Ranking the Most Dominant Performances in Wimbledon History

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Ranking the Most Dominant Performances in Wimbledon History
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Winning a Wimbledon singles title is difficult enough, but to steamroll the opposition over the course of two weeks represents a different level of achievement.

Citing the most dominant performances at Wimbledon is not the same as noting the most impressive performances. The prime example is Steffi Graf's run through a star-packed field to win the 1989 Wimbledon title. That might be the most impressive tournament-long performance in Wimbledon history, but it barely made our list of the most dominant performances.

For our purposes, dominance is defined by the ease with which a player swept away all competition during the tournament. The primary factor in that determination is how one-sided each result was on the way to a title. As such, dominance in one particular match, even if it was the finals, does not automatically translate into a dominant performance over the entire tournament. 

Some consideration was given to the era, since the breadth of talent is much greater in the Open era than it was previously, and the caliber of competition faced by the player in the given Wimbledon tournament. Also, dominance in the later rounds was given slightly more weight than results in the early rounds.

Ultimately, though, the quality of the competition and the stage of the tournament played secondary roles in our ranking.

We selected 14 Wimbledon performances that deserve mention as the most dominant, then ranked those 14.


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