Greatest Tennis Match of Every Year- Men’s Edition

This is my seventh installment of the COVID-19 sports reflection lists that have become so popular on this blog.  To read the previous three articles in this anthology, you can click on the following links: the greatest college football regular season games by yearthe greatest college football postseason games by yearthe greatest Wake Forest games by year, NCAA tournament upset analysis, ranking every NCAA tournament, and the greatest NCAA tournament games by year.   As you can see, I have already done a lot with college sports in the past few months, so I thought I would branch out and look at the pro sports.  I considered doing a ranking of the greatest NFL game in every season, but I came to find out that list already exists, and I am in the business of creating analyses that have either never been done before or publicized online.  That is why I turned to my favorite sport outside of college basketball and college football, tennis, for my next two articles.  I have scoured the internet, as well as other sources, and have not find anyone that has compiled a thorough list of the best tennis match of every year from the first grand slam in 1877 to today.  There have been many rankings of the greatest matches of all-time (Bleacher Report, Tennis Predict, The Top Tens, Sports Retriever, Steve Flink’s well-written book, and USA Today) which I have utilized in my analysis, but no one to my knowledge, has actually selected the best match for every year mainstream tennis has been played like you will see below.

I established a few ground rules going into this and the biggest one is that grand slam matches are so much more meaningful that other tour matches that the list is almost entirely composed of matches played in the four majors.  There have been a few epic battles in the Davis Cup, Olympic Games, and other events which are featured on here, but all but nine matches on the list are from either the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, or US Open.  As a result, every match on this list is played under a best of five set format instead of the best of three that you typically see in regular tournaments.

I took into account several factors when determining which match was truly the best for a particular year, including the match’s significance in determining the ultimate tournament champion (finals inherently mean more), the improbability of the final outcome, and the overall excitement of the match.  Without further ado, here is my selection for the match of the year for every year tennis has been played.  The matches in bold I have listed are my selections for the best of that particular decade, and as always feel free to comment or debate.

1877 Spencer Gore defeats Francis Langham 6-3, 6-2, 5-6, 6-1 (Wimbledon QF)

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The first ever grand slam tourney (see bracket above) was won by Spencer Gore who had to hold off a stiff four set challenge from Francis Langham to get past the quarterfinal round.

1878 Robert Erskine defeats Charles Hamilton 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-5 (Wimbledon QF)

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Erskine (pictured above after his retirement) survives this nail-biter en route to a runner-up finish.

1879 John Hartley defeats Robert Erskine 6-4, 6-5, 5-6, 0-6, 6-5 (Wimbledon 2nd Round)

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Hartley (pictured above) wins tourney after surviving this early round battle with the previous year’s runner-up.

1880 Otway Woodhouse defeats George Montgomery 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 5-6, 6-1 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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The first five set Wimbledon semifinal.

1881 William Renshaw defeats Herbert Lawford 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 5-6, 6-3 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Renshaw (pictured above) pulls out this five set war en route to his first of seven Wimbledon titles.

1882 William Renshaw defeats Ernest Renshaw 6-1, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 (Wimbledon Final)

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The first-ever five set Wimbledon final featured an epic battle between brothers (pictured above). The London Standard called it possibly the finest display of grass court tennis anyone has ever seen.

1883 William Renshaw defeats Ernest Renshaw 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 (Wimbledon Final)

Renshaw pulls a Wimbledon three-peat with a second consecutive five set finals win over his brother.  Their Centre Court match that year is pictured above.

1884 Herbert Lawford defeats Charles Grindstead 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, 9-7 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Lawford (pictured above) wins a tight four setter before losing the final to William Renshaw.

1885 Joseph Clark defeats Robert Beeckman 6-2, 1-6, 8-6 (US Open Second Round)

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The US Open finally makes an appearance on the list!  In this fifth annual US National Championships Clark edges out future Rhode Island governor Beeckman (pictured above) en route to a semifinal run.

1886 Herbert Lawford defeats Ernest Lewis 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

Lawford ended up losing in the final to William Renshaw but he had to win a dog fight in the All Comers Final just to get there.

1887 Joseph Clark defeats Fred Mansfield 3-6, 6-2, 6-8, 6-1, 6-4 (US Open Quarterfinal)

Clark makes his third and final US Open semifinal thanks to this comeback victory.

1888 Ernest Renshaw defeats Ernest Lewis 7-9, 6-1, 8-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Ernest Renshaw (pictured above) breaks out of his brother’s shadow to win his first and only grand slam title in 1888. He had to win this tight four-setter to get to the final.

1889 William Renshaw defeats Harry Barlow 3-6, 5-7, 8-6, 10-8, 8-6 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

Renshaw fights off five match points and overcomes a 5-0 fifth set deficit to win this All Comers Final. William then beat his brother Ernest to retain his Wimbledon title.

1890 Willoughby Hamilton defeats Harry Barlow 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Hamilton outlasts Barlow in a classic five set marathon en route to his only Wimbledon title (pictured above).

1891 Oliver Campbell defeats Clarence Hobart 2-6, 7-5, 7-9, 6-1, 6-2 (US Open Final)

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Campbell (pictured above) wins his second of three consecutive US Open titles thanks to this epic victory.

1892 Joshua Pim defeats Ernest Lewis 2-6, 5-7, 9-7, 6-3, 6-2 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Pim (pictured above) comes back from a two set to none deficit to make his first Wimbledon Final. He would lose the final the following day but then would go on to win back to back titles in 1893-94.

1893 Edward Hall defeats Charles Sands 10-8, 3-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 (US Open Third Round)

Hall, who was Eleanor Roosevelt’s uncle, beat Sands, who would go on to win an Olympic Gold Medal in golf in 1900, in his only Wimbledon appearance.

1894 Ernest Lewis defeats Herbert Baddely 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

Baddely won the doubles event with his brother Wilfred but couldn’t make it a double due to this heartbreaking loss.

1895 Wilfred Baddely defeats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 6-2, 6-3 (Wimbledon Final)

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The first successful comeback from two sets to none down in a Wimbledon Final happened here as Baddely (pictured above) overcomes a brutal start to turn the momentum in a tight 3rd set and then take over the match from there.

1896 Harold Mahony defeats Wilfred Baddely 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3 (Wimbledon Final)

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Baddely suffers a cruel reversal of fortune as he loses a tight five set Wimedon final after leading two sets to one, just a year after winning the Wimbledon title after coming back from two sets to none.  Mahony (pictured above) was the last Scot to win Wimbledon for 117 years until Murray broke through in 2013.

1897 Robert Wrenn defeats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 (US Open Final)

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For the first-time ever, a delegation of British players comes to New York for the US Open.  One of these Brits, Eaves (pictured above), comes up short in a five-set war just like he did in the match of the year two years before in the Wimbledon final.  Sadly, Eaves never won a grand slam title.

1898 Laurence Doherty defeats Harold Mahony 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 14-12 (Wimbledon Final)

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Doherty (pictured above) knocks off the Scottish champion from 1896 in this five set epic. Unfortunately, Doherty would go on to lose a five setter to his older brother Reginald in the tourney final.

1899 Reginald Doherty defeats Arthur Gore 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 (Wimbledon Final)

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Doherty (pictured above) successfully defends his Wimbledon title by coming back from two sets to love down in the championship match against Gore.

1900 George Wrenn defeats Arthur Gore 9-7, 1-6, 0-6, 6-2 6-2 (US Open Semifinal)

Gore loses a 5th set grand slam heartbreaker for the second consecutive year, this time across the pond in the US Open against the American Wrenn.

1901 Arthur Gore defeats George Hillyard 6-1, 2-6, 4-6, 8-6, 6-2 (Wimbledon Final)

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Gore overcomes the forementioned grand slam disappointments to win this five set epic en route to the first of his three Wimbledon titles.

1902 Henry Wilson-Fox defeats Ernest Wills 6-0, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 8-6 (Wimbledon Second Round)

Two men that would gain greater notoriety off the tennis court (Wilson-Fox in business and development and Wills in politics) in this epic five set duel.

1903 Bob Huntington defeats Edgar Leonard 9-11, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 (US Open 4th Round)

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Huntington (pictured above) overcomes a two set deficit to win this five-setter in what would end up being the last deep run in a grand slam singles draw for his career.

1904 William Clothier defeats William Larned 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 (US Open Semifinal)

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Clothier, the first president of the tennis hall of fame (pictured above), knocks off a seven time US Open champion in Larned in this classic five set war.

1905 Norman Brookes defeats Sydney Smith 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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The Aussie Brookes (pictured above) makes the first deep run by a foreigner at the All England Club with this five set victory.

1906 Francis Fisher defeats Rodney Heath 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 (Australian Open First Round)

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Fisher (pictured above), the champion of the first-ever Australian Open, which was played in 1905 is ousted in the first round the following year in this first-ever five set Aussie Open match.

1907 Norman Brookes defeats Karl Behr 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-1 (Wimbledon Fourth Round)

Brookes holds on for dear life en route to the first-ever non-British Wimbledon title.  Brookes and partner Anthony Wilding would also win the Wimbledon doubles title in the same tournament with a straight set win over Behr and fellow American Beals Wright (final pictured above).  Behr’s fortunes would improve five years later when he survived the sinking of the Titantic.

1908 Arthur Gore defeats Herbert Barrett 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

Gore wins the second of his three Wimbledon titles by holding off a valiant comeback effort from his doubles partner Barrett (actual match photo pictured above).

1909 Arthur Gore defeats Major Ritchie 6-8, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 (Wimbledon Final)

Gore comes back from two sets to love down to win his final Wimbledon title and become the oldest winner in the tournament’s history at age 41.

1910 Beals Wright defeats Edward Whitney 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 (US Open Semifinal)

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Wright (pictured above), the former US Open champ and Olympic Gold medalist outlasts Whitney, a future NCAA national champion, in this five set duel.

1911 Beals Wright defeats Nathaniel Niles 6-8, 1-6, 6-3, 10-8, 7-5 (US Open Quarterfinal

Wright wins a five set US Open war for the second consecutive year, this time over Nathaniel Niles who was also a national champion in figure skating.

1912 James Parke defeats Alfred Beamish 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 (Australian Open Final)

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Parke (pictured above) becomes the first European winner of this event by outlasting his fellow Brit Beamish in what turned out to be the only grand slam final in either of these man’s careers.

1913 Maurice McLoughlin defeats Otto Froitzheim 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 (Davis Cup Semifinal)

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The U.S. wins its first Davis Cup in ten years thanks to this come from behind upset of the 1908 silver medalist.  The hero McLoughlin is pictured above.

1914 Norman Brookes defeats Otto Froitzheim 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 4-6, 8-6 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Frotizheim (pictured above) loses another five set heartbreaker (see 1913 match of the year) setting up Brookes to claim his second Wimbledon and the last of his three grand slam titles.

1915 Horace Rice defeats Clarence Todd 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 6–1, 7-5 (Australian Open Semifinal)

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Rice (pictured above) wins this five set epic with the man he would partner up with to win the tournament’s doubles championship just a few days later.

1916 Richard Williams defeats William Johnston 4-6, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 (US Open Final)

Williams, who survived the Titantic four years earlier, beats the defending champion Johnston in the only grand slam final of the year, as all other majors were cancelled because of World War I.

1917 Robert Murray defeats Craig Biddle 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 (US Open Quarterfinal)

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This not only was the only five set match of the U.S. Open but this was the only five set match of all the grand slam events, as all other majors were cancelled again because of the First World War.  Murray (pictured above) would go on to win this event a few days later to claim the first of his consecutive US Open crowns.

1918 Bill Tilden defeats Robert Hall 3-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 (US Open Quarterfinal)

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“Big Bill” Tilden (pictured above) makes his first run to a grand slam final thanks to this narrow quarterfinal escape.

1919 Algernon Kingscote defeats Chuck Garland 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 5-7, 6-4 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Kingscote (pictured above), who won the Aussie Open final earlier that same year, outlasts Garland in this tight five-setter.

1920 Bill Tilden defeats Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 (US Open Final)

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Tilden had to avenge his loss to Johnston in the 1919 US Open Finals to win his first US Open title.

1921 Bill Tilden defeats Brian Norton 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 (Wimbledon Final)

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Tilden defends his Wimbledon title with a comeback from two sets to love down.  He also had to fight off a match point at 5-4 in the 5th.

1922 Gerald Patterson defeats Jack Hawkes 8-6, 4-6, 7-5, 3-6, 10-8 (Australian Open Semifinal)

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This classic battle between grand slam champions would not be decided until deep in the fifth set.  Patterson (pictured above) would go on to play another five-setter in the final but came up just short in that one.

1923 Frank Hunter defeats Manuel de Gomar 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 (Wimbledon Quarterfinal)

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The future Olympic gold medalist Hunter comes back from two sets down to beat de Gomar in the Spaniard’s only grand slam quarterfinal.

1924 James Anderson defeats Bob Schlesinger 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3 (Australian Open Final)

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Anderson comes back from two sets to love down to win the second of his three Aussie Open crowns.

1925 Pat Wood defeats Rice Gemmell 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 (Australian Open Second Round)

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A great early round war between two former grand slam champions. (Wood pictured above)

1926 Jean Borotra defeats Howard Kinsey 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 (French Open Quarterfinal)

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Borotra, one of France’s “four musketeers” as they were called (pictured above), upsets the three seed in just the second French Open that was open to non-French players.

1927 Henri Cochet defeats Jean Borotra, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 (Wimbledon Final)

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In a battle of two of France’s four musketeers, Cochet comes back from a two set to love deficit for the second consecutive match to win his first of two Wimbledon titles.

1928 Henri Cochet defeats Frank Hunter 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 (US Open Final)

Cochet wins his fourth grand slam and first US Open title with this come from behind victory.

1929 Rene Lacoste defeats Jean Borotra 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6, 8-6 (French Open Final)

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Lacoste (pictured above) wins his second five set French Open final in a three year span, as he had to go five to beat Bill Tilden in the 1927 French Open Final as well.

1930 Bill Tilden defeats Jean Borotra 0-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

Big Bill overcomes a first set goose egg to win in five en route to the last of his ten grand slam titles.

1931 Ellsworth Vines defeats Fred Perry 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 (US Open Semifinal)

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Vines, the top seeded American (pictured above) comes back from the dead to beat the top seeded foreigner (the tournament used two different groups of seeding for a brief period of time) en route to his first grand slam title.  This was also the legendary Perry’s first US Open semifinal appearance.

1932 Rene Lacoste defeats Sidney Wood 6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 6-8, 7-5 (French Open Third Round)

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An aging Rene Lacoste (pictured above) upsets the third seeded American in this early round five set classic.

1933 Jack Crawford defeats Ellsworth Vines 4-6, 11-9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

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The top two seeds of the tourney hookup to produce an epic Wimbledon Final.  The winner Crawford is pictured above.

1934 Gottfried von Cramm defeats Jack Crawford 6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 (French Open Final)

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Von Cramm, who was later jailed for his homosexuality by the Nazi government in 1938, wins the first of his two French Open titles in this five set upset of the two seed.

1935 Jack Crawford defeats Adrian Quiat 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 (Australian Open Semifinal)

Crawford, the second seeded Aussie, goes the distance to beat his countryman en route to the last of his six grand slam titles.

1936 Fred Perry defeats Don Budge 2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8 (US Open Final)

Perry fights off two match points to win the final grand slam title of his illustrious career and the last grand slam title won by any British male until Andy Murray broke through in the 2012 U.S. Open.

1937 Don Budge defeats Gottfried Von Cramm 6-8, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 8-6 (Davis Cup Final)

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Don Budge pulls off the tennis equivalent of Miracle on Ice by winning the deciding match for the United States in the finals over Nazi-controlled Germany.  The two men are pictured together above.

1938 George Holland defeats Henner Henkel 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 (Australian Open Third Round)

Holland, the up and coming Aussie, upsets the third seeded Hennel, who had just won the French Open the year prior, in five grueling sets. Hennell died just five years after this match during World War II while fighting for Nazi Germany in the Battle of Stalingrad.

1939 Bobby Riggs defeats Elwood Cooke 2-6, 8-16, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 (Wimbledon Final)

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Four decades before playing in The Battle of the Sexes against Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs (pictured above) won this five set thriller to claim the last Wimbledon title before the tourney took a seven year hiatus because of World War II.

1940 Donald McNeill defeats Bobby Riggs 4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 (US Open Final)

Don McNeill (pictured above) wins an epic five setter against fellow American Riggs in this battle between the top two seeds in the tournament.

1941 Bobby Riggs defeats Francis Kovacs 8-6, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 (US Open Final)

Riggs wins the last of his three grand slam titles with this five set victory over fellow countryman Kovacs, who was making his only grand slam finals appearance.

1942 Ted Schroeder defeats Frank Parker 8-6, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 (US Open Final)

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Schroeder wins the first of his two grand slam titles by surviving this five set war of attrition against Parker who would go on to win four grand slams in his own.

1943 Joseph Hunt defeats Jack Kramer 6-3, 6-8, 10-8 6-0 (US Open Final)

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An epic 10-8 third set turned the match in Hunt’s favor but Hunt (pictued above) struggled to close things out in the fourth as leg cramps caused him to collapse during the match’s final point.  Sadly, this would be Joseph Hunt’s only grand slam title as he would die in an airplane crash just two years later during World War II.

1944 Bill Talbert defeats Pancho Segura 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-8, 6-3 (US Open Semifinal)

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Talbert (pictured above) upsets the top seeded Segura in this five set victory, which is particularly impressive given that Talbert was a Type 1 diabetic.

1945 Elwood Cooke defeats Sidney Wood 10-12, 7-5, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 (US Open Quarterfinal)

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Fourteen years after winning his only grand slam title, Sidney Wood makes a Cinderella run as an unseeded entry to the US Open quarterfinals. Cooke ended his hopes of getting any further though in this five set epic.

1946 Yvon Petra defeats Geoff Brown 6-2, 6-4, 7-9, 5-7, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

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Petra claims his only grand slam triumph with this five set victory in the finals of the first Wimbledon played in seven years due to the Second World War.  His post-match celebration is captured above.

1947 Dinny Pails defeats John Bromwich 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6 (Australian Open Final)

Dinny Pails (pictured above), who may have the best name of anyone on this list, won his only grand slam title thanks to this nail biting victory, where he needed extra games to win both the fourth and fifth sets.

1948 Bob Falkenberg defeats John Bromwich 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 (Wimbledon Final)

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Falkenberg, who is the first player on this list who is still living, upsets the second seeded Bromwich in this five set marathon to win his only grand slam title.

1949 Pancho Gonzales defeats Ted Schroeder 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 (US Open Final)

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Can you imagine playing a 34 game first set and then having to play four additional sets after that?  That is exactly what these two warriors did here, as Gonzales (pictured above during the post-match trophy presentation) comes back from a two set deficit to win his last grand slam title before turning pro.

1950 Budge Patty defeats Jaroslav Drobny 6–1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 (French Open Final)

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Patty (pictured above) wins the first of his two grand slams in 1950 with this five set upset of the tournament’s top seed. The Arkansas native is still living as of the publication of this article.

1951 Herbie Flam defeats Frank Sedgman 2-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 (Wimbledon Quarterfinal)

The American Flam takes out the tourney’s top seed with this come from behind upset win in a match where the winner only won three games combined in the first two sets.

1952 Eric Sturgess defeats Dick Savitt 6-2, 6-8, 4-6, 8-6, 6-3 (French Open Quarterfinal)

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The South African outlasts the American Savitt (pictured above) in this epic clash of grand slam champions.

1953 Lew Hoad defeats Tony Trabert 13-11, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 7-5 (Davis Cup Final)

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1954 Mervyn Ross defeats Ken Rosewall 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 7-5 (Australian Open Semifinal)

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Ross (pictured above) upsets fellow Aussie and top seed Rosewall en route to the first of his two grand slam singles titles.

1955 Kurt Nielsen defeats Ken Rosewall 11-9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

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Nielsen, the Dane (pictured above), stuns the second seeded Rosewall to make his second Wimbledon final. Unfortunately, Nielsen ended up as the runner-up in both tournaments.

1956 Vic Seixas defeats Mike Davies 6-3, 3-6, 8–10, 6-3, 7-5 (US Open First Round)

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Davies, who later became a pioneer for the modern pro tour, gives the fourth seeded American Seixas (pictured above) the biggest early round scare of his career.

1957 Sven Davidson defeats Ashley Cooper 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 (French Open Semifinal)

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Cooper had to win a five setter in the quarters and then ran out of gas in this semifinal marathon.  Davidson (pictured above) then cruised in the final over the American Flam.

1958 Pancho Gonzales defeats Lew Hoad 3-6, 4-6, 14-12, 6-1, 6-4 (US Pro Tennis Finals)

This was an elite tournament from the late 20’s until the late 60’s and Pancho won his sixth in a row with this epic come from behind win.

1959 Alex Olmedo defeats Barry MacKay 3-6, 8-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 (Australian Open Semifinal)

The legendary tennis broadcaster and personality, Barry MacKay, was outlasted by the second seeded Olmedo en route to the Peruvian American’s first grand slam title.

1960 Rod Laver defeats Neale Fraser 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6 (Australian Open Final)

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Laver (pictured above) comes all the way back from 2 sets to love down to win the first of his 19 major titles over his countryman Fraser.

1961 Rod Laver defeats Pierre Darmon 8-6, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Second Round)

Laver, who went on to win his first of four Wimbledons a little over a week later, had to survive a massive second round scare from the up and coming Frenchman Darmon.

1962 Rod Laver defeats Roy Emerson 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2 (French Open Final)

In this epic matchup of Australian tennis legends, Laver came all the way back from a brutal beating in the first two sets to claim his first French Open title.

1963 Wilhelm Bungert defeats Roy Emerson 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 (Wimbledon Quarterfinal)

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The unseeded German scores a massive upset over the tournament’s top seed who would go on to win the next two Wimbledon titles.

1964 Roy Emerson defeats Chuck McKinley 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 (Davis Cup Final)

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In the final match of the championship tie, Emerson (pictured above) comes from a set down to beat the 1963 Wimbledon champ and clinch the cup for the Aussies.

1965 Arthur Ashe defeats Roy Emerson 13-11, 6-4, 10-12, 6-2 (US Open Quarterfinal)

Arthur Ashe at the US National Championships in Forest Hills Queens New York September 1965.

Arthur Ashe announces his arrival to the tennis world with this shocking upset of the tourney’s top seed and defending champion.

1966 Roy Emerson defeats Bill Bowrey 9-7, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 9-7 (Australian Open Quarterfinal)

Emerson, who you can see was involved in more than his fair share of classic matches, outlasted his upset-minded countrymen en route to sixth straight Aussie Open crown.

1967 Roy Emerson defeats Tony Roche 6-3, 4-6, 15-13, 13-15, 6-2 (Australian Open Semifinal)

Emerson wins his record seventh straight Aussie Open crown thanks to this epic semifinal victory over countryman Roche which featured two different 15-13 sets.

1968 Arthur Ashe defeats Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 (US Open Final)

The first men's US Open champion earned $20 in 1968

Ashe wins his first of three career grand slams with this marathon victory over the man they called “the flying Dutchman”.

1969 Pancho Gonzales defeats Charlie Pasarell 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9 (Wimbledon First Round)

Stories You Should Know: Wimbledon 1969 – A Sip of Sports

41 year old Gonazles (pictured on the right) wins what was at the time the longest match in Wimbledon history.

1970 John Newcombe defeats Roy Emerson 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9 (Wimbledon Quarterinal)

John Newcombe c1974.jpg

An aging Emerson makes one last grand slam run before getting ousted by the second-seeded Newcombe (pictured above) in this classic five-setter.

1971 Ken Rosewall defeats Cliff Richey 6-8, 5-7, 6-4, 9-7, 7-5 (Wimbledon Quarterfinal)

Stock photo of Ken Rosewall Raising His Racquet In The Air After Beating Opponent Cliff Richey At Wimbledon.

Rosewall holds off the hard charging Cliff Richey by saving six break points in the fifth set.

1972 Ken Rosewall defeats Rod Laver 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 (1972 WCT Finals)

THE GREATEST MATCH EVER PLAYED? | World Tennis Magazine

23 million Americans watched these two Australians face off in an epic five set war.

1973 Roger Taylor defeats Bjorn Borg 6-1, 6-8, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 (Wimbledon Quarterfinal)

Roger Taylor (tennis) - Wikipedia

Bjorn Borg makes his first deep run at a grand slam before falling to the hometown hero Roger Taylor (pictured above) in a five set war.

1974 Jimmy Connors defeats Phillip Dent 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 (Wimbledon Second Round)

Third-seeded Connors had to survive this massive second round scare from an unheralded and unseeded Aussie en route to Connors first-ever grand slam title.

1975 Arthur Ashe defeats Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors clashed in the 1975 Wimbledon men's final. (AP Photo)

Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon with stunning upset of Connors.

1976 Jimmy Connors defeats Bjorn Borg 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 (US Open Final)

US Open final 1976 Borg VS Connors - YouTube

The first of five Borg U.S. Open Finals heartbreaks, which ended up being the only grand slam tournament that he failed to win.

1977 Bjorn Borg defeats Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

These two superstars of the 1970’s one again hookup in an epic five-set grand slam final.

1978 Jimmy Connors defeats Adriano Panatta 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 (US Open Fourth Round)

Top 5 Points in US Open History - 1993 CBS - YouTube

Connors comes back from a break down in the fifth set to knock off Panatta en route to winning the first US Open played on hard courts.

1979 Bjorn Borg defeats Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

Roscoe Tanner: 'At 15-40 I hit it three inches wide … Borg didn't beat me  by much' | Simon Cambers | Sport | The Guardian

Borg wins the fourth of his five straight Wimbledon titles with this epic victory over the hard serving American lefty.

1980 Bjorn Borg defeats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 (Wimbledon Final)

Borg Mcenroe 1980

The last great wooden racket battle in tennis history on the men’s side. Borg wins his fifth Wimbledon in a row here.

1981 John McEnroe defeats Bjorn Borg 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 (Wimbledon Final)

Vintage Tennis Fashion | Vintage tennis, Tennis clothes, Tennis fashion

McEnroe finally ends Borg’s five year reign of terror at Wimbledon with come from behind victory.

1982 John McEnroe defeats Mats Wilander 9-7, 6-2, 15-17, 3-6, 8-6 (Davis Cup Quarterfinal)

30 years later, McEnroe reflects on his 6-hour win over Wilander - ESPN  Front Row

McEnroe wins the deciding match of the tie in front of a raucous home crowd in St. Louis.

1983 Yannick Noah defeats Mats Wilander 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (French Open Final)

French Open Photo | Tennis Posters | Yannick Noah

Noah’s victory was historic in that he is both the last Frenchman to win his home slam and the last player to win a major title with a wooden racket thanks to this narrow three set upset over Wilander.

1984 Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 (French Open Final)

Mismatched– Ivan The Underdog & The Ugly American: The 1984 French Open  Men's Final | Europe Between East And West

One of the greatest upsets/comeback in the history of grand slam finals.

1985 Stefan Edberg defeats Ivan Lendl 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 9-7 (Australian Open Semifinal)

Page 2 - Top 10 rivalries in tennis' Open era

In the first-ever meeting between these two at a grand slam, Edberg edges Lendl despite being down a service break in the fifth set.  Edberg would win the final two days later to claim his first career grand slam title.

1986 Pat Cash defeats Mikael Perrnfors 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 (Davis Cup Final)

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Cash, who earned all three points for Australia in this Davis Cup championship tie, clinches the cup for the Aussies with a two set to love comeback victory.

1987 Jimmy Connors defeats Mikael Pernfors 1-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 (Wimbledon Fourth Round)

Jimmy Connors

Connors pulls off perhaps the biggest comeback in tennis history trailing 6-1, 6–1, and 5-1 and coming back to win in five.

1988 Mats Wilander defeats Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 (US Open Final)

Top 10 US Open Matches: No. 8, Wilander d. Lendl, 1988 final | TENNIS.com -  Live Scores, News, Player Rankings

Wilander knocks off the three-time defending champion Lendl to win his last grand slam title and only US Open. This match also set the record for longest US Open final in the history of the tournament.

1989 Michael Chang defeats Ivan Lendl 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3,6-3 (French Open Fourth Round)

Roland Garros, Amarcord: incontro tra Chang e Lendl nel 1989

Chang’s epic underhand serve match where he came back from two sets to love down to knock off the top seed en route to his only grand slam title.

1990 Stefan Edberg defeats Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

Wimbledon 1990: Becker vs Edberg : Tennis Buzz

Edberg holds on for dear life to beat Becker for the second Wimbledon title of his career.

1991 Jimmy Connors defeats Aaron Krickstein 3-6, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (US Open Fourth Round)

Jimmy Connors vs Aaron Krickstein Round 4 US Open 1991 Part2 - YouTube

The best match in Connors’ epic Cinderella run to the US Open semifinal,as a 39 year old wildcard entry.

1992 Andre Agassi defets Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

20 Years Later, Agassi Recalls Ecstasy and Agony of Victory - The New York  Times

The long-haired Agassi bursts on to the scene as an international celebrity by winning his first grand slam title in this five set war over Ivanisevic.

1993 Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 (Wimbledon Quarterfinal)

Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi | Wimbledon 1993 Quarter-final | Full Match -  YouTube

Sampras holds on for dear life to beat his arch rival en route to his first of seven Wimbledon titles.

1994 Andre Agassi defeats Michael Chang 6-1, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 (US Open Fourth Round)

Agassi vs Chang US Open 1994 - YouTube

Agassi outlasts his countryman Chang en route to becoming the first unseeded player to win the US Open since 1966.

1995 Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 (US Open Final)

The 10 Most Significant U.S. Open Men's Matches Of All Time - Attacking the  Net

Sampras ends Agassi’s 26 match win streak to win his third US Open and take the upper hand in this epic 90’s tennis rivalry.

1996 Pete Sampras defeats Alex Corretja 7-6, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (US Open Quarterfinal)

Pete Sampras d. Alex Corretja 1996 US Open quarterfinal. I watched every  agonizing minute of this and to this day still … | Tennis workout, Pete  sampras, Cnn sports

An exhausted and sickly Sampras, who literally vomited on the court during the match, comes from behind to win an epic five setter and then to successfully defend his US Open title a few days later.

1997 Tim Henman defeats Paul Haarhuis 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 14-12 (Wimbledon Third Round)

Tim Henman vs Paul Haarhuis | Wimbledon 1997 third round | Full Match -  YouTube

The most epic of Henman’s five set Wimbledon wars. The commoners who flocked the middle Sunday seats on Centre Court were absolutely raucous that day.  It was perhaps the best tennis atmosphere I have ever witnessed.

1998 Pete Sampras defeats Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 (Wimbledon Final)

What I Learned from the Greatest Tennis Champion of All Time | Paul Sohn

Sampras wins the fifth of his seven Wimbledon titles by outlasting the big-serving Croatian in a five-set war.

1999 Andre Agassi defeats Andriy Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 (French Open Final)

The seven greatest ever French Open matches

This was a legendary match in so many ways: it marked the completion Agassi’s completion of the career grand slam; it was Agassi’s first grand slam in the second act of his career; it was an incredible comeback from the dead; and it marked the first-time anyone had played a grand slam final in what appeared to be boxer shorts (see photo of Medvedev above).

2000 Andre Agassi defeats Pete Sampras 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 (Australian Open Semifinal)

Agassi - Sampras - Australian Open 2000 semifinal - YouTube

Agassi gets the last grand slam victory over his arch rival Sampras en route to his third grand slam title in a nine month span.

2001 Goran Ivanesevic defeats Patrick Rafter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 (Wimbledon Final)

July 9, 2001: Goran Ivanisevic writes the most beautiful Wimbledon story

The greatest tennis match ever in my opinion. Two guys gunning for their only Wimbledon title in the last grand slam final of their respective career in front of a raucous “Bonus Monday” crowd at Centre Court.

2002 Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 (US Open Final)

Us Open 2002 - Pete Sampras' last goodbye

The ultimate swan song for Pete as he knocked off his arch rival in the final grand slam tennis match of his illustrious career.

2003 Andy Roddick defeats Younes El Aynaoui 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 (Australian Open Quarterfinal)

Younes El Aynaoui v Andy Roddick - Australian Open 2003 Quarter Final | AO  Classics - YouTube

Roddick wins this well-played marathon to reach the first grand slam semifinal of his career.

2004 Gaston Gaudio defeats Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 (French Open Final)

Gastón Gaudio vs. Guillermo Coria (Roland Garros 2004) | Watch ESPN

Gaudio becomes the most recent Grand Slam champion to come back from two sets to love to win a major final, and he did so by surviving a match point in the fifth.

2005 Marat Safin defeats Roger Federer 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7 (Australian Open Semifinal)

DVD Review: 2005 Australian Open Semi-Final...A look back -

Safin wins the last slam of his career by coming from behind to best Roger Federer in his prime.

2006 Marcos Baghdatis defeats David Nalbandian 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4 (Australian Open Semifinal)

Unseeded Baghdatis upsets Nalbandian

Baghdatis because a fan favorite with a come from behind victory over the # 4 seed en route to a Cinderella run to the Aussie Open finals as an unseeded entrant.

2007 Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 (Wimbledon Final)

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Wimbledon Final 2007 - peRFect Tennis

Fed’s final Wimbledon title in his incredible five year reign of terror at the All England Club.

2008 Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 9-7 (Wimbledon Final)

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: Wimbledon insider reveals behind-the-scenes  secrets of 2008 | Tennis | Sport | Express.co.uk

Some consider it the greatest match of all-time. They might be right, but I don’t like either guy and this is my list so I am not even going to rank it as the top match of the decade.  With that being said, it has to be the # 1 match of 2008.

2009 Roger Federer defeats Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon Final)

Andy Roddick: 'People still ask me about 2009 Wimbledon final'

Roddick’s best shot at winning Wimbledon comes up just short in this marathon server’s dual.

2010 John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 (Wimbledon First Round)

Mahut cried 'a lot' after 2010 Wimbledon loss to Isner

The longest match in tennis history and the craziest sporting event I ever watched.  Due to Wimbledon’s new 12-12 tiebreak rules, we will never see anything like this again in the sport.

2011 Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 (US Open Semifinal)

Novak Djokovic VS Roger Federer Highlight 2011 SF - YouTube

Joker comes back from a two set deficit to knock off Federer en route to his first US Open title.

2012 Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 (US Open Final)

Andy Murray wins the US Open 2012

Murray finally breaks through to win his first grand slam title in thrilling five set fashion.

2013 Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 (French Open Semifinal)

Nadal: '2013 French Open against Djokovic was where I got closest to lose'

Joker loses critical point in the 5th set by touching the net after hitting a winner.

2014 Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 (Wimbledon Final)

Wimbledon 2014: Djokovic outlasts Federer in an epic final to clinch title

Joker wins his first Wimbledon title in three years with this epic five set victory Federer.

2015 Stan Wawrinka defeats Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 (French Open Final)

Roger Federer v Stanislas Wawrinka, Roland Garros 2015 quarter final: Where  to watch live, preview and betting odds

Wawrinka comes from behind to win his second of three majors and only french open. He is still the only man outside of the big 3 (Fed, Joker, and Nadal) to win a French Open title since 2004.

2016 Andy Murray defeats Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 (Olympic Final)

Rio 2016: Andy Murray becomes first male player to win two Olympic tennis  golds after beating Juan Martin del Porto | The Independent

Murray becomes the the first person, male of female, to win two Olympic gold medals in singles tennis with this grueling four set victory that Andy called one of the toughest matches he has played to win a big event.

2017 Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 (Australian Open Final)

Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal made my 2017 Australian Open final special'

Fed wins his first grand slam in five years with a come from behind victory over his arch rival.

2018 Kevin Anderson defeats John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 (Wimbledon Semifinal)

John Isner vs Kevin Anderson SF Highlights | Wimbledon 2018 - YouTube

Isner ends up in another marathon fifth set servers duel but comes up just short in this one. This was likely both of these guys best chances ever to win a grand slam title.

2019 Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 (Wimbledon Final)

Wimbledon: Roger Federer played his heart out, but Novak Djokovic won the  epic final in his head

The first match to ever be decided by a 5th set tiebreaker at Wimbledon may have been Federer’s last best chance at winning his 21st grand slam title.

2020 Novak Djokovic defeats Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 (Australian Open Final)

How Did Novak Djokovic Turn Things Around Against Dominic Thiem at the Australian  Open 2020 Finals? - EssentiallySports

Joker denies Thiem his first grand slam title by coming back from a 2 set to 1 deficit for the first time in a grand slam final.


I have conducted some additional analysis to see which tournaments have held the most matches of the year/decade.  The charts below depict those results.  Not surprisingly, Wimbledon has hosted the most matches of the year and decade by a fairly large margin.

Best Matches by Tournament
Wimbledon 62
US Open 37
Australian Open 21
French Open 15
Davis Cup 6
Olympics 1
US Pro Tennis Champs 1
WCT Finals 1
Matches of the Decade by Tournament
Wimbledon 9
Davis Cup 3
US Open 3

The final analysis I conducted was the match of the year by player.  This is an important analysis because I feel like my results accurately reflect tennis’ most iconic players.  It is one thing to roll over competition to win several grand slams like the Williams’ sisters did in the early 2000’s, but the most memorable and iconic players are the ones who won a multitude of classic matches like the ones featured on this list.  You will see that atop this list there is a five way tie between at least three of the most iconic players of all-time in Jimmy Connors,  Andre Agassi, and Roger Federer.

Matches of the year by player (multiples only)
Jimmy Connors 7 5-2
Andre Agassi 7 4-3
Novak Djokovic 7 4-3
Roy Emerson 7 3-4
Roger Federer 7 3-4
Pete Sampras 6 5-1
Bjorn Borg 6 3-3
Arthur Gore 5 3-2
Bill Tilden 4 4-0
William Renshaw 4 4-0
Rod Laver 4 3-1
Ken Rosewall 4 2-2
Rafael Nadal 4 2-2
John McEnroe 4 2-2
Ernest Lewis 4 1-3
Ivan Lendl 4 1-3
Jean Borotra 4 1-3
Arthur Ashe 3 3-0
Norman Brookes 3 3-0
Bobby Riggs 3 2-1
Herbert Lawford 3 2-1
Jack Crawford 3 2-1
Ernest Renshaw 3 1-2
Mats Wilander 3 1-2
Goran Ivanisevic 3 1-2
Beals Wright 2 2-0
Joseph Clark 2 2-0
Henri Cochet 2 2-0
Rene Lacoste 2 2-0
Andy Murray 2 2-0
Stefan Edberg 2 2-0
Elwood Cooke 2 1-1
Fred Perry 2 1-1
Gottfried Von Cramm 2 1-1
Don Budge 2 1-1
Ted Schroeder 2 1-1
Robert Erskine 2 1-1
Wilfred Baddely 2 1-1
Frank Hunter 2 1-1
Ellsworth Vines 2 1-1
Lew Hoad 2 1-1
Michael Chang 2 1-1
John Isner 2 1-1
Andy Roddick 2 1-1
Sidney Wood 2 0-2
Harry Barlow 2 0-2
Wilberforce Eaves 2 0-2
Otto Froitzhelm 2 0-2
John Bromwich 2 0-2
Mikael Pernfors 2 0-2
Matches of the Decade by Player (multiples only)
Arthur Ashe 2 2-0
Jimmy Connors 2 1-1

Stay tuned for the women’s tennis version of this same list which I will hopefully publish around the time of the French Open in a few weeks.

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