Ranking the 10 Most Epic Matches in Tennis History

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Ranking the 10 Most Epic Matches in Tennis History
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Rafael Nadal, after 2008 Wimbledon finals

Was Novak Djokovic's thrilling, five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the Wimbledon semifinals among the 10 most epic matches in tennis history?

Perhaps Andy Murray's victory in the finals deserves a spot on the list since he became the first British man in 77 years to win a Wimbledon singles title.

"Epic" means different things to different people. For the purposes of our rankings, we considered four factors: drama, importance of the match, greatness of the players involved and historical significance.

There is a tendency to rank recent matches higher, partly because they are fresher in our memory and partly because increased media exposure gave them more prestige.  Nonetheless, our list includes matches from eight different decades, ranging from 1926 to 2012.

We start with five matches that deserve honorable mention for their distinctive qualities but don't quite reach epic status. Then we count down the 10 most epic matches in history.

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