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The Most Dramatic Tennis Comebacks of All Time

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Unforgettable Tennis Moments and Career-Defining Victories

Tennis is more than just a game of skill and agility; it's a battle of wills, a test of mental fortitude, and a theater for some of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history. This article delves into the most unforgettable tennis comebacks, matches that have not only thrilled fans but also defined careers.

1. Goran Ivanišević vs. Patrick Rafter: 2001 Wimbledon Fairytale

Entering Wimbledon in 2001 as a wildcard and ranked 125th, Goran Ivanišević was no one's favorite to win. After losing in three previous Wimbledon finals, Ivanišević was pitted against two-time US Open champion Patrick Rafter. Defying all odds, he won the thrilling five-setter 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7 to claim his first-ever Grand Slam title.

2. Andre Agassi vs. Andrei Medvedev: 1999 French Open

Andre Agassi was already a prominent figure in tennis but had never clinched the French Open. In 1999, he found himself two sets down 1-6, 2-6 against Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev. What followed was one of the most dramatic tennis comebacks, as Agassi won the next three sets 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 to complete a career Grand Slam.

3. Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer: 2008 Wimbledon Epic

Ranked among the greatest tennis matches of all time, the 2008 Wimbledon final saw Rafael Nadal trailing Roger Federer, who had already bested him in the previous two Wimbledon finals. Nadal came from behind to win the marathon match in 4 hours and 48 minutes with scores of 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7.

4. Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal: 2012 Australian Open

Considered one of the best tennis rivalries of all time, the almost six-hour-long battle saw Novak Djokovic down a break in the final set. Summoning his mental and physical resilience, Djokovic emerged victorious, winning 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5), 7–5.

5. Venus Williams vs. Lindsay Davenport: 2005 Wimbledon

Ranked 16th, Venus Williams found herself trailing 4-2 in the final set against Lindsay Davenport. In an awe-inspiring display of skill and determination, she managed a dramatic tennis comeback, winning 4–6, 7–6(4), 9–7.

6. Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: 2017 Australian Open

Roger Federer made a dramatic comeback after a six-month hiatus due to a knee injury. Down a break in the fifth set, Federer rallied to defeat his arch-rival, Rafael Nadal, with a 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 win, claiming his 18th Grand Slam title.

7. Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer: 2019 Wimbledon

In a heart-stopping final, Djokovic saved two championship points and took the first-ever Wimbledon men's singles final to a tiebreak at 12–12, winning 7–6(5), 1–6, 7–6(4), 4–6, 13–12(3).


These extraordinary comebacks epitomize the drama and excitement that make tennis one of the most captivating sports. Each match serves as a testament to the resilience, courage, and skill that can turn underdogs into champions and champions into legends.

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Shawn Rogers
Shawn Rogers

I’m sorry but Medvedev versus Nadal 2022 Australian Open final needs to be on this list.
Nadal was down two sets to love and a break in the third and came back to win it and almost 6 hours that is definitely deserving of being on this top list.
It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

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