People often ask me what my favourite tennis moment is. We’ll I’m pretty biased towards my own tennis matches and victories. My 1986 Wimbledon win over Ivan Lendl particularly but also the two Davis Cup wins for Australia that the team and I won.
But rather than talk about my career, I’ll tell you my top 3 favourite “modern” tennis moments that weren’t mine, plus my favourite woman’s match. Also I’ll limit myself to singles only and save doubles for another day:).
2001 Wimbledon Final
One that I especially enjoyed was the 2001 Wimbledon final between Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter. For pure drama and tension this would have to top the list. Ivanisevic took the title in the end but wow, that was some entertaining tennis. I haven’t seen anything quite like it since.
2008 Wimbledon Final
For quality it’s hard to beat the epic 2008 showdown between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. With match points against him, Federer fought back and took the match to an amazing 5th set where Nadal eventually managed to steal the long held Wimbledon Crown from Federer.
2012 Australian Open Final
For pure levels of fitness I have to add the Nadal vs Djokovic Australian Open final in 2012. This battle produced the longest tennis match in Australian Open history and it was an incredible demonstration of endurance and determination.
Ladies’ 2005 Wimbledon Final
On the woman’s side, the final between Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams in 2005 stands out to me. These two great players gave us one of the closest and most interesting women’s Wimbledon Finals in the open era.
So there you have it, 4 of my favourite tennis matches. I think the answer to “what’s your favourite tennis moment” will be different for everyone but the above really stood out to me for various reasons.
My favourite tennis moments tend to be the ones with a good story behind them, a great rivalry or contrasting styles of play. But above all they need to be entertaining. Tennis is after all just another form of entertainment.