This one had it all. The game's undisputed top two players. A five-time champion going for six. A fierce rival trying to break through. Rain delays in the last men's final that will ever suffer rain delays. Darkness descending on Centre Court. And a match to surpass the hype. Nadal stunned the tennis world by taking the first two sets off Federer. The No. 1 player responded with two tiebreak wins, staving off two match points in the fourth set. The two titans traded punches in the fifth before Federer finally cracked and Nadal served out a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7 win. The deciding factor that puts this one atop the list? McEnroe himself called it the greatest Wimbledon final ever.
1977: Bjorn Borg vs. Jimmy Connors
We'll hear more from Borg on this list, but his most modest entry is this five-set win over Connors, the second of their four Grand Slam final meetings. Connors breezed in the first set. Borg roared back in the next two. Connors forced the deciding set with a 7-5 win in the fourth. But Borg closed him out for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 win, his second of five straight Wimbledon crowns. This all came after Borg survived a five-set showdown with Vitas Gerulaitis in the semifinals.
1992: Andre Agassi vs. Goran Ivanisevic
Agassi's first Grand Slam title was one of his hardest to earn. His game not ideally suited to the Wimbledon grass, the resilient Agassi bounced former champions Boris Becker and John McEnroe on the way to the final against Ivanisevic. The American lost the first set in a tiebreak, won the next two, then was routed in the fourth before closing out the match 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. It was the one and only Wimbledon title for the player who once refused to play at the tradition-rich tournament.
2001: Goran Ivanisevic vs. Patrick Rafter
Ivanisevic would have to wait nine years (and two more finals appearances) after the Agassi loss before finally tasting victory at Wimbledon. His world ranking had dropped to No. 125, and he needed a wildcard entry just to play. Still, Ivanisevic sliced through the draw and met Rafter in a classic finale. After trading sets over the first four, Ivanisevic took an exhilarating fifth set for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 win the only Grand Slam triumph for the lowest-ranked player ever to hoist the trophy at the All England Club.
1979: Bjorn Borg vs. Roscoe Tanner
Borg's run of five consecutive Wimbledon wins was certainly no walk in the park. Just two years after his thriller with Jimmy Connors, another American pushed him to the limit. The big-serving Tanner won a first-set tiebreak, then took the third set as well the only man to put Borg in a two sets to one hole in the final during his streak. Borg, though, stormed back to win 6-7 (4), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
1971: John Newcombe vs. Stan Smith
Newcombe was already a two-time Wimbledon champion when he came to the All England Club in 1971. He faced Smith with whom he had forged a longstanding rivalry in a five-set classic. The American Smith took a two sets to one lead before his Aussie opponent rallied for a 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win. Smith would get his moment with the trophy one year later, beating Ilie Nastase in another five-set thriller in 1972. With the win, Newcombe became the first man to win back-to-back five-set Wimbledon finals (he beat Ken Rosewall in the same fashion in 1970) since Arthur Gore in 1908-09.
1998: Pete Sampras vs. Goran Ivanisevic
Sampras was no stranger to Grand Slam finals when he faced Ivanisevic in 1998, but in this match he found himself in uncharted territory: forced to a fifth set. After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Sampras took one of the more memorable Wimbledon tiebreaks in the second set, 11-9. They traded sets in the third and fourth, and Sampras pulled away in the fifth for a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory his fifth of seven Wimbledon championships.
2007: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Bjorn Borg had a pair of records on the line in this one. Either Federer would win his fifth straight Wimbledon equalling Borg's modern-day mark or Nadal would become the first man since the Swede to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. Federer won the first and third sets in tiebreaks, then was trounced in the fourth the first time he'd been pushed to five sets during his Wimbledon streak. When it mattered most, Federer stepped up and closed out a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2 win against the new challenger to his throne.
1982: Jimmy Connors vs. John McEnroe
The first of two Wimbledon title meetings between Connors and McEnroe was the one to remember. Connors eight years removed from his only other Wimbledon crown and almost four years since he had last won a Grand Slam went toe-to-toe with the defending champ. McEnroe had dropped just one set all tournament until Connors won the second in this match. McEnroe took the third in a tiebreak, then lost the fourth in the same fashion before Connors finished off an epic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory.
2009: Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick
Federer was chasing history. Roddick was returning to the big stage. The two boomed serves back and forth for over four hours before Federer finally broke Roddick in the 30th game of the longest fifth set in Grand Slam history -- the only time Roddick dropped serve in the match. The final tally was 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in Federer's favor, his record-setting 15th Grand Slam title.
1980: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe
Let the real argument begin. Borg and McEnroe's classic comes in at No. 2 on this list, but not for lack of quality. McEnroe crushed Borg in the first set and looked poised to stop the Swede's Wimbledon run. Borg came back to win each of the next two sets. Then came the unforgettable fourth-set tiebreak. McEnroe saved five match points and won 18-16 to force the final set. It lasted 14 games, and Borg prevailed for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16), 8-6 victory that is forever etched in tennis lore.