The 12 Greatest Wimbledon Champions of the Past 60 Years

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The 12 Greatest Wimbledon Champions of the Past 60 Years
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Since 1950, the lush lawns of Wimbledon have staged some of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

Many of those battles were waged on Championship Sunday as two finalists faced off on opposite sides of the net to decide who would claim the vaunted title that year.

Throughout the decades, the champions seemed to come in waves from Australia early on, then Sweden, the United States and lately from Switzerland, Spain and most recently from Serbia.

The 12 greatest champions of the past 60 years won multiple titles on Centre Court after working through the draw to reach the final at the All-England Club.

Until recently, most truly successful on the green lawns of Wimbledon played serve-and-volley tennis—a game which seemed unbeatable on grass.

Now, however, base-liners rule Centre Court.

Baseline players supplanted serve-and-volleyers as the seemingly less aggressive game style dominated, enhanced by new racket technology while the grass surfaces reportedly slowed significantly.

As Wimbledon gets underway in 2012, world No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic hopes to capture his second consecutive Wimbledon championship.

Rafael Nadal desperately wishes to seize his third title on the grass while Roger Federer anticipates winning the Wimbledon trophy for the seventh time and, in the process, recapturing the No.1 ranking.

At its conclusion in 2012, see whose name is added or moved up on this list of Wimbledon's greatest champions.

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