The grass courts of Wimbledon have produced some of the greatest and best tennis matches ever in the game. The major tournament known for its history and aura is regarded very prestigious by fans as well as players alike. It is the oldest Grand Slam tournament in the game. We bring to you the 3 best matches played on SW19 among the 3 greatest players of this generation.
Nadal vs Federer: 2008 Final
This Wimbledon final of 2008 is regarded by most experts as one of the greatest ever and best tennis matches. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer gave the audience and a great show for 4 hours and 30 minutes. Rafa had earlier beaten Roger in Paris a month ago and was longing for a Wimbledon title. He came the nearest to it by taking the first two sets and leaving himself just one set short.
The Swiss maestro would however not surrender his crown so easily. Federer struck back like lightening taking the 3rd and 4th set. It was already proving to be one of the best tennis matches at SW19 by going to a 5th set decider. In the last set, no player gave the other an inch and both were iron-willed not to surrender. As the darkness began to loom the center court Nadal broke the Federer serve and gave himself the Wimbledon title. The great Spaniard had won one of the best tennis matches he ever played.
Nadal vs Djokovic 2018 Wimbledon Semi-final
This was one of the best tennis matches at Wimbledon in terms of raw intensity which both players displayed. Nadal had reached a semifinal stage at SW19 after 7 years. He faced a determined Novak Djokovic who was desperate to end a 2 year barren run of Grand slam trophies. The match was played for 2 days due to late start and consequent shift to the other day.
The 2 greats exchanged first 4 sets taking 2 each and thus having a 5th set shootout for a place in the final. Nadal got many chances to break the Djokovic serve in the last set but faltered every time. The Serb however succeeded doing so in the 18th game of the 5th set. He won the set 10-8 and registered a confidence-building victory in one of his best tennis matches ever. This paved the way for Novak’s strong comeback in the ATP tour after which he has won 5 majors till now.
Federer vs Djokovic 2019 Final
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have played some of the best tennis matches against each other. Few of their great contests would match last year’s incredible final at Wimbledon. The two played an epic 5 set final where Federer won the 1st and 3rd set while Novak came back in 2nd and 4th. Roger Federer squandered 2 championships to lift his 9th Wimbledon title.
The last set was the most competitive in the whole match. Both greats gave everything on the court refusing to accept defeat. Novak won the 5th set tiebreaker at registered victory in one of the best tennis matches with a 5th set score of 13-12. It was truly a marathon fight between two greats of the game.