Ranking the 10 most iconic Wimbledon moments of the Open era

Ranking the 10 most iconic Wimbledon moments of the Open era

The Wimbledon tennis tournament has been delivering some of the sport's most historic moments since it began in 1877.

Known as the most prestigious of the four Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon's Centre Court serves as the only remaining major played on grass.

With Wimbledon set to begin Monday, USA TODAY Sports tracks the 10 most iconic Wimbledon moments in the Open era (which began in 1968): 

1. Borg vs. McEnroe tiebreaker (1980). This "fire and ice" matchup in 1980 of contrasting styles and personalities made this 18-16 fourth-set tiebreaker 22 minutes of tennis glory. While a younger McEnroe and his "fiery" personality won that tiebreaker, a top-of-his-game Borg, whose calm and collected personality gave him the "ice man" nickname, answered to collect his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. He won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16), 8-6 in just under four hours.

2. Nadal vs. Federer classic (2008). One of the greatest tennis matches of all-time, clay-court master Rafael Nadal's 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7 victory over Roger Federer had all the dramatics between two of the sport's all-time greats. Federer had won five Wimbledon titles in a row and won the pivotal fourth-set tiebreaker, but Nadal survived the 4-hour, 48-minute match. 

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