In recent years we have experienced a stage in professional tennis so rich in rivalry that it has made many of the endings lived be remembered, not as the best in recent years but as the best in history. Mythical duels Federer / Nadal, Djokovic / Nadal are taxed in the memory of lovers of this sport. With the final of the pending cup of teachers, a brief review of the most intense and exciting finals of recent years. Which endures in your memory? Which would you like to have witnessed?
Borg - Gerulaitis (Wimbledon 1977)
It was a game of constant changes. A duel of phases, of alternatives, where Borg seemed to win and suddenly turned the tables. So much so that with 4-1 in the fifth set, few were those who thought that Gerualitis would not win the tournament. However, with Borg there was always a chance for the comeback. And obviously, it was going to happen.
Edberg - Becker (Wimbledon 1990)
Third duel between the two in the Wimbledon final. The first, in 1988, went to Edberg and the second, the following year, to Becker. In this third, Edberg again proclaimed champion 6-4 in the last set.
Mats Wilander- Ivan Lendl (US Open 1988)
Both players starred in the longest final in the history of the US Open. The Swede won Ivan Lendl in 4 hours and 54 minutes. The Czech had defeated his rival in his last six games, including in the 1987 US Open final. However, during the 1988 season, Wilander played the best tennis of his life by winning three Grand Slam tournaments. In the first set of the match there was absolute equality on the scoreboard until the ninth game. With 5-4 in favor of the Swede, Lendl scored three consecutive aces, but still lost the set 6-4. In the second set, the Czech continued to make many mistakes with his reverse, which allowed Wilander to gain a 4-1 advantage. Lendl greatly improved his game and managed to overcome the set 6-4 against a Wilander who made more and more mistakes in long rallies. After winning the third round, the Swede broke Lendl's serve in the seventh game of the fourth set to get only two games from the final victory. The Czech traced once more and took the game to the fifth set, where he managed to overcome an adverse 0-2, but in the end he succumbed to Wilander, who had to save many break balls to claim champion of the tournament.
Ivanisevic - Rafter (Wimbledon 2001)
At 29, many thought Goran Ivanisevic would be one of those damn tennis players who would never raise a big one. His serve raged, but Sampras, Agassi or simple bad fortune always allied against him. Until in 2001, when no one had him and started as Wild Card, he allowed himself a luxury: winning the tournament after an epic final against Patrick Rafter that would end 9-7 in the fifth set and with a final game that he will never forget . Emotion, tension, and nerves, many nerves. There were three double faults before showing the world that Goran was finally able to win Wimbledon.
Murray - Ferrer (Miami 2013)
One of the most dramatic games of the year, but the most. David Ferrer had the game won and lost at the same time after winning the first set, and also had a match ball in the third set with 6-5 and advantage but a great Andy Murray was able to turn the game around and Win in the tie break.
Stefan Edberg- Boris Becker (Wimbledon 1990)
Partidazo the one that was lived in the end of 1990, not so much for the quality that was high, but for the emotion and the names of the protagonists. He beat Edberg in a five-set drama full of impossible volleys.
Andy Murray - Novak Djokovic (US Open 2012)
The Scot conquers his first Grand Slam in a final titanic in almost five hours of the game (7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6 and 6-2).
Djokovic - Ferrer (Paris-Bercy 2013)
Djokovic won a vibrant duel, exciting at times, played from power to power from the bottom of the track. Ferrer dominated the two sets, but at the crucial moment he shook his hand and let them escape. In each of the sleeves, Ferrer took off to win, but on both occasions he let it out. The Levantine, who last year had added his first 1,000 Masters in Bercy, opted to become the first tennis player to double success consecutively since the creation of the tournament in 1986. But he stayed at the gates after a meritorious participation in the who defeated the world number one in the semifinals, but kept the honey on his lips in front of the two.
Navratilova - Chris Evert (Roland Garros 1985)
Chris Evert won his sixth Roland Garros title and seventeenth Grand Slam by beating Martina Navratilova in the final 6-3, 6-7 (4-7) and 7-5 in 2 hours and 52 minutes. It was one of the best matches in the recent history of women's tennis, always with the advantage of Chris Evert. Chris managed a 3-0 start. Martina reacted (3-3), but erred in her first service, in her approach shots to the net and in her boleas, and lost the first sleeve by a 6-3. In the second, with Navratilova nervous, irritated by the decisions of the judges and annoyed by the wind, Chris Evert escaped again until a 4-1. From the bottom, with balls to the corners, a lot of patience and security when it came to surpassing his nval in the net, Chris Evert controlled the rhythm of the game. He had opportunities for a 5-3, and his service with an advantage of 6-5, but lost in sudden death. Martina seemed recovered and thrown into triumph, but despite her physical dominance, her mistakes returned. Thus, Chris placed 3-1 in the last round, with 5-3 afterwards and, to increase the suspense, with 5-5 at his service and 0-40 against
John McEnroe-Bjorn Borg (US Open 1990)
7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4. After starring in the 1980 Wimbledon final one of the best games in history, Borg and McEnroe met again in the last Grand Slam of the year. The Swede was still considered the best tennis player in the world, but in the final at Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York, he let himself be traced three times. Borg was superior to McEnroe during most of the first set, and even with 5-4 in his favor it served to win the first round. However, the deep remains of the American forced Borg to force his exits on the net, which allowed McEnroe to break the serve and take the set in the tie-break. In the third round, Borg wasted a 5-3 lead, but still managed to take the set in a tie-break, in which McEnroe was close to victory. In the decisive fifth set, the American made fewer mistakes and managed to proclaim himself a US Open champion for the second time in his career.
Nadal - Del Potro (Indian Wells 2013)
Another Masters final escaped here to Del Potro, who was 6-4 and 3-1 up, but failed to remain calm and Rafa turned him around to take his 22nd Masters. At an exciting time for Rafa, who was returning after his seven-month injury that kept him inactive.
Djokovic - Nadal (Miami 2011)
In one of the most exciting singles finals in the history of the Sony Ericsson Open, the Serbian defeated No. 1 in the world at that time, Rafael Nadal for the second time in a row at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, after doing the same in Indian Wells two weeks before, by 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Federer- Roddick (Wimbledon 2009)
the best tennis player in the history of the tournament and the best finalist in the history of the event made an appointment in 2009. For Roddick it was the perfect chance to win his second Grand Slam, especially when Roger came with the peace of mind of having scored his first Roland Garros. The gunman of Nebraska tried with all his might, but Federer remained calm until he won in a dramatic duel with 16-14 in the final set.
Borg - McEnroe (Wimbledon 1980)
A cold Swede who barely thought he felt the pressure and who dominated as few as the bottom of the track and an American left-hander who had one of his best arguments on the volley. Borg won with an 8-6 in the fifth round, but before McEnroe took an epic tiebreak (16-18) in the fourth round. For auction, there was a point of 34 points in a grass that in those years was fast.
Juan Martín del Potro- Roger Federer (US Open 2009)
3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 The final of 2009 could have been a historic day for the tournament, since if the Swiss had won at Flushing Meadows, he would have become the only tennis player of the Open era to proclaim himself champion of the US Open six times. Before the game, Basel had everything in its favor - it was in a great state of shape and, in addition, it had won all its confrontations against Del Potro. Nobody doubted the victory of Federer, especially after a few months before the Swiss had endorsed the Argentine the toughest defeat of his career: 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Open from Australia. However, Del Potro exceeded his own limits, and achieved an unforgettable comeback, thanks to his serve and his right.
Federer - Nadal (Wimbledon 2007)
One of the strangest and most exciting Wimbledon of recent years. Even the British press defined the final between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer as one of the best in history. The organization, in a controversial decision, had decided not to play the 'Middle Sunday' (the first Sunday of the tournament), according to tradition. Many players criticized this decision. Nalbandian, after losing with Baghdatis, complained about the organizers, whom he accused of not thinking about the players. However, so much accumulation of parties caused scenes and matches qualified by the entire international press as epic. The Serbian Djokovic played from Thursday to Friday two games to five sets. In total nine and a half hours on the Wimbledon grass. A day later the pass to Sunday's final was played against Spaniard Rafa Nadal. His body said enough. A foot infection forced him to abandon a set with boards. Nadal himself needed medical assistance in the final and feared for his withdrawal. The American Venus Williams, who won her fourth title, needed help in the final, as did her rival, the surprising and unknown Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli. A few days before Serena Williams collapsed on the grass of the Central Court in her match against Daniela Hantuchova. But above all the 2007 edition will be remembered as the one of the spectacular final in which the Spaniard Rafa Nadal forced Roger Federer to reach the fifth set - something unprecedented in the Grand Slam finals won by the Swiss - to emulate the mythical record Bjorn Borg's five consecutive finals. Federer himself acknowledged after the final that Rafa had also deserved to win. In the fourth set, Nadal received medical assistance. Nadal won the fourth set, forced the fifth, and counted on it with four 'break' balls, which Basel saved with a devastating throw. They were a total of 24 'aces' of Federer. Rafa served only one. In games, interestingly, they tied at 26. Federer won the final and took his fifth and dreamed Wimbledon. Rafa reached his second final in 'SW19'
Nadal - Federer (Rome 2006)
Another one of Nadal's epic matches. Five sets and three tie breaks, one of them included in the last set. Both are already a classic.
Djokovic - Nadal (US open 2013)
This time Rafa Nadal's knees shook, but not because of the pain he has been about to bury his memorable career. This time they broke for pure emotion, which sprang up spontaneously to celebrate their colossal victory against Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open, with four sets (6-2, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-1)
Djokovic - Nadal (Open Australia 2012)
In the final, Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5) In the longest Grand Slam final in history, with a duration of 5 hours 53 minutes, exceeding the record previously established in the final of Wimbledon 2008.
Federer - Nadal (Wimbledon 2008)
Final 2008: considered by many the best game of all time. A duel between two colossi that meant the end of a cycle, that of Roger Federer's reign in the Wimbledon grass and Nadal's first title in London. Four hours and 46 minutes (with interruptions in the middle) of battle with 9-7 in the fifth set and thrill.