Top 5 most exciting Wimbledon men's finals this century
There is a romance about Wimbledon that isn’t quite there for the rest of the year. Maybe, Gustavo Kuerten would disagree in disgust, but there ...
There is a romance about Wimbledon that isn’t quite there for the rest of the year. Maybe, Gustavo Kuerten would disagree in disgust, but there is something in those blades of green grass, those immaculate whites, the traditions, the Rolex ads, the rainy whiffs, the Amritraj summaries. One can never be sure why the Wimbledon is so special and why it has made the toughest of men break down in tears. Maybe the other Opens would just look wistfully and say, ‘the grass is greener on this side of the fence’. No wonder then that this year’s Wimbledon is being broadcasted under the caption – ‘Where every day is day in history’.The last 15 editions have seen seven winners, one of whom, Roger Federer, arguably the most complete player ever at his peak, won it seven times and is bidding to become the first man to win the Singles title for an unprecedented eighth time. So, we will keep up with the tradition and recount some of the finest men’s Finals at the Wimbledon since the turn of the 21st century.
#5 2007 - Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal
The score-line read 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.
By the end of the fourth set, either player could have won it, but Nadal had all the momentum. Nadal had lost to Roger the previous year in what was his first Wimbledon Final.
Federer was gunning to become only the second man after Bjorn Borg to win five Wimbledon titles in a row. Nadal's matches were interrupted by weather which meant he played many matches in a short time frame.
But eventually, the final gave discerning tennis enthusiasts what they had wanted – gumption, class, fight-back and elegance from one of the greatest tennis rivalries with two players who couldn’t be more different. Federer prevailed in the end almost against himself after letting Nadal breeze through in the fourth set, having gotten himself into a tangle over a line-call.
Hawkeye was introduced in the Final that year and who knows what could’ve been otherwise. Nadal had his chances, but he had to wait another year as Federer won his 13th Grand Slam title.