The first of Borg’s five consecutive Wimbledon championships: Borg defeats Nastase 6-4 6-2 9-7
Not really regarded as a classic, but nonetheless interesting, this final between the mercurial Romanian and the cool Swede marks the debut of Borg’s era at Wimbledon.
Nastase, having reached the final in 1972 and leading in their head to head was the clear favorite, but the pressure was on his shoulders: this final was seen as his last chance to win Wimbledon.
Different surface. Same result.
One year earlier, Sampras had beaten his archrival Agassi in final, and equalled Emerson’s record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles. He was expected to break the record in front of the US crowd, but had to withdraw just a few days before the 99 Us Open due to a back injury. Beaten in the semifinals of the 00′ Oz Open and in the first round of Roland Garros, Sampras entered Wimbledon injured (shin inflammation).
Had this been any other tournament, Sampras said following the final, he would have pulled out. But Wimbledon is not just another tournament and instead he decided to skip practice sessions. And it proved to be a good decision as he benefited from an easy draw. Before the final, the highest-ranked player Sampras faced was No. 56,
Jan-Michael Gambill. His opponents were in succession Jiri Novak, Karol Kucera, Justin Gimelstob, Jonas Bjorkman, Jan Michael Gambill, Vladimir Voltchkov and the popular Aussie Pat Rafter in the final.
Pat won the first set 12-10 in the tiebreak, then lead 4-1 in the second set tiebreak and had two set points. But Rafter blinked, Sampras escaped to level the match, and there was nothing left to do: Sampras was in the zone and nobody could have stopped him. Sampras captured his 7th and final Wimbledon title and broke Emerson’s record, defeating Rafter in four sets 6–7(10), 7–6(5), 6–4, 6–2.
Nice to see a very emotional Sampras (for once):
Sampras parents Sammy and Georgia:
Berdych’s road to the final:
|R1||Andrey Golubev||7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2|
|R2||Benjamin Becker||7-5, 6-3, 6-4|
|R3||Denis Istomin||6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-7(8),6-3, 6-4|
|R4||Daniel Brands||4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5, 6-3|
|QF||Roger Federer||6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|SF||Novak Djokovic||6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3|
Nadal’s road to the final:
|R1||Kei Nishikori||6-2, 6-4, 6-4|
|R2||Robin Haase||5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3|
|R3||Philipp Petzschner||6-4, 4-6, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3|
|R4||Paul-Henri Mathieu||6-4, 6-2, 6-2|
|QF||Robin Soderling||3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1|
|SF||Andy Murray||6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4|
Who will win Wimbledon's final?
- Nadal in 4 sets (50%, 2 Votes)
- Berdych in 4 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
- Nadal in 3 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
- Berdych in 3 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
- Berdych in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
- Nadal in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 4
She captured her 4th Wimbldon title, her 13th Grand Slam overall, one more than tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Congrats to Serena who is the only consistent female player in the majors.
List of Serena Williams singles Grand Slam titles: