5 most epic tennis matches of all time

Many of the most riveting sporting events in human history have been described by those who witnessed it as “back and forth.” Tennis, by definition, is a back and forth game. When titans of the court clash we are often witnesses to some of the most awe inspiring athletic feats imaginable. Tennis has delivered a number of epic clashes throughout history.

Debates will rage on for years, even decades, about which matches were the greatest of all time. This is only natural as determining the greatest match of all time is a matter of speculation and opinion. We all have our own opinion. The following represent five entries that can be considered five of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

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Wimbledon 2012: Federer downs Djokovic, nears top world ranking

For the first time since early in 2010, a men’s Grand Slam trophy will be engraved with a name other than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, thanks to Roger Federer’s victory over the latter in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.  Djokovic and Nadal had combined to win the last nine major tournaments, going all the way back to the 2010 Australian Open, but Wimbledon 2012 shall feature a new champion.

While Nadal equaled his career-worst performance in a major with a shocking second-round exit, Roger Federer cruised to a four-set victory over Djokovic, knocking out the defending champion with relative ease.  Thanks to Nadal’s early departure, Federer will now be favored to take home his seventh Wimbledon title, which would tie Pete Sampras for the most of all time.

Even more surprising, however, is that Federer’s dominating victory will give him a chance to claim the world’s top ranking for the third time in his career, [Read more…]

Wimbledon semifinal preview: Djokovic-Federer, Murray-Tsonga

With 11 days of Wimbledon behind us, four of the world’s top five players stand just one victory away from a spot in the final.  While Rafael Nadal’s absence will make the winner of the Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer matchup the likely championship favorite, either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also capitalize on the Spaniard’s early exit by sneaking into his first Wimbledon final.  Let’s take a closer look at what to expect in these two highly competitive matchups.

Djokovic-Federer

The world’s top player hasn’t had quite the blistering start to 2012 that he did to 2011, having won just two titles in eight tournaments after winning the first seven and nine of the first 10 in 2011. [Read more…]

Nadal out early at Wimbledon: Door open for Federer, Murray?

With Rafael Nadal’s shocking loss Thursday at Wimbledon, the door might just be cracked open for Roger Federer to make one last run, as he seeks a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.

Nadal fell in five sets in Wimbledon’s second round—tying his earliest exit in a Grand Slam tournament in his career—to the No. 100-ranked player in the world, Lukas Rosol, the lowest ranked player to ever beat Nadal.  While his early departure could make it easier for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to take home his second consecutive Wimbledon title, it may just help a less likely champion, like Federer or Andy Murray, come out on top. [Read more…]