finals sixty times, fourteen of them being Grand Slam finals. The best match between these two players took place in the 1985 French Open finals, where Navratilova made a come back after the first set was won by Evert and pushed the match in the third and final set, but it was Evert that won the match with the score of 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 and reclaimed her spot as world leader at the age of 30.
1. Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Federer was the undisputed king of tennis, ranking number one for 237 weeks in a row until Nadal came and took his place. These two are without a doubt two of the best tennis players of all time. They pushed each other to break numerous records until now and they are still going at it. They played against each other 30 times and Nadal leads by 20-10; this is an amazing score that only the Spanish player could hold over the amazing Swiss. Nadal and Federer provided the fans of this sport with the best tennis match of all time as well. They played in the 2008 Wimbledon final for the title and they wrote tennis history during that confrontation. This match was the longest in Wimbledon final history, taking four hours and 48 minutes for the champion to be decided. Nadal won his first Wimbledon title in this match with the score of 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(6-8), 9-7.