Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious tennis grand slams is just around the corner and we simply cannot wait any longer. The freshly trimmed blades of grass await the gladiators that will battle at the heart of London from the 3rd of July. The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and of course last year’s champion Novak Djokovic along with other big names will be a part of this year’s championship.
Every successful player has once in his career had a rival who has given him tough competition on every occasion. Wimbledon has also brewed many tennis rivalries over the years, some of them lasting for almost a decade. As often said, rivalry and competition helps a person to build character, personality and become successful, these tennis rivalries between the players brought the best of out of the both of them and helped them achieve greatness.
Some of the greatest Wimbledon rivalries have excited us as fans of the sport over the years. Here are the top 5 tennis rivalries in Wimbledon history :
1) Andre Agassi – Pete Sampras
During the 1990s, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were both on top of their game. They had left the pack far behind and were starting to produce a world where no one else was allowed to enter as they won all the majors in the game. Rivalling each other at every event, they provided tennis lovers with feast after feast of sumptuous, mouth-watering tennis. Both had different styles of play, and although they played each other on only two occasions at Wimbledon, they put on the greatest of shows. Sampras coming on top both the times, once in quarter-final and the second time in the all important final.
Their rivalry was not just limited to Wimbledon; they showcased their talent on other courts as well. They faced off in four more grand slams finals; Pete Sampras winning three of them.