On Monday 3rd July, we see the return of Wimbledon and us at MyLocalPitch are really looking forward to it! To get us ready, check out our Top Five Wimbledon Finals – ranked by MyLocalPitch. Enjoy!
In many minds, this is the greatest tennis match ever played, anywhere – and we agree. With a brewing rivalry, both Nadal and Federer produced the longest final in Wimbledon history (4 hours and 48 minutes).
Federer came into this final having won the previous five men’s Wimbledon Championships in a row, and with Nadal on the rise significantly, the calibre of tennis was sure to be high. The pair didn’t disappoint and produced a magic final. The quality never dropped, even with interruptions due to rain.
Rafael Nadal came out on top eventually, and with Federer finishing with 89 winners, it shows the quality Nadal needed to show to win his first grand slam on a grass court.
Coming 28 years before our voted number one, the 1980 McEnroe-Borg classic follows in second. It is a close second, however at MyLocalPitch, we thought Nadal and Federer produced a consistent excellence of play.
The fourth-set tiebreaker sticks in the mind of many in our office! The entertainment value of it beats all. This alone, puts it in a great spot among the Top 5 Wimbledon finals.
Although McEnroe came out on top in the 18-16 tie break, it was the Swede Björn Borg who went on to win his fifth and final Wimbledon title.
Venus Williams’ victory over Lindsay Davenport in 2005 was the longest women’s final in Wimbledon history and over at MyLocalPitch we consider this the greatest women’s Wimbledon final ever.
This match hinged on fine margins with Davenport missing out on a Championship point after William’s produced a perfect backhand and saved it, and later going on to win.
Davenport was the number one ranked player at the time, and Williams was going through a rough period in her career, slipping to number 14 seed. This didn’t matter to William’s, who went on to become the lowest-seeded female player to win Wimbledon.
4) Boris Becker vs Kevin Curran (1985)
At 17 years old, Boris Becker won Wimbledon, a an unbelievable achievement and story. Becker also became the first unseeded player and German to win Wimbledon.
The flamboyant, aggressive and no-fear style of Becker was evident throughout the tournament and none more so in the final. Becker displayed all these attributes to overpower Kevin Curren, whom was the eighth seed at the time.
Becker beat the odds impressively, but to show it was no fluke, Becker returned in 1986 and retained the Wimbledon Championships! Unreal.
We agreed in the office it may not have been a Wimbledon final classic for a neutral, but it will always stick out for most of us, and for that reason it became a classic. Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion after overcoming the world number one at the time, Novak Djokovic.
From tears in 2012, fast forward a year and it was a very different story for Andy Murray. Murray had broken Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion. Inevitably setting off spectacular celebrations on centre court and up and down the country.
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BY - Adam Bromfield
29 June 2017