Wimbledon’s greatest matches of all time…

Maria Bueno wins Wimbledon in 1964 after one of the greatest matches of all-time

Maria Bueno wins Wimbledon in 1964 after one of the greatest matches of all-time

Maria’s finest exploits are still being recalled over a quarter of a century later and the latest tribute comes from the well-renowned American tennis writer and author, Steve Flink, in his book entitled ‘The 10 Greatest Wimbledon Matches of All Time’ (published in 2012) and revisited recently on www.tennisgrandstand.com.

The 1964 final against Margaret Smith Court ranks seventh in terms of Wimbledon matches and twenty-seventh overall.

“I’ve always felt that 1964 final to be one of my best matches,” Maria recalls.

“I had come back from nearly a year out due to illness and everyone thought I wouldn’t be able to last against Margaret, so it was a great win for me.

“To have that match listed among the greatest of all time at Wimbledon, still, after all this time, is wonderful and to have people reminded of it, even better!”

Here is the piece: –

With Wimbledon upon us, it’s fun to get nostalgic looking back at the greatest matches of all time from the greatest tournament in tennis. 

The Greates Tennis Matches of All Time, by Steve Flink

The Greates Tennis Matches of All Time, by Steve Flink

In his book ‘The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time’ author Steve Flink describes the greatest tennis matches of not just Wimbledon, but in the history of the sport, and ranks the matches in order of their significance.

The following is the Flink’s rankings of the greatest Wimbledon matches of all time as they appear in his book.

Here is the list, in order, of the greatest tennis matches in Wimbledon history, with their respective ‘all-time’ ranking on the left.

1. [No. 1 All-Time] Rafael Nadal d. Roger Federer, 6-4 6-4 6-7(4) 6-7(9) 9-7, final, Wimbledon, grass, 2008 

2. [No. 2 All-Time] Bjorn Borg d. John McEnroe, 1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7(18) 8-6, final, Wimbledon grass, 1980 

3. [No. 8 All-Time] Pancho Gonzales d. Charlie Pasarell, 22-24 1-6 16-14 6-3 11-9, first round, grass, Wimbledon, 1969 

4. [No. 10 All-Time] Henri Cochet d. Bill Tilden, 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-3, semi-final, Wimbledon, grass, 1927 

5. [No. 12 All-Time] Margaret Court d. Billie Jean King, 14-12 11-9, final, Wimbledon, grass, 1970 

6. [No. 18 All-Time] Helen Wills Moody d. Helen Jacobs, 6-3 3-6 7-5, final, Wimbledon, grass, 1935 

7. [No. 25 All-Time] Maria Bueno d. Margaret Smith, 6-4 7-9 6-3, final, Wimbledon, grass, 1964 

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8. [No. 27 All-Time] Stan Smith d. Ilie Nastase, 4-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5, final, Wimbledon, grass, 1972 

9. [No. 28 All-Time] Roger Federer d. Andy Roddick, 5-7 7-6(6) 7-6(5) 3-6 16-14, final, Wimbledon, grass, 2009 

10. [No. 29 All-Time] Maureen Connolly d. Doris Hart, 8-6 7-5, final, Wimbledon, grass, 1953 

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To see the 1964 finals, click HERE