Nadal, Williams, Murray: Wimbledon's top 10 most iconic moments

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Wimbledon is the most famous tennis tournament in the world and this year’s event is fast approaching.  

As the competition nears, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to look back at our 10 favourite moments ever at the All England Club. 

It’s worth noting that this is not a list of the best matches ever. You can check that out here if you’re interested. 

Instead, this list features moments that are simply unforgettable for good and bad reasons.

Andy Murray wins first Wimbledon – 2013

Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion at the All England Club with a straight sets victory against Novak Djokovic. 

The Scot had lost the 2012 final to Roger Federer but produced the performance of his life against Djokovic, with the atmosphere on centre-court perhaps the best the All England Club has ever seen. 

Murray

Jana Novotna blows lead against Steffi Graf – 1993

Eighth-seed Novotna had upset Martina Navratilova in the semi-finals and was 4-1 up in the final set against Graf. 

However, her chance for a first Grand Slam title was crushed by the German, who won her third straight Wimbledon crown. 

During the presentation ceremony, Novotna accepted the runner-up silverware from the Duchess of Kent and openly wept on her shoulder. 

The Duchess then proceeded to put her hand around Novotna’s neck in one of the most heartwarming moments tennis has ever witnessed. 

Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer – 2008 

Federer had won five Wimbledon titles in a row and beaten Nadal in both 2006 and 2007. 

However, the Spaniard emerged victorious in a match widely considered the best of all time.

With agonising rain delays, thrilling tie-breaks and match points saved, Nadal won 9-7 in the final set as the match finished in darkness. 

Nadal, Federer

Coco Gauff beats Venus Williams – 2019 

When 15-year-old qualifier Coco Gauff drew five-time champion, Venus Williams, in the first round of the 2019 ladies’ singles, nobody gave the teenager a chance. 

Yet Gauff produced a stunning upset to beat the tennis legend in straight sets and catapult herself to global stardom. 

Fast forward three years and Gauff now sits inside the world’s top 20 and reached this year’s French Open final. 

Coco Gauff

John Isner wins longest match ever – 2010

Isner faced off against French star Nicolas Mahut in the first round of the 2010 men’s singles draw. 

Remarkably, the match was played over the course of three days, with Isner winning the fifth and final set 70-68. 

The match remains the longest in Grand Slam history by a considerable distance. 

Martina Navratilova wins record-breaking ninth title – 1990 

Navratilova won her first Wimbledon title in 1978 at the age of 21. Less than a decade later, she had eight titles and looked unstoppable. 

However, after Graf emerged on the scene, Navratilova struggled to dominate tennis as much as she had done previously. 

Having lost two straight finals to the German, Navratilova stormed to victory in 1990 –– claiming her ninth title and setting the record for most ladies’ singles championships ever won by a woman. 

Navratilova

Roger Federer wins eighth title – 2017 

In 2017, Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times after thrashing Croatia’s Marin Cilic in straight sets. 

The victory was especially pleasing for Federer, who had not won at the All England Club for five years and became the oldest man in the Open era to win Wimbledon. 

Virginia Wade wins Wimbledon – 1977 

Wade remains the last British woman to ever win Wimbledon, having beaten Betty Stove in three sets back in 1977. 

That year was also the 100th anniversary of the competition and the Silver Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II, who attended the final for the first time in 15 years. 

‘You cannot be serious’ – 1981

John McEnroe’s outburst at Wimbledon in 1981 gave rise to the most famous quote in tennis history. 

“You cannot be serious,” shouted the American at the chair umpire as he attempted to argue his shot was on the line. 

McEnroe was hit with a penalty point but recovered to win the match and the Wimbledon title that year.

McEnroe

 Serena Williams beats Venus to win first Wimbledon title – 2002 

Serena beat two-time defending champion Venus in the final to capture her first title at the All England Club. 

The 40-year-old has subsequently gone on to win seven Wimbledon titles. Could 2022 see her claim her eighth? 

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