From iconic retirement speeches to incredible victories, tennis has certainly had its fair share of iconic moments. The experts at WimbledonDebentureHolders.com have helped us track down these five iconic tennis moments – moments that we think are five of the greatest, most inspiring, and most memorable in tennis history.
1. Federer vs. Nadal, Wimbledon 2008 After Roger Federer claimed victory over Nadal in a five-set match at Wimbledon in 2007, spectators expected a similar victory in 2008. In almost five hours of amazing tennis, Nadal emerged triumphant in an incredible five-set victory.
One of the longest games in Wimbledon history, the 2008 final between Federer and Nadal is an iconic tennis moment. Turbulent weather, incredible sportsmanship, and some of the best tennis in history make this our number one tennis moment.
2. Andre Agassi’s 2006 US Open Retirement Andre Agassi’s career has had its ups and downs, perhaps more so than any of the tennis world’s other superstars. While his victories and defeats may stand out for enthusiasts, it was Agassi’s 2006 retirement that everyone remembers.
Relying on strong painkillers to treat a serious back injury, Agassi had performed relatively well during the 2006 US Open. However, after losing to Benjamin Becker, he announced his retirement in an emotional and iconic speech.
3. Pete Sampras’s Killer Backhand vs. Boris Becker, 1997 Pete Sampras’ 1997 Wimbledon game saw the American star at his best, landing an incredible range of technical shots against his German opponent. It was his amazing backhand, however, that put the crowd firmly on the American player’s side.
4. Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe, Wimbledon 1980 Take a cool, ultra-focused Swedish tennis star and put him up against an emotional, outburst-prone New Yorker. The 1980 Wimbledon men’s’ singles final involved two players that couldn’t be more different, in a game that truly couldn’t be better.
This iconic 1980s game involved a 20-minute tiebreaker, a heated entrance for the controversial American tennis star, and an iconic victory for Borg. The victory was short-lived, however, with McEnroe getting his revenge at the 1980 US Open.
5. Monica Seles vs. Steffi Graf, French Open 1992 Monica Seles’ victory over Steffi Graf during the 1985 French Open established her as one of the tennis world’s most impressive and youngest – she was just 18 years old at the time of her victory – stars.
It wasn’t until 1992, however, that Seles played her finest game. After spending 90 minutes fighting against Graf at match point in the third set, Seles came out on top as the crowd watched on in awe.