Steffi Graf v Jana Novotna – 1993
Steffi Graf won her third consecutive Wimbledon championship in 1993. She overcame the big hurdle posed by Jana Novotna 7-6 1-6 6-4. The match was memorable on its own but the presentation ceremony was more memorable. Novotna cried on the shoulders of the Duchess of Kent.
Roger Federer v Pete Sampras – 2001
Roger Federer will go down in history as the legend of grass courts in Wimbledon. Back in 2001, however, he was still a teenager trying to break in. Federer made the world notice him in a clash against Pete Sampras. The 19-year old Federer defeated Sampras in a five-set classic and shocked everyone. The final score read 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-7 7-5 in favor of Federer.
Goran Ivanisevic v Pat Rafter – 2001
Ivanisevic got a wild card entry in the 2001 tournament. No one had their money on the former three-time runner up. Ivanisevic, however, shocked everyone and defeated the likes of Carlos Moya, Andy Roddick and Marat Safin. He booked his place in the final against Pat Rafter and it was a fairy tale run. After a great match, he took home the title by winning 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7.
Andy Murray v David Nalbandian – 2005
Andy Murray announced his arrival into the tennis scene with this match. He entered the tournament as an 18-year-old Wild card entry and took the tournament by storm. He sailed through the first two rounds and set up his first centre court match against David Nalbandian. Murray won the first two sets and looked destined to win. But a brilliant comeback from Nalbandian saw him clinch the win. The final score read 6-7 1-6 6-0 6-4 6-1.
Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer – 2008
The All England club saw the birth of a classic in 2008 when Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer locked horns. Rain delays, tie-breakers and some intense drama was there to be seen as Nadal looked hell-bound to end the streak of Federer. Federer’s dreams of becoming the first man to win six back to back titles at Wimbledon were destroyed when Nadal took home the trophy with a score of 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7. The Spaniard needed four championship points to do the same and it was his first Grand Slam title outside the French Open.
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