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12 Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time

In tennis, as in any sport, there are certain match-ups that become the stuff of legend. Rivalries that fans can’t get enough of and upsets that nobody saw coming. Here are twelve of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

The Battle of the Sexes

In 1973, Billie Jean King took on self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs in a much-anticipated match-up. Riggs had previously won a match against Margaret Court, and was confident he could take down King as well. However, King handily defeated him in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

Wimbledon 1980 Men’s Final

American John McEnroe faced off against Bjorn Borg in what was arguably the greatest Wimbledon final ever played. Borg had won the last three Wimbledon titles, but McEnroe was determined to end his streak. In a thrilling five-set match, McEnroe finally prevailed 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16), 5-7, 8-6.

French Open 2009 Women’s Final

Serena Williams met her sister Venus in the final of the French Open, with Serena looking to complete the “Serena Slam” by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a row. Venus put up a good fight, but Serena ultimately won 6-4, 6-2.

Wimbledon 2008 Men’s Final

In another epic Wimbledon final, Rafael Nadal took on Roger Federer. Nadal had won the French Open just days before, and was looking to keep his momentum going. The match went to five sets, with Nadal finally emerging victorious 9-7 in the fifth set.

Australian Open 2012 Men’s Final

In one of the longest tennis matches ever played, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal battled it out for almost six hours. Djokovic finally won 7-5 in the fifth set, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3.

US Open 2009 Men’s Final

In another five-set match, Juan Martin del Potro took on Roger Federer. Federer was looking to win his sixth US Open title, but del Potro had other plans. After dropping the first set, del Potro came back to win 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 and become the first Argentinian man to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Wimbledon 2010 Men’s Final

In yet another Wimbledon final for the ages, Rafael Nadal took on Tomas Berdych. Nadal had won the previous two Wimbledon titles, but Berdych was not going to back down without a fight. Nadal eventually won 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.

French Open 2011 Men’s Final

In yet another five-set match, Rafael Nadal took on Roger Federer. This time it was Federer who came out on top, winning 7-5, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1.

Australian Open 2017 Men’s Final

 In a rematch of the 2016 final, Roger Federer took on Rafael Nadal. Nadal had won the previous two Australian Open titles, but Federer was looking to make a comeback. The match went to five sets, with Federer finally emerging victorious 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Wimbledon 2013 Men’s Final

In yet another Wimbledon final for the ages, Andy Murray took on Novak Djokovic. Djokovic had won the previous two Wimbledon titles, but Murray was not going to back down without a fight. The match went to five sets, with Murray finally emerging victorious 7-6 (10), 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4.

French Open 2014 Men’s Final

In another rematch of the previous year’s final, Rafael Nadal took on Novak Djokovic. Nadal had won the previous two French Open titles, but Djokovic was looking to make a comeback. The match went to five sets, with Nadal finally emerging victorious 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 9-7.

Wimbledon 2015 Men’s Final

In the most recent Wimbledon final for the ages, Roger Federer took on Andy Murray. Murray had won the previous two Wimbledon titles, but Federer was looking to make a comeback. The match went to five sets, with Murray finally emerging victorious 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-5.

Tennis is a sport that has been around for centuries and has produced some of the greatest athletes in history. These twelve matches are some of the best examples of what makes tennis so captivating. Whether it is the athleticism on display or the strategic mind games being played, these matches will keep you entertained from start to finish.