Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

One of the most interesting but underrated rivalry was between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. They both were serve and volley players but were opposite in their temperament on the courts. Becker stormed into the world of tennis by being the youngest Wimbledon champion and had a extraordinary serve along with powerful backhand and superb running forehand. He was an entertainer on the court whereas Stefan was a reserved and delicate tennis player and hardly showed any such outrageous emotions on the court. Edberg excelled at playing volleys and had huge kick serve. Due to calm temperament, Edberg showed great sportsmanship and ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ is a testimony to it.

Head-to-head match stats of 35 times of German tennis player Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg has made their rivalry visible to the world of tennis. Becker led the table 25-10 while on the other hand Edberg won three out of four meetings in the biggest test of Grand Slams. Both of them had won the career Grand Slam titles six times each, with both failing short to win the French Open. Also both the players have won the Australian Open two times each, showing rivalry more precisely in terms of title winnings. Here is some general information about the two players:

Edberg

Becker

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

November 22, 1967

Country:

Sweden

Germany

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

49

Career Doubles Titles:

18

15

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

 

Career statistics of famous tennis player Boris Becker:

Career statistics of famous tennis player Stefan Edberg:

 

 

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous and legendary male tennis player, Mats Wilander is a Swedish tennis player born on August 22, 1964. His exemplary and impeccable game play helped him endeavor the World No. 1 rank. From 1982-1988, Mats Wilander with his top-notch performances won seven Grand Slam singles titles and one men’s double Grand Slam title. In year 1988, Mats Wilander won three of the four Grand Slams and ranked World No. 1.Although Mats never won the Wimbledon singles title, but he did win the Australian Open title twice when it was still being played on the grass court. For this reason, Mats Wilander is one of the five men (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors) who won the singles titles on hard courts, grass courts and clay courts. Rafael Nadal and Mats Wilendar are the only two tennis players to have won at least 2 Grand Slam singles’ titles on each of 3 surfaces. Windler won his fourth tennis Grand Slam singles title at the age of 20 which made him the youngest tennis player to achieve this milestone in the history of tennis. Some other career highlights and records of best Swedish male tennis player, Mats Wilander are:

1)      Major titles won by Mats Wilander are:

  1. Australian Singles titles: 1983, 1984, 1988
  2. French Singles titles: 1982, 1985, 1988
  3. US Singles titles: 1988
  4. Wimbledon doubles: 1986

2)      Davis Cup, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 with a record 36-14 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.

3)      Singles record in the Grand Slams: Australian (36-7), Wimbledon (25-10), French (47-9) and US (36-11)

4)      Mats Wilnder is the only player to have achieve the World No. 1 rank after winning the most number of Grand Slams.

5)      Mats Wilendar shares the record of appearing in three consecutive Australian Open finals with Ivan Lendl

Youngest men/women champions of the Australian Open title (Singles, doubles and mixed doubles)

Australian open youngest winners

Not everyone enjoys fame and popularity in their earlier years. However, sports have been one of the platforms where many players set records being the youngest champions. The same goes for tennis tournaments where the young tennis players defeated the greatest tennis players and shocked the world. The Australian Open has been a platform for many famous tennis players that made their names prominent in the tennis world. The Australian Open provided opportunities for young talent to set records in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. The youngest male/female tennis champions of the Australian Open title in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events are:

Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open Men’s Singles Title:

  • Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s singles title is Ken Rosewall ( 18 years, two months) in 1953

Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open Women’s Singles Title:

  • Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s singles title is Martine Hingis (16 years, three months) in 1997
Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open Men’s Doubles Title:
  • Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s doubles title is Lew Hoad (18 years, two months) in 1953
Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open Women’s Doubles title
  • Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s doubles title is Mirjana Lucic (15 years, 10 months) in 1998
Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open Mix Doubles title:
  • Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open mix doubles title is Venus Williams (17 years, seven months) in 1998

Legendary Pete Sampras in Wimbledon

Legendary Pete Sampras in Wimbledon

Greatest tennis player Pete Sampras, the legendary king of tennis, with his 14 Grand Slam titles, has been the only player who never showed his emotions or broke into tears with such a grand career. Out of his 14 Grand Slams, Peter claimed 7 titles of Wimbledon, which is the most outstanding record in the history of Wimbledon. He stands alone in this record on Wimbledon and is still cherished for his magnanimous performance.

USA tennis player, Sampras has always felt comfortable and homey in England when it came to tennis and rocked the Wimbledon world with his extravagant records. As soon as he entered the green court of Wimbledon, his spirits used to get a momentum and fired up against the opponent. Sampras owned Wimbledon court and made himself a mentor for everyone to follow. He is the only player who was able to win three consecutive Wimbledon titles twice (1993-1995, 1997-2000). Sampras is the only tennis player who never lost the final of Wimbledon.

In his 13th Grand Slam play at Wimbledon, Sampras showed his hidden emotions when he broke best tennis player Roy Emerson’s record. Pete broke into tears when he played the last point and ran off to his parents and embraced them! What a moment it was for him, his family and the tennis world! No wonder people envy the ones who were able to watch Sampras play in the court.

Sampras along with his dim smile, humble body language, and tremendously controlled emotions has been the ideal and classic sportsman in the tennis world!

Famous male tennis player: Juan Martin Del Potro

Famous male tennis player: Juan Martin Del Potro

Famous male tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro is a professional tennis player from Argentina who is ranked number 26th in world tennis who is currently the highest ranked Argentine player. Del Potro reached his highest ranking of five in April, 2009. He had won his first four titles of his career in four tournaments which is a unique record in the history of world tennis. He has achieved the second longest winning streak after Rafael Nadal to win 23 consecutive matches in five tournaments. Del Potro won his first career Grand Slam title in 2009 at the U.S. Open where he defeated the greatest tennis player Roger Federer, who was also ranked number one then. He became only the second Argentine tennis player and world’s fifth youngest tennis player to achieve a U.S. Open title. But his Wimbledon career is not as good as other Grand Slams as he hasn’t gone past second round there. Year 2010 went unfortunate for Potro due to his right wrist injury which kept him out of action.

Argentinian tennis player Del Potro is an offensive baseline player who has a powerful serve and plays flat and fast ground strokes. The forehand strokes are his best strength as he can play them at speeds of over 100mph. Another shot played effectively by him is his double handed backhand. Even after being the tallest player (6’6”) in the history of tennis to win a Grand Slam title, he is a great mover on the court. His height gives him an ability to deliver a powered first service and returns of top spin balls.

Famous female tennis player: Victoria Azarenka

Famous female tennis player: Victoria Azarenka

Famous female tennis player, Victoria Azarenka is a Belarusian tennis professional who is currently ranked at number 4 in the WTA rankings. She has won two Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles but has yet to win a Grand Slam title in the singles. She won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title with Max Mirnyi in 2007 and then she won the French Open mixed doubles 2008 with Bob Bryan. Her records in the singles events of Grand Slams are not particularly impressive as she has only managed to reach to the quarter finals of Wimbledon and the French Open and the fourth round of Australian and U.S. Opens. In all, Victoria Azarenka has won 11 tennis single titles while reaching the quarter finals thrice in the Grand Slams.

Victoria Azarenka is considered to be an aggressive baseline player. She is famous for her powered and well timed ground shots. The best shot played by her is the back hand which is considered to be one of the best in current women’s tennis. A forehand shot is considered to be her minor weakness which sometimes leads her to unforced errors which has improved in the recent times. But, her biggest weakness is her service because she struggles to earn cheap points and win close matches. But, with her improvements, she can surely go up to the top rankings with her performance.

Famous female tennis player: Serena Williams

Famous female tennis player: Serena Williams

One of two Williams’ sisters, famous female tennis player Serena Williams, was born in America in 1981. She is the former world no.1 in tennis rankings for women and currently has gone down on the rankings due to her disappearance from tennis. She has a total career tally of 27 Grand Slam titles including 13 singles titles, 12 double titles and 2 mixed doubles. She is the most recent player to have won all the four Grand Slam titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so. She is also the first woman along with her sister Venus to hold all the four Grand Slam doubles titles simultaneously. 

USA tennis player Serena Williams has been the world no.1 on five different occasions. She also has a couple of Olympic Gold medals to her tally which makes her one of the most accomplished tennis players in world tennis today. She is the greatest tennis player in the world, male or female, to have won the four Grand Slams and the 5th player in tennis history to do so. She is the highest earner in terms of career prize money in any sport among females. Tennis Magazine has ranked her as the 17th best tennis player ever to have played in the last 40 years from 1965-2005.

William is a baseline player with a game plan of taking over the rallies immediately with her consistent serve, serve return and forceful ground strokes with powerful backhand and forehand swings. Her serve is considered to be one of the best serves in women tennis world.