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Here is a brief list of tennis matches that I have on dvd: 1988 US Open: Lendl v Davis Connors v Aldrich Agassi v Kriek Gomez v Krickstein Connors v Agassi Chang v Wilkison Mcenroe v Woodforde Edberg v Krickstein Wilander v Woodforde Wilander v Pernfors Wilander v Curren Wilander v Cahill Lendl v Agassi Lendl v Wilander Evert v Torres & Wiesner Graf v Hanika/Sabatini 1989 Forest Hills Agassi v Krickstein & Lendl 1989 French Open Agassi v Courier Chang v Chesnokov & Lendl Graf v Sanchez 1989 Wimbledon : Mcenroe v Pugh/Fitzgerald/Wilander/Edberg Chang v Schaphers Evert v Fendick Navratilova v Lindqvist / Graf Flach & Seguso v Fitzgerald / Jarryd 1989 US Open : Lendl v Courier Agassi v Grabb Chang v Mayotte Connors v Gomez Becker v Pernfors Graf v Fairbank Evert v Seles Mcenroe doubles Lendl v Agassi / Becker Becker v Krickstein Graf v Sabatini Navratilova v Garrison /Graf Sampras v Wilander Becker v Lendl / Edberg 1987 Orlando Connors v Gilbert & van Rensburg 1987 Piscataway Sukova v MccNeil 1987 Chicago Mayotte v Teltscher & Pate 1987 Dallas WCT McEnroe v Edberg & Mecir 1987 Family Circle Maleeva v Evert & Graf 1987 French Open Maleeva v Evert 1987 French Open Graf v Navratilova 1987 French Open Lendl v Wilander 1987 Wimbledon Mayotte v Wilkison 1987 Wimbledon Becker v Doohan 1987 Wimbledon Navratilova v Evert & Graf 1987 Wimbledon Lendl v Cash 1987 US Open McEnroe v Reneberg & Zivojinovic 1987 US Open Cash v Lundgren 1987 US Open Connors v Grabb/Leconte/Lendl 1987 US Open Evert v Maleeva 1987 US Open Graf v Tarabini 1987 US Open Navratilova v Lindqvist & Graf 1987 US Open Edberg v Wilander 1987 US Open Lendl v Wilander 1987 AT&t Lendl v Annacone 1987 AT&T McEnroe v Connors & Annacone 1987 Stakes Match Lendl v Cash and Round robin with MCEnroe,Edberg,Cash & Lendl 1988 Dallas WCT Becker v Edberg 1988 Orlando Mecir v Chesnokov 1988 Family Circle Cup Navratilova v Sabatini 1988 Chicago Mayotte v Annacone 1988 TOC Agassi v Krickstein 1988 TOC Agassi v Zivojinovic 1988 French Open Agassi v Gustaffsson & Wilander 1988 French Open Wilander v Leconte 1988 French Open Evert v Sanchez 1988 French Open Navratilova v Zvereva 1988 French Open Graf v Zvereva 1988 Wimbledon Connors v Rostagno 1988 Wimbledon Becker v Giammalva 1988 Wimbledon Navratilova v Evert & Graf 1988 Wimbledon Mecir v Edberg 1988 Wimbledon Becker v Lendl & Edberg 1990 Lipton Agassi v Edberg 1990 French Open Agassi v Courier Svensson Gomez 1990 US Open Agassi v Berger Becker Sampras 1990 Masters Agassi v Becker Edberg 1991 French open Agassi v Becker Courier 1991 Wimbledon Agassi v Prpic(brief) Wheaton 1992 French open Agassi v Sanchez (brief) v Courier 1992 Wimbledon Agassi v Rostagno Becker Mcenroe Ivanisevic 1992 US Open Agassi v Siemerink Costa Courier 1993 Wimbledon Agassi v Krajicek Sampras 1994 Wimbledon agassi v Krickstein Martin 1994 US Open agassi v Ferreira Chang Martin Stich 1990 Lipton Agassi d Edberg 1990 Lipton Seles d Wiesner 1990 Lipton Leach Pugh d Becker Motta 1990 Family Circle Cup Navratilova d Capriati 1990 French Open Agassi d Courier 1990 French Open Capriati d Paz 1990 French Open Agassi d Svensson 1990 French Open Gomez d Agassi 1990 Wimbledon Chang d Kratzmann 1990 Wimbledon Graf v Capriati 1990 Wimbledon Navratilova v Sabatini 1990 Wimbledon Lendl v Shelton 1990 Wimbledon Lendl v Pearce 1990 Wimbledon Lendl v Edberg 1990 Wimbledon Edberg v Chang 1990 Wimbledon Edberg v Bergstroem 1990 Wimbledon Edberg v Becker 1990 Wimbledon Becker v Gilbert 1990 Wimbledon Ivanisevic v Curren 1990 Wimbledon Seles v Garrison 1990 Wimbledon Graf v Garrison 1990 Wimbledon Navratilova v Garrison 1990 New Haven Rostagno v Chesnokov 1990 New Haven Rostagno v Woodbridge 1990 US Open Preview show 1990 US Open Highlight shows 1990 US Open Capriati v ? 1990 US Open Capriati v Graf 1990 US Open Lendl v Bloom 1990 US Open Cash v Krickstein 1990 US Open McEnroe v Sanchez 1990 US Open McEnroe v Sampras 1990 US Open Agassi v Berger 1990 US Open Agassi v Becker 1990 US Open Agassi v Sampras 1990 US Open Becker v Cahill 1990 US Open Sabatini v Fernandez 1990 US Open Graf v Sanchez Vicario 1990 US Open Graf v Sabatini 1990 US Open Mens doubles final 1990 Milan Shootout Lendl Mcenroe Edberg Agassi Cash Noah Edberg Svensson 1990 ATP Semis Agassi v Becker 1990 ATP Semis Agassi v Edberg 1991 Lipton Courier d Wheaton 1991 Lipton Seles d Sabatini 1991 Family Circle Cup Semis & Final 1991 French Open Chang d Forget 1991 French Open Courier v Larsson 1991 French Open Courier v Agassi 1991 French Open Becker v Agassi 1991 French Open Seles v Sanchez Vicario 1991 Wimbledon Mcenroe v Stolle 1991 Wimbledon Mcenroe v Fleurian 1991 Wimbledon Connors v Krickstein 1991 Wimbledon Connors v Rostagno 1991 Wimbledon Borg feature on NBC 1991 Wimbledon Ivanisevic v Brown 1991 Wimbledon Sampras v Rostagno 1991 Wimbledon Becker v Forget 1991 Wimbledon Agassi v Wheaton 1991 Wimbledon Sabatini v Capriati 1991 Wimbledon Graf v Sabatini 1991 Wimbledon Becker v Wheaton 1991 Wimbledon Stich v Becker 1991 Wimbledon Lendl v Washington 1991 Wimbledon Agassi v Prpic 1991 Indianapolis Becker v Sampras 1991 US Open warm up Capriati v Sabatini (not their quarterfinal match) 1991 US Open Connors v Mcenroe 1991 US Open Connors v Novacek 1991 US Open Connors v Krickstein 1991 US Open Connors v Courier 1991 US Open Mcenroe v Chang 1991 US Open Navratilova v Shriver 1991 US Open Graf v Navratilova 1991 US Open Seles v Capriati 1991 US Open Navratilova v Seles 1991 US Open Lendl v Edberg 1991 US Open Courier v Edberg 1991 US Open Fitzgerald Jarryd v Davis Pate 1991 US Open Highlight shows 1991 ATP FINAL Sampras v Courier 1992 Lipton Seles v ? 1992 Lipton Chang v Mancini 1992 French Open Courier v Medvedev 1992 French Open Courier v Agassi 1992 French Open Courier v Korda 1992 French Open Agassi v Sanchez 1992 French Open Seles v Graf 1992 Wimbledon Courier v Olkhovskiy 1992 Wimbledon Agassi v Rostagno 1992 Wimbledon Mcenroe v Cash 1992 Wimbledon Mcenroe v Olkhovskiy 1992 Wimbledon Mcenroe v Forget 1992 Wimbledon Mcenroe v Agassi 1992 Wimbledon Becker v Agassi 1992 Wimbledon Ivanisevic v Edberg 1992 Wimbledon Ivanisevic v Agassi 1992 Wimbledon Graf v Seles 1992 Wimbledon Navratilova v Seles 1992 Wimbledon Graf v Sabatini 1992 Wimbledon Mcenroe Stich v Reneberg ? 1992 Olympic coverage 1992 Mahwah Seles v Capriati 1992 US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day 1992 US Open Highlight shows 1992 US Open Mcenroe v Fromberg 1992 US Open Mcenroe v Courier 1992 US Open Courier v Agassi 1992 US Open Becker v Lendl 1992 US Open Agassi v Siemerink 1992 US Open Courier v Sampras 1992 US Open Sampras v Forget 1992 US Open Sampras v Edberg 1992 US Open Edberg v Lendl 1992 US Open Edberg v Chang 1992 US Open Seles v Sanchez Vicario 1992 US Open Mens Doubles Final 1992 US Open Womens semis 1993 Lipton Womens final 1993 Lipton Sampras v Washington 1993 Family Circle Cup semis & final 1993 French Open Sampras v Svensson 1993 French Open Courier v Krajicek 1993 French Open Graf v Fernandez 1993 French Open Courier v Bruguera 1993 Wimbledon Agassi v Krajicek 1993 Wimbledon Sampras v Agassi 1993 Wimbledon Sampras v Becker 1993 Wimbledon Sampras v Courier 1993 Wimbledon Becker v Stich 1993 Wimbledon Courier v Edberg 1993 Wimbledon Edberg v Matuszewski 1993 Wimbledon Graf v Novotna 1993 Wimbledon Womens semis 1993 Wimbledon Highlight shows 1993 US Open Sampras v Enqvist 1993 US Open Sampras v Volkov 1993 US Open Sampras v Pioline 1993 US Open womens semis Sukova v Sanchez Vicario 1993 US Open Masur v Pioline 1993 US Open mens doubles final 1993 US Open Muster v Mcenroe 1993 US Open Graf v Sukova 1993 US Open Navratilova v Sukova 1993 US Open Sampras v Chang 1993 US Open Muster v Volkov BORIS BECKER MATCHES 1987 Forest Hills Gomez d. Becker 1987 Wimbledon Doohan d. Becker 1987 Davis Cup Becker d Mcenroe 1988 Wimbledon Becker d Giammalva 1988 Wimbledon Becker d Cash 1988 Wimbledon Becker d Lendl 1988 Wimbledon Edberg d Becker 1988 Dallas Becker d Edberg 1989 French Open Becker d Perez Roldan 1989 Wimbledon Becker d Lendl 1989 Wimbledon Becker d Edberg 1989 US OPEN Becker d Pernfors 1989 US Open Becker d Krickstein 1989 US Open Becker d Lendl 1990 Lipton Pugh / Leach d Becker / Motta 1990 Wimbledon Edberg d Becker 1990 US Open Becker d Cahill 1990 US Open Agassi d Becker 1990 ATP CHps Sf Agassi d Becker 1991 French Open Agassi d Becker 1991 Wimbledon Becker d Forget 1991 Wimbledon Becker d Wheaton 1991 Wimbledon Stich d Becker 1991 US Open Haarhuis d Becker 1992 Wimbledon Agassi d Becker 1992 US Open Lendl d Becker 1993 Wimbledon Sampras d Becker 1976 US Open Connors v Borg 1978 US Open Borg v Connors 1980 US Open Connors v Mcenroe 1980 Maryland Connors v Borg 1981 Wimbledon & US Open Connors v Borg 1984 US Open Mcenroe v Connors 1985 French Open Connors v Benhabiles/Edberg 1985 US Open Connors v Lendl 1986 Ft Myers Lendl v Connors 1987 Orlando Connors v Gilbert // Vanrensburg 1987 Wimbledon Connors v Cash 1987 US Open Connors v Grabb / Leconte / Lendl 1988 Lipton Connors v Wilander 1988 Wimbledon Connors v Rostagno 1988 US Open Connors v Aldrich / Agassi 1989 US Open Connors v Gomez 1989 Palm Beach Connors v Agassi 1991 US Open Connors v Novacek / Krickstein / Courier 1982 Masters Mcenroe d Connors 1982 Masters Lendl d Mcenroe 1985 French Open Mcenroe d Sundstrom


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(Getty Images) WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Andy Roddick of USA looks despondent as Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy during the men’s singles final match on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2009 in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 87978030 GTY ID: 78030MT394_The_Champions


Ranking the 10 Most Epic Matches in Tennis History

Ranking the 10 Most Epic Matches in Tennis History


LoginFacebook LogoTwitter LogoCopy Link IconTennisRanking the 10 Most Epic Matches in Tennis HistoryJake CurtisTwitter LogoFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2013 CommentsComment Bubble IconRanking the 10 Most Epic Matches in Tennis History0 of 11Was Novak Djokovic's thrilling, five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the Wimbledon semifinals among the 10 most epic matches in tennis history? Perhaps Andy Murray's victory in the finals deserves a spot on the list since he became the first British man in 77 years to win a Wimbledon singles title. "Epic" means different things to different people. For the purposes of our rankings, we considered four factors: drama, importance of the match, greatness of the players involved and historical significance. There is a tendency to rank recent matches higher, partly because they are fresher in our memory and partly because increased media exposure gave them more prestige.  Nonetheless, our list includes matches from eight different decades, ranging from 1926 to 2012. We start with five matches that deserve honorable mention for their distinctive qualities but don't quite reach epic status. Then we count down the 10 most epic matches in history. Honorable Mention1 of 11Goran Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7, Wimbledon finals, 2011: The wild atmosphere of this Monday finals, as described by Sports Illustrated,added to the dramatic and surprising victory by Ivanisevic, who was ranked 125th at the time. John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68, Wimbledon first round, 2010: The 11-hour, 5-minute match that covered three days was by far the longest match in history.The 138 games and 8 hours and 11 minutes consumed in the fifth set alone easily broke the records for the longest match in history. Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche, 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, U.S. Open finals, 1969: .Although the match itself was not particularly riveting, the result completed Laver's second Grand Slam. He is the only player to win all four majors in the same year twice. Vicki Nelson defeated Jean Hepner, 6-4, 7-6, Virginia Slims of Richmond, Va., first round, 1984: Nelson and Hepner played a single point that lasted 29 minutes and 643 shots, by far the longest point in a professional match. Nelson collapsed with cramps after winning the point, according to the New York Times account.Then she got up and won the 6-hour, 11-minute match. Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors, 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, Wimbledon finals, 1975: The 22-year-old top-seeded Connors was an overwhelming 3-to-20 betting favorite, according to an ESPN.comarticle. In fact, he was a 9-to-10 favorite to win in straight sets. But the No. 6-seeded 31-year-old Ashe took the pace off his shots, relying on angles and finesse to frustrate Connors' powerful groundstrokes in a major upset. 10. Monica Seles vs. Steffi Graf, French Open Finals, 19922 of 11Monica Seles' 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory over Steffi Graf in the 1985 French Open finals barely edged out Margaret Court's 14-12, 11-9 victory over Billie Jean King in the 1970 Wimbledon final for the 10th spot on our list. The 18-year-old Seles was ranked No. 1 in the world and had already won five of the nine Grand Slam titles she would eventually capture. Graf was 22 and ranked No. 2, having won 10 of the 22 major titles she would ultimately claim, causing her to be rated the top women's player in history by the Tennis Channel. In the 1992 French Open, Graf fought off five match points against her in a taut, 90-minute third set. She saved four of those match points while serving at 3-5, and rallied to take leads of 6-5 and 7-6. But Seles ultimately prevailed. "I think it was the most emotional match I've played ever, not just in a Grand Slam, but in any tournament," Seles said, according to Time magazine. 9. Henri Cochet vs. Bill Tilden, Wimbledon Semifinals, 19273 of 11At age 34, Bill Tilden seemed to be cruising to his third Wimbledon title, having won the event the only two previous times he had played in it. Tilden was breezing past semifinal opponent Henri Cochet, a 25-year-old Frenchman, 6-2, 6-4, 5-1, for what appeared to be another lopsided victory. Suddenly, everything changed as Cochet decided to go for winners on virtually every shot. "I made 17 points in a row, so I decided perhaps I should fight," Cochet said later, according to a Sports Illustratedreport. Cochet won six straight games to win the third set. He went on to win the match 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3.  Cochet won the final over Jean Borotra after losing the first two sets again. 8. Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal, Australian Open Finals, 20124 of 11The emotion and energy spent in Novak Djokovic's 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 victory over Rafael Nadal in the 2012 Australian finals were evident throughout. The match lasted five hours and 53 minutes, longer by almost an hour than the previous longest Grand Slam finals in history, according to the Guardian.The match, which began Sunday evening, did not end until 1:37 a.m. Monday Melbourne time. It was the third straight Grand Slam final matching Djokovic and Nadal, who were the top two players in the world at the time. Nadal, who had gone to his knees in celebration after winning the fourth-set tiebreaker, took a 4-2 lead in the final set. Djokovic rallied to tie it at 4-4, but was flat on his back, apparently exhausted, after losing a 32-shot rally in the ninth game. Djokovic persevered to take a 6-5 lead, then saved a break point against him in the 12th game before finally holding serve to close it out. 7. Pancho Gonzales vs. Charlie Pasarell, Wimbledon First Round, 19695 of 11Pancho Gonzales was 41 years old, and it had been 21 years since he won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1948 U.S. Championship. But despite losing the first two sets and having seven match points against him in the fifth set, Gonzales beat the up-and-coming 25-year-old Charlie Pasarell  22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9 in a first-round marathon at the 1969 Wimbledon. At the time, it was the longest match in Wimbledon history. Gonzales virtually gave away the second set because he was angered the match was not suspended after one set because of darkness, according to a BBC account. Gonzales' behavior brought boos from the crowd. But the excitement increased the next day, when the aging Gonzales twice rebounded from triple-match points against him, according to a report in The Guardian. At both 4-5 and 5-6 in the final set, Gonzales dug himself into 0-40 holes, only to serve his way out of both situations. Pasarell's final match point came at 7-8, when Pasarell hit a lob out. Gonzales summoned the strength to win the final 11 points of the five-hour, 12-minute match and claim the win. 6. Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova, French Open Finals, 19856 of 11The 1985 French Open finals was the 65th and best of the 80 matches Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova would play against each other. Navratilova held a 33-31 lead against Evert at the time and had won 15 of their previous 16 meetings, including a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the 1984 French Open finals. But Evert won this one 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking at age 30. This matchup of the two stars with the contrasting styles produced great entertainment.  As described in an excerpt from Johnette Howard's bookThe Rivals: Chris Evert Vs. Martina Navratilova: Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship, "The match they played was dazzling, not for its perfection necessarily but more for the stomach-gnawing tension and the stirring determination they displayed." Navratilova rallied from down 2-4, 0-40 in the second set to force a third. In the deciding set, Evert let a 5-3 lead slip away. Navratilova tied it 5-5 and, with momentum on her side, had an 0-40 lead on Evert's serve in the 11th game. Evert came back to hold serve, then broke Navratilova's serve in the 12th game to close it out. 5. Ken Rosewall vs. Rod Laver, WCT Finals, Dallas, 19727 of 11Rod Laver wrote in his memoir of the 1972 WCT finals,according to World Tennis, “I think if one match can be said to have made tennis in the United States, this was it.” Laver, then 33, and Ken Rosewall, 37, had already played each other 137 times as amateurs and pros before that meeting in Dallas. They would meet just five more times after that. But this one was epic, not only because of the gripping tennis, but because it was televised. NBC preempted three regularly scheduled programs to show the match's conclusion as it passed the three-hour mark. "A record tennis audience of 23 million watched spellbound, riveted by the sights of two terrific athletes displaying their superb skills in a thrilling fashion," wrote Paul Fein in an excerpt from his book, Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches and Controversies. Rosewall let a 4-2 lead in the fifth set slip away, and Laver held a 5-4 lead in the final-set tiebreaker with two serves upcoming. But Rosewall produced two remarkable service returns with his legendary backhand to take a 6-5 lead, and Laver erred on a service return to end the match. Rosewall won 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, and pocketed $50,000. 4. Don Budge vs. Gottfried Von Cramm, Davis Cup, 19378 of 11The 1937 Davis Cup match between Don Budge and Gottfried von Cramm had all the ingredients of epic tennis. It matched the United States and Germany in a pre-World War II battle, although von Cramm had refused to join the Nazi party, according to a CNN report. Bill Tilden, an American star of the 1920s and '30s, was the coach of the German squad, an unusual circumstance indeed. Budge was the No. 1 player in the world at the time and had just beaten von Cramm easily in the finals at Wimbledon. And now they were facing each other again at the All England Club in the fifth and deciding match of the Davis Cup Challenge Round. It turned out to be a thriller. Budge was favored, but von Cramm won the first two sets. Budge rallied to take the next two sets, but von Cramm was on the verge of a monumental victory when he went ahead 4-1 in the fifth. It was high drama in what was the most important tennis competition of that era. According to the CNN article,the radio broadcast of the match kept many people home from work, and the New York Stock Exchange was halted as traders stopped to listen. Budge rallied to go ahead in the fifth set, but von Cramm saved five match points before Budge won it on his sixth match point with an amazing passing shot. In a New York Times blog,Marshall Jon Fisher, author of A Terrible Splendor, a book about that Budge-von Cramm Davis Cup encounter, called Budge's 6-8, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 8-6 victory the greatest match ever played. 3. Suzanne Lenglen vs. Helen Wills, Cannes, France, Finals, 19269 of 11A 1962 Sports Illustratedarticle began with the following paragraph: The most eagerly awaited and universally talked about tennis match ever played did not take place at Wimbledon, Forest Hills, Melbourneor Sydney. Tilden didn't play in it, neither did Budge, Vines, Cochet, Lacoste, Perry, Kramer, Sedgman, Hoad or Gonzalez. Matched instead were two young women, Suzanne Lenglen of Franceand Helen Willsof California. Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills, the two dominant players of the era, met on the court only once.  Lenglen never lost a completed Grand Slam tournament match on the court. She won six Wimbledon titles and eight Grand Slam events from 1919 to 1926 and did not lose more than four games in any of her last five Wimbledon finals.  Wills was equally dominant, winning 19 Grand Slam singles events between 1923 and 1938. Starting with her U.S. Championship victory in 1924 and ending with her Wimbledon victory in 1938, Wills never lost a completed match on the court in a Grand Slam singles event. She did not play Wimbledon in 1925, and an appendectomy kept her out of Wimbledon in 1926. Lenglen and Wills finally met in a small tournament at the Carlton Club in Cannes, France. The match produced a circus atmosphere as spectators, some sitting in trees and on rooftops, were often loud, according to the Sports Illustrated report. Both played cautiously, and after Lenglen won the first set 6-3, there are conflicting reports on the second set. An Associated Press story, as published by the New York Times, reported, Wills took a 3-0 lead in the second set, while Sports Illustrated said it was 3-1. Both reports agreed that at 3-1, the melodramatic Lenglen clutched her heart area as if in pain, and went to the sidelines for a drink of cognac. The Associated Press story said Wills had a double set point at 5-4, 40-15, in the second set, when a bad call by a linesman cost her the set. The Sports Illustrated account, which did not mention Wills' set point, said Lenglen had a match point at 6-5, when a deep ball hit by Wills was called out by the crowd, but not by a linesman. The players, assuming the crowd's call was the official one, shook hands and had photos taken. When they were informed the ball officially had been ruled in, they went back on the court, and Wills won the game to tie it at 6-6. Nonetheless, Lenglen won the next two games to complete a 6-3, 8-6 victory. 2. Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe, Wimbledon Finals, 198010 of 11The 22-minute, 34-point, fourth-set tiebreaker in the 1980 Wimbledon finals between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg trumps all challengers in terms of drama. That tie-breaker alone guarantees the contest a lofty spot among the best matches ever. But was it the most epic match ever? It's a tough call, because other matches had more sustained tennis excellence than Borg's 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6 victory over McEnroe. Long-time New York Times tennis writer Neil Amdur was enthralled by Rafael Nadal's 2008 victory over Roger Federer. "But," he wrote in the New York Times in 2011,"after watching chunks of the 3:53 McEnroe-Borg final at an HBO screening, I am tempted again to reaffirm its place as the sport's single most compelling piece of court magic." The match had plenty of intrigue simply because of the contrasting styles and personas of the world's top two players. However, the match hit a new level in the seemingly endless tiebreaker. McEnroe, who had survived a double match point against him earlier in the fourth set, fought off five more match points in the tiebreaker. Borg, meanwhile, survived six set points against him in the tiebreaker, which included five side changes. Finally, on McEnroe's seventh set point, Borg netted a volley, ending a tiebreaker that had lasted only five minutes less than the entire first set. "The drama of the 18-16 fourth set tie breaker in McEnroe-Borg was like a riveting, unscripted theatrical experience," Amdur wrote. Borg's resilience in winning the fifth set 8-6 added to the match's lore.  It was the fifth consecutive Wimbledon title for Borg, who had turned 24 just a month earlier. It was also his last Wimbledon title. 1. Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer, Wimbledon Finals, 200811 of 11Roger Federer's five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in the 2007 Wimbledon finals might be on this list were it not for their rematch in the 2008 finals. Events coalesced on July 6, 2008, to create, in many minds, the greatest match ever played anywhere. Nadal and Federer had already developed an appealing rivalry, and Federer had dominated Wimbledon, having won the previous five Wimbledon titles in a row, His five-set victory over Nadal in the 2007 final heightened the anticipation for their 2008 meeting. They responded with four hours and 48 minutes of classic tennis, the longest final in Wimbledon history. Adding to the splendor of Nadal's 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (6-8), 9-7 victory was that it ended at 9:16 p.m., in a shroud of darkness. "Last year's emotional tussle immediately took its place among the best Wimbledon finals, but this five-set classic—played on a rainy, gusty day—was better yet," the New York Timesreported. Federer fought off two match points against him in the fourth set, and the match was twice interrupted by rain. Federer finished the match with 89 winners, and he still lost. "This is the greatest match I've ever seen," John McEnroe said, according to The Telegraph. The sustained drama of a match involving the world's two best players on tennis' biggest stage put it in contention for the most epic match in history. The fact that it ended in darkness put it on top. Facebook LogoTwitter LogoCopy Link IconComments Down Arrow IconFacebook LogoTwitter LogoInstagram LogoAboutAdvertiseBlogContact UsCareersCommunity GuidelinesPressPrivacyTerms Of UseTicketsAdChoices Bleacher Report LogoCopyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.All Rights Reserved.


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