Wimbledon 2011: 5 Things We'll Remember Most from Championships

Jack JohnsonCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2011

Wimbledon 2011: 5 Things We'll Remember Most from Championships

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    Wimbledon is always full of special moments and the 125th year of the Championships has not failed to live up to expectation.

    The women's draw has been wide open with seeded players dropping like flies. The men's has been sensational.

    The All England Club has seen memorable moments in the past and Sunday's final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will surely be another to add to the list.

    Ahead of the women's and men's finals, here are five things we will remember from Wimbledon 2011. 

5. Feliciano Lopez Ending Andy Roddick's Quest for a Second Grand Slam

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    Andy Roddick headed into Wimbledon tagged as a contender outside of the top four for the Wimbledon title.

    Roddick was seen, by many, as the best of the rest, but all that was blown away by an underrated Spaniard who went onto reach the quarterfinals.

    Feliciano Lopez outplayed Roddick throughout the match. The World No.10 could not cope with Lopez's lefty serve out-wide to the backhand and, as has been the case for many a year, was not ruthless enough with his groundstrokes.

    For those who watched Roddick's tight win against Lopez at Queens, you would have expected a close match and it was exactly that. Lopez stunned Roddick and ended what could have been the American's last chance at winning a second grand slam.

4. Serena Williams' Tears

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    After Serena Williams won her opening match of the Championships, the defending champion broke down in tears.

    It was more the relief and overwhelming feeling of being able to play at Wimbledon after 12 months on the sidelines and showed a side that has been well hidden for many a year.

    After that win against Aravane Rezai, Serena went onto reach the fourth round before losing to Marion Bartoli.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga consoling Grigor Dimitrov came very close to making this list and is worth a mention. After a fantastic performance from Dimitrov he finally lost to the Frenchmen, who made sure he congratulated the Bulgarian on how well he had played. A true sportsman.

3. The Rain and the Centre Court Roof

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    Normally it would be rather unappreciative of the Championships to feature the rain and the centre court roof as something that we will remember, but in honesty it created some brilliant matches.

    Unlike last year, SW19 was treated to some torrential downpours allowing the roof to come into its own.

    The atmosphere was fantastic and laid witness to some brilliant matches such as Lisicki-Li Na and Soderling-Hewitt.

    The All England Club's decision to install a roof on centre court was justified in 2011.

2. Sabine Lisicki Defeating Li Na in Second Round

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    Sabine Lisicki has been one of the stars of Wimbledon 2011 and it all started with her second round win against Li Na.

    Under the centre court roof, Lisicki produced some sensational tennis to beat the French Open champion in three sets.

    It was a truly entertaining match and will remain a highlight of the Championships for years to come. Lisicki's reaction to the win just made the occasion all the more special.

    The German may have been a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon before but the fact that she produced such a brilliant and inspiring performance after her injury troubles made her a firm favourite at SW19.

    Lisicki went onto reach the semifinals before losing out to Maria Sharapova.

1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's Fightback Against Roger Federer

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    Roger Federer was leading by two sets to love against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in a quarterfinal that many expected the Swiss to win, but nobody had predicted that the 12th seed would come back and make the semifinals.

    Tsonga maintained his belief and broke in the third and fourth sets to bring the match level and take the six-time champion into a fifth set.

    That fifth set saw a break in the first game and it was Tsonga, of course, who maintained the break and served out the match.

    A truly inspiring and brilliant win from Tsonga. A match that will not be forgotten and a performance that Tsonga may never better or replicate.