Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely considered as the most prestigious one. Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a millions fan following around the world.
It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts. The only Slam contested on grass has given us some iconic tennis moments be it Nadal outstripping Federer or the 17 year old Boris Becker capturing the Wimbledon championship or Andy Murray ending the Britain’s much awaited Wimbledon longing after winning 2013 Wimbledon’s trophy.
Here, DSPORT has picked up top 5 most iconic moments in Wimbledon’s history. Have a look:
Classic finals of Borg-McEnroe Tiebreaker, 1980
This 22 minutes, 18-16 fourth-set tie breaker has gone down in the Tennis history. Borg, the calm, cool, and collected swede against the fiery American John McEnroe created an interesting dynamic on the court. Even before they got to that 34-point tie-break, it was already an occasion loaded with significance as Borg was trying to win a fifth successive title at the All England Club.
It was against Borg that McEnroe had made his impudent entrance onto the world tennis stage. In 1978, as an 18-year-old, he strode into Borg’s home arena, in Stockholm, and stunned the world’s best player in straight sets in front of the country’s king; up to that point, Borg had never lost to a younger player. But July 5, 1980, belonged to Borg, and this is the one match of theirs that tennis fans remember and celebrate forever. A back-and-forth affair finished off with an epic tiebreak, the 24-year-old Bjorn Borg won his fifth (and final) Wimbledon in a row.
Andy Murray ends Britain’s 77 years drought, 2013
After seven decades without a men’s champion, the Scot had the nation in tears of joy when he took the title in 2013. It was a memorable win for Britain fans as no British male had ever won a Wimbledon singles title since 1936.
Andy Murray, the best British hope in years, had lost to Roger Federer in the 2012 Wimbledon final. The pressure on Murray from his home country to win Wimbledon was mounting as he entered his final-round match against Novak Djokovic in 2013. Murray knocked off top-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the 2013 Wimbledon giving his fans the most awaited moment since 1936.
The ferocious final of Nadal-Federer, 2008
Considered as the greatest tennis match in history, Rafael Nadal’s 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7 victory over Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final was not less than any Hollywood suspense movie.
It all started out with a 35-minute rain delay. Nadal won the first two sets of the match which worried the tennis fans who were expecting to see an ultra-competitive match. Federer started his comeback in the third set, but was stopped at 5-4 when another rain delay took effect for eighty minutes. The third set ended up going to tiebreak, but Federer held on. Federer also won the next tiebreak. Just when everyone thought the match couldn’t possibly get any more tensions, there was then one more rain delay in-between the fourth and fifth set. The action never stopped again after that.
After various breaks, holdings of serves, and incredible rallies, Nadal topped Federer at his best event for the first time in his career. He also became only the third player ever to win the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back.
Venus Williams outlasts Lindsay Davenport, 2005
Williams’s 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7 victory over Davenport, her long-time rival, gave her a third Wimbledon singles title. Davenport definitely did her best to keep Williams on hold, striking her flat ground strokes consistently deep and forcing Williams to use every inch of her long wingspan to keep the rallies going. Davenport was trying to put an end to an even longer stretch of Grand Slam frustration.
Davenport did at one point serve for match point, but Venus didn’t relent and hit some incredible running forehands that forced the final set to a tiebreaker. Davenport never again appeared in a grand slam final.
Borris Becker, the youngest player to win Wimbledon, 1985
The 17-year-old who beat Kevin Curren to win the 1985 Wimbledon Championship. The teenager had gripped a nation and 11 million Germans were glued to their televisions on that Sunday, July 7, when Becker stepped up for his second match point after double-faulting on the first.
A service winner followed as Becker completed the 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Curren, who had been rated favourite after disposing of Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in the previous rounds.
The victory made Becker the first German Wimbledon champion, the first unseeded and the youngest in tournament history aged 17 years and 227 days.
Becker retired as a six-time Grand Slam champion, but will forever be associated with becoming the youngest male champion in the history of the All England Club.