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Top 5 epic Wimbledon moments

by LLB Editor
22nd Jun 12 3:38 pm

‘Tis Wimbledon season and tennis lovers all over the world are itching to see their favourites fight for the title. Here are our all-time favourite tennis triumphs and, er, tunes from the tournament

1. Wimbledon king Roger Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses his trophy after winning the Mens Final during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London

Roger Federer won five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 2003-2007. In 2001 he broke Pete Sampras’ 31-match winning streak. And then there’s the 2009 match where Federer beat Andy Roddick in a four-and-a-half hour nail-biting final. You still hear tennis fans talking about that one.

2. Longest match in history

USA's John Isner celebrates victory over France's Nicolas Mahut in their record breaking match on Court 18 during Day Four of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.

In what was the longest match in tennis history (2010), John Isner and Nicholas Mahut played against each other for 11 hours, 5 minutes over a three-day match. Who won in the end? Isner, and this is the moment he tasted success.

3.  Record breaking tennis queen

Ladies Singles Champion for a record ninth time Martina Navratilova holds aloft the trophy on the centre court.

In 1990, queen of Wimbledon Martina Navaratilova broke a 52-year-old record by winning a Wimbledon ladies’ championship for the ninth time. And she didn’t stop there, she went on to win 20 global championships titles.

4. Boris Becker lifts the cup at 17

The 17 year old Boris Becker of West Germany, became the youngest person ever and the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon men's single's final, when he beat the South African-American born Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

To win Wimbledon is one thing, but to bag the title aged just 17 is something else. In 1985, Boris Becker defeated the then world no.1 player, Ivan Lendl, to become the youngest ever winner of the mens’ singles title at Wimbledon.

5. Never mind the rain! Sir Cliff Richard regales crowd

Tennis players (L-R) Gigi Fernandez and Conchita Martinez cheer as Sir Cliff Richard entertains the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon this afternoon (Wednesday) after rain stopped play

In 1996, a rain delay in Centre Court didn’t dampen spirits of tennis lovers. Why? Because Sir Cliff Richard entertained crowds by singing in the rain and Navaratilova too joined in. Read his diary entry here.

Can you think of more triumphant tennis moments? Leave your comments below..

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