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Skysports.com looks back at some of the most memorable Wimbledon finals.
Wimbledon has produced many magic moments throughout its 133-year history.
There are few who can forget an unseeded Boris Becker claiming his first title at the tender age of 17, or Pete Sampras lifting the trophy for a seventh and final time to break the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles won.
Here, skysports.com looks back at some of the most memorable finals.
Glorious Goran (2001)
Ivanisevic had won over the SW19 crowd after finishing as runner-up in three previous finals and, aged 29, this was his last chance to conquer. Hampered by a shoulder injury, he needed a wild card to get into the tournament having dropped to 125th in the world. But the popular Croatian fought his way through to the final, where he beat Pat Rafter in a five-set epic. Bad weather meant the match was played on a 'People's Monday' when crowds turned out in droves to cheer an emotional Goran every step of the way.
Borg v McEnroe (1980)
Borg was aiming to win his fifth successive Wimbledon, while McEnroe was making his first appearance in the final. It was an intriguing contest from the first point but it was the fourth-set tie-break that would go down in history. With Borg leading by two sets to one, McEnroe levelled the match on a tie-break that lasted 22 minutes and saw 34 points contested. It took an uncharacteristic error from Borg to hand the American an 18-16 advantage. The Swede went on to win the match, although McEnroe took revenge the following year.
Rafa v Roger (2008)
A match remarkable for several reasons. It was the third Wimbledon final in a row between the two, and ultimately took five sets and 288 minutes of tennis to separate them, thus becoming the longest men's singles final in Wimbledon history. Rain interruptions added to the suspense and the contest finished in near darkness. Federer fought back from two sets down but Nadal came out on top in the decider to claim his first Wimbledon title and end his opponent's five-year dominance.
Virginia Wades in (1977)
Wimbledon was marking its centenary, so it was only fitting a Briton should leave a mark. At 31, Virginia Wade was considered an outsider in the women's singles draw but overcame Chris Evert in the semi-final before beating Betty Stove in three sets to claim the trophy in front of the Queen in her Silver Jubilee year. Wade remains the last British player to win a senior Wimbledon singles title, and afterwards said: "It was my 16th attempt. I'd been trying since 1962. I'd virtually given up."
Ashe makes history (1975)
One of Wimbledon's more unexpected results saw unfancied Arthur Ashe take the crown from defending champion Jimmy Connors. Connors had not dropped a set en route to the final but Ashe breezed through the first two when they met. Connors fought back to claim the third set but Ashe went on to wrap up a 6-1 6-1 5-7 6-4 success, becoming the first black player to win a men's singles title at SW19.
Novotna bites back (1998)
It took three visits to the final and countless tears shed along the way but Jana Novotna finally came good, beating Natalie Tauziat in straight sets. Five years earlier, the Czech had lost in the final to Steffi Graf and been unable to hold back the tears during the presentation ceremony, famously crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent. Novotna had also lost the 1997 final to Martina Hingis but overcame her demons 12 months later to become one of Wimbledon's most popular winners.
Roddick heartache (2009)
Federer survived another epic final to win his sixth Wimbledon and record 15th Grand Slam title. Federer held his nerve in an amazing fifth set to seal a remarkable 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 victory on Centre Court as Roddick's brave resistance was finally broken.
Five-star Federer (2007)
One of the greatest Wimbledon finals, Federer was made to work all the way to equal Borg's five straight titles at the All England Club. Federer started the match like he had the previous year, racing into a 3-0 lead, but Nadal broke back, forcing him to take the first on a tie-break. Nadal took the second with a break in game 10 before the third went the way of the first, but Nadal, with the help of a Hawk-Eye over-rule that clearly upset Federer, took the fourth with two breaks. Federer saved four break points in the fifth, but took his game to another level to claim his fifth title 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-2.
Edberg beats Becker (1990)
This was the great comeback that never was in a display of wonderful attacking tennis on Centre Court. Becker revealed in his autobiography he had taken too many sleeping pills the night before and played the first two sets "like a sleepwalker". Perhaps things would have been different had Becker been wide awake, but Edberg was flawless at the net as he strolled into a two-set lead. But Becker stormed back with some thrilling tennis in the final three sets - though the third consecutive final between the pair, the previous two of which had been split, was edged by the Swede in the fifth. He ran out the winner 6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4.
Masterful McEnroe (1984)
Not a classic in the traditional sense - the match was barely a contest, but McEnroe's display is still considered to be the finest exhibition of grass-court tennis ever witnessed. He broke in Connors' first service game to sprint into a 3-0 lead, then again in game six for 5-1 before serving out the first set. Before Connors had time to regroup he was 4-0 down in the second, with McEnroe in complete control of his serve-volley game, and though he battled he could manage just two games in the third with a final score of 6-1 6-1 6-2.
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