Best Tennis Matches of all Time

This article will look at some of the best tennis matches of all time that were played by tennis greats like Borg, McEnroe, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.

I know not everyone will agree with my list and I definitely have a bias to matches played in more recent history but these are the matches that I enjoyed watching the most.

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Best Tennis Matches of all Time
Best Tennis Matches of all Time

Best Tennis Matches of all Time

1. Federer Vs Nadal – 2008 Wimbledon Final

Nadal beat Federer in 5 sets: 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 9–7

It won’t be a surprise to many that I have listed the 2008 Wimbledon Final between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal as the best tennis match of all time.

As a big Fed fan, It wasn’t easy to watch but I was still able to appreciate the great play exhibited by both players under incredible pressure.

Federer was going for his sixth Wimbledon in a row and Nadal was looking to break Federer’s stranglehold on the trophy.

The match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes and was full of suspense with Nadal taking the first two sets, then Federer fighting back to make it two sets all.

The final set was an epic thriller with Nadal edging it by 9 games to 7.

2. Djokovic Vs Nadal – 2012 Australian Open Final

Djokovic beat Nadal in 5 sets: 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7, 7–5

The 2012 Australian Open final between Djokovic and Nadal was a war of attrition with the match lasting a total of 5 hours and 53 minutes, which was a record for a grand slam final.

The level of play was phenomenal throughout the nearly six hours of play with Djokovic and Nadal being barely able to stand up at the award ceremony after the match.

3. Djokovic Vs Federer – 2019 Wimbledon Final

Djokovic beat Federer in 5 sets: 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6, 13–12

The 2019 Wimbledon Final between Djokovic and Federer was another epic 5 setter played between the two tennis greats.

Both men had chances to win but Djokovic held his nerve and was able to take the win in the 12 all final set tiebreaker.

4. Borg Vs McEnroe – 1980 Wimbledon Final

Borg beat McEnroe in 5 Sets: 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7, 8–6

Until more recent years, the 1980 Wimbledon Final between the cool and collected Swede Borg and the hot headed American McEnroe was regarded as the best tennis match of all time with replays of the match being played whenever there was a rain delay at Wimbledon (this was before Wimbledon Centre Court got a roof)

The 1980 Wimbledon is most remembered for the 16-14 tiebreaker in the 4th set that McEnroe won to take the match into a 5th set.

McEnroe would end up losing the match in the 5th set 8 games to 6 but he would get his revenge on Borg by beating him in the 1981 Wimbledon Final in 4 sets.

5. Federer Vs Nadal – 2017 Australian Open Final

Federer beat Nadal in 5 sets: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

No one expected Federer and Nadal to make it to the 2017 Australian Open Final as Federer was on the comeback trail from injury and Nadal had not made a grand slam final since the 2014 French Open.

Like many of their previous grand slam final meetings, the match went to 5 sets with Federer emerging victorious 6-3 in the 5th set.

2017 was a good year for both Federer and Nadal. Nadal went on to win the French Open and US Open while Federer beat Cilic in the 2017 Wimbledon Final.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed our article on the best tennis matches of all time. If you disagree with our list or if you think we have missed out on any matches, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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