Wimbledon’s greatest rivalries

Federer and Nadal

Here’s my top-five greatest Wimbledon rivalries. Can you think of any better ones?

1. Martina Navratilova v Chris Evert
2. Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal
3. Boris Becker v Stefan Edberg
4. Bjorn Borg v John McEnroe
5. Serena Williams v Venus Williams


  1. Paul Whittaker
    Posted 27 May, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    John McEnroe v Jimmy Conners

  2. HB
    Posted 28 May, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Federer vs. Nadal has got to be the best rivalries in the Tennis world! In their Wimbledon final I sat infront of TV for the entire 7 hours (i think?) and I could not take my eyes off the screen! Absolutely brilliant job from both.

  3. Mike Brink
    Posted 30 May, 2009 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Steffi vs Martina

  4. JAB
    Posted 1 June, 2009 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Bjorn Borg vs Jimmy Connors

    Pete Sampras vs Goran Ivanisevic

    Steffi Graf vs Martina Navratilova

    Billie Jean King vs Margaret Smith Court

  5. anisa
    Posted 1 June, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I would say John Vs. McEnrone & Nadal vs. Federer.

  6. Posted 2 June, 2009 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Roger Federer v/s Rafa in wimbledon last year was the most thriling and dramatic finals I’ve ever seen.Although before that game I was for boris becker v/s stefan edberg

  7. raimo
    Posted 2 June, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    I agree, that the rivalry between Jimmy Connors and Björn Borg was missing from the list as well as the the matches between Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

  8. anisa
    Posted 2 June, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Rafael vs. Federer. No doubt about it.

  9. Posted 4 June, 2009 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Yeah. Pete Vs Goran. Greatest of all, because of its effect on Goran’s career after the 1998 epic final loss.

  10. Posted 4 June, 2009 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    The greatest of them is certainly Rafa Vs FedEx

  11. Albert
    Posted 4 June, 2009 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    I think the most successful Player Pete Sampras has been forgotten what an omission

  12. Abdul Rasool
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    in my opinion the greatest revalries of at the Champianships are Boris Becker and Stefen Eberg because they met three consecative times nad all matches were unfrogatle specially in 1990 final.

  13. naledi mosaka
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I think next to Nadal and Federer’s rivalry one that stands out tall is that between Agassi and Sampras.

  14. Tomas
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Martina vs Christine , definitely

  15. Pip
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink


    Federer may have won a career Grand Slam, which is amazing! However, there is a reason for him for winning so many Slams in such a short time. Here are the facts. During the Slam-winning years Pete Sampras has had to face 8 multiple grand slam winners (I did not include players such as Michael Chang, Goran Ivaniservic or Richard Krajicek as they each won one only). As you can see, Sampras had to face a much tougher group of opponents in some of the finals he won. Apart from Safin and Hewitt, he has a winning record against everyone else. Conversely, Roger Federer only faced one multiple Slam winners in Grand Slam finals (Nadal), to whom he as a losing record against.

    Sampras 12: Rafter 4 (2 slams)
    Sampras 20: Agassi 14 (8 slams)
    Sampras 12: Becker 7 (6 slams)
    Sampras 8: Edberg 6 (6 slams)
    Sampras 16: Courier 4 (4 slams)
    Sampras 4: Hewitt 5 (2 slams)
    Sampras 3: Safin 4 (2 slams)
    Federer 6: Nadal 13 (6 slams)

  16. naledi mosaka
    Posted 10 June, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    The greatest rivalry for me was that between Sampras and Agassi. Although I was a great fan of Agassi, I respected Sampras immensely.
    Its nice to see them both enjoying their lives beyond the tennis courts.

  17. Posted 20 June, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    When Federer win Wimbledon and Us Open is he the Number1 but Nadal must failed by Us Open.

  18. Posted 21 June, 2009 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    i FIND Sampras vs Federer was the best Match ever.

  19. Marnin Romm
    Posted 22 June, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Martina vs Steffi!!!!!100%

  20. Posted 27 June, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    In my life,I watched the greatest final ever.That was 2008 wimbeldon final.Even Federer 14 grand slams winner now,fought best to defend his title for sixth consecutive time,he failed to over come Rafa’s movement.

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