The team from our Tennis and Padel Club at La Reserva de Sotogrande have selected their top ten tennis matches of all time to share with you. They’ve chosen their top 5 men’s singles matches and their top 5 women’s matches.
What they all have in common is that these matches were all epic and displayed incredible skill, endurance and flair. As well as being a great way to pass the time during lockdown, these matches offer a fantastic opportunity to learn techniques and develop your match craft. Studying them and continuing to train at home will help you be match ready for your next tournament.
Our Top 5 Men’s Singles Matches of all time
5. BJORN BORG VS J. McENROE WIMBLEDON 1980
Before the arrival of the current tennis giants, these two legends played an epic final at Wimbledon, with a tie-break in the impressive fourth set. At that time, it was called the best played tennis match of all time. On this occasion the title went to Borg – his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. McEnroe came back to beat Borg for his first Wimbledon title the following year and winning again in 1983 and 1984.
4. McENROE VS WILANDER DAVIS CUP 1982
This is a classic match in the history of tennis and the longest match ever in the Davis Cup. Wilander, at only 17 years old, was standing up to an established McEnroe and really put on a show. After 6 hours and 22 minutes of battle, the American won and moved forward to the semi-finals of the World Group.
3. FEDERER VS DJOKOVIC US OPEN 2011
A duel between the two of the best tennis players in history had to be included in our top 10 and is essential viewing for any tennis afficionado. It was in this semi-final match, when they showed the world how good they really were, that they demonstrated their exceptional skill and highlighted the speed of play of both players. The winner was Djokovic, showing that he is truly a spectacular player.
2. VERDASCO VS NADAL SEMIFINALS AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2009
This was a historic match for Spanish tennis. Both players were in great form, and after a battle lasting 5 hours 14 minutes, Rafa made it to the final. It was called the best match of 2009 and highlights the fighting spirit in both of these fantastic Spanish players.
1. NADAL VS FEDERER WIMBLEDON 2008
After losing his last two finals in 2006 and 2007, Rafa managed to beat Federer in an epic match, which lasted nearly 5 hours. This was his first Wimbledon title and marked the moment that he went down in history as a true tennis great.
Our Top 5 Women’s Singles Matches of all time
5. CHRIS EVERT VS M. NAVRATILOVA ROLAND GARROS 1985
Evert took her sixth Roland Garros title and seventeenth Grand Slam in this epic match-up. This was a masterclass which lasted 2 hours and 53 minutes, demonstrating great variety and quality of play from both players and some real moments of tension which will have you on the edge of your seat.
4. JUSTINE HENIN VS S. WILLIAMS ROLAND GARROS SEMI-FINAL 2003
After a season of dominance in women’s tennis by the Williams sisters, Henin managed to defeat Serena in the semi-finals after a back-and-forth match. She made it into the finals, with compatriot Clijsters, for the first and only all Belgian final in tennis history, with Henin taking the title.
3. SHARAPOVA VS S. WILLIAMS WIMBLEDON 2004
At only 17, Sharapova managed to impose herself on the legendary Serena Williams. This game was played at a brutal pace and is a masterclass of fast exchanges and hard hitting from all positions on the court. Sharapova’s mental strength at that age is surprising, hugely impressive and definitely a good lesson for our younger players.
2. S. HALEP VS A. KERBER AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2018
It was a hard-fought game with Halep coming back from losing the second set 4-6 to take the win. A varied and thrilling contest which makes a very entertaining game – especially in the deciding third set. Halep came back from two match points to take victory and secure her place in the final.
1. F. SCHIAVONE VS S. KUZNETSOVA AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2011
This is the longest game ever seen in female Grand Slam singles history. Two tennis players with a totally different game played a real match to remember. The Italian player won the match after 4 hours and 44 minutes. We’d definitely recommend seeing the game known as the “tennis war”.
We hope you enjoy these fantastic matches, and get some pointers from these tennis greats performing at their very best.
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