The ATP Finals 2020, staged this year for the last time at the O2 Arena in London, is the last and most imporant tournament of tennis season, only behind the the four seasonal Slams. From the next season the traveling tournament will leave the capital of the United Kingdom, to move to Torin, Italy, after the eleven years spent on the London hard-courts.
In the history of the year-end Master, there have been exciting matches, during which the stars of men's tennis like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray battled in some legendary matches.
One of the most important for what it meant was that between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic in 2016. That season Murray reached the semifinals in London, where he beat the Canadian Milos Raonic after a 3-hour and 38-minute marathon, the longest match ever of the Finals, for 5-7, 7- 6, 7-6.
Finally he triumphed in the final against Djokovic for 6-3, 6-4 winning this tournament for the first time in career, ending that season as world no.1. Roger Federer against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, at the O2 Arena in London 2011, was another incredible challenge.
One of the best matches in the recent history of the Finals. Roger Federer defeated Frenchman Tsonga in three sets, after very funny final, beating the Swiss Maestro for 6–3, 6 (6) –7, 6–3! Going back in time to 1988, Boris Becker defeated Ivan Lendl in New York.
At that time they were two of the most popular tennis players to have ever faced each other gave birth to one of the best matches ever, in the history of the Finals. That time it was Boris Becker who prevailed against Ivan Lendl for 5–7, 7–6 (5), 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 (5).
ATP Finals: the most significant matches ever
Another memorable match was that between David Nalbandian and Roger Federer at the 2005 Shanghai Master. The Argentine tennis player Nalbandian surprised Federer, and he beat him in five sets (in 2005 the ATP Finals was still played as three sets on five), at the end of a very exciting match: that was one of the biggest surprises in recent tennis history.
Final score 6 (4) –7, 6 (11) –7, 6–2, 6–1, 7–6 (3). One of the most incredible, historical and important matches of the ATP Finals was undoubtedly the one between Pete Sampras and Boris Becker in Hannover 1996.
No doubt it was the best match ever in the history of the ATP Finals. Great net game, drop-shots and spectacular winners were some of the highlights of this spectacular match between Pete Sampras and Boris Becker, won by the American tennis player in five sets, at the end of an uncertain and funny final, eneded for 3– 6, 7–6 (5), 7–6 (4), 6 (11) –7, 6–4.
A mention goes to the finals of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons: the winners of the last three editions were Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who respectively defeated David Goffin, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.
Three finals and three simply incredible surprises, which broke the streak of victories for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.