Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #10-#8

Some of the video links may not work, but this is worth a repost as Wimbledon approaches – DM

Tennis Abides: Dan Martin on Tennis and Life

This Top 10 List is Based on Matches I have actually seen.  I was four years old and did not see McEnroe vs. Borg in 1980 therefore I can’t rate it.  This is also purely subjective as each of these matches have their merit.

10.  2000 Pete Sampras d. Patrick Rafter 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

This match stands out because Pete Sampras broke Roy Emerson’s Grand Slam singles title record.  Pete had looks at breaking Rafter’s serve, but could not come through and lost a lead in the first set tiebreak.  Rafter had set points in the second set tiebreak that may have more or less ended the match, but Sampras fought them off and won the 3rd and 4th sets as darkness crept onto Centre Court.  The traditionalist Pete Sampras winning his 7th and final Wimbledon crown while achieving a career dream put a stamp on his reign at…

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