Wimbledon memories: the best matches ever, from the beginning to 2019 final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. For the third time in history, the tournament was canceled, but at the All England Club, we have lived unforgettable tennis moments and great records.
In the beginning, it was the two World Wars that marred the tournament, this year the global pandemic forced the Church Road board to cancel the event. Thanks to insurance taken out in 2003 against pandemics, however, Wimbledon will not suffer economic damage.
To win Wimbledon is the most important goal for a player because the tournament is the oldest and most prestigious event in the world of tennis. The best players of the planet challenged on the All England Club courts for more than a century.
At Wimbledon, there were matches, like the one between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe of 1980, which highlighted the tournament history. This challenge between Borg and McEnroe was one of the most beautiful tennis matches ever played.
Ice and fire; two rivals with differences in style of play and temperament. Borg won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(16), 8-6. Margaret Smith-Billie Jean King is probably the best presentation of a women's tennis rivalry. For the style of playing and attitude, it was the perfect challenge.
In 1970, Margaret Smith won in two sets (14-12, 11-9) what was a very amazing match on women's singles. Going back in time, in 1919, Suzanne Lenglen and Dorothea Lambert Chambers gave birth to one of the greatest challenges ever in women's tennis.
La Divine won in three sets, for 10-8, 4-6, 9-7, in what many insiders consider to be the biggest women's match ever in London, and maybe in the history of women's tennis. In 1969, Pancho Gonzales eliminated Charlie Pasarell, winning 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9, after five hours and 12 minutes of battle
The epochal challenges of Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
In 1976 Chris Evert won her second Championships title, beating Evonne Goolagong with the final score of 6-3, 4-6, 8-6, after a fantastic match, in a decade reach of champions.
The 1959 semi-final between Rod Laver and Barry MacKay was won by Laver, with the score of 11-13, 11-9, 10-8, 7-9, 6-3, at the end of a spectacular and unforgettable challenge, definitely one of the best of tennis history.
Shortly after the end of the Second World War, precisely in 1949, Louise Brough and Margaret Osborne du Pont played a great final won by Brough with the final score of 10-8, 1-6, 10-8, in a time dominated by American players.
The match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of 2008 was a poem. It is still considered by players, media and fans as the greatest match in tennis' history. The Spaniard won Wimbledon, after an epic, memorable and unforgettable challenge, with the final score of 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7.
The 2019 Wimbledon final between Federer and Djokovic was one of the most unforgettable and dramatic ever. The Swiss, in the fifth set, had two match points to win his beloved Slam, but Djokovic raised his level, becoming unplayable and winning an epochal challenge, with the final score of 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) at the super tie-break.
This year we should be content to relive the best moments, the best matches, the statistics, the curiosities and much other news about the Championships: but our mind goes already to 2021, with the hope of returning to live the emotions that only Wimbledon can to guarantee.