When we look back upon the 2014 Grand Slams of tennis, it will be remembered for many a record-breaking performance, as well as a grand slate of tremendous matches. Upsets became the norm at several major tournaments while key megastars still had their moments of glory. Here are the 5 Grand Slam moments of 2014:
5. CiCi Bellis Wins A US Open Match At Age 15 – It’s one thing for a 15-year-old to win a junior tournament and earn a wildcard spot at the US Open, but it’s an entirely different feat to then progress through that first round by defeating Dominika Cibulkova, the 13th ranked woman in the world! C.C. Bellis did just that and won the hearts of fans all over with her exuberant personality and childlike glee, not to mention her very promising talent!
4. Novak Djokovic Outlasts Roger Federer In Wimbledon Final – There’s nothing like seeing two of the heavyweights of our generation going head to head for tennis’ greatest prize. In the longest match between the rivals, Djokovic just managed to pull away at the end and claim the Wimbledon title in an epic match. He celebrated with a massive group hug from his buds:
3. Rafael Nadal’s Record-Breaking French Open Win – While there’s nothing particularly surprising about Nadal winning another French Open, the records he broke with this win are awe-inspiring. Nadal is now the only man to win a Grand Slam in 10 straight years, and he also surpassed Max Decugis’ record of 8 French Open titles. Nadal now has 9! Considering his injury problems, this win was probably the most satisfying of them all:
2. Stanislas Wawrinka Overthrows The “Big Four” With Australian Open Title – Either Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, or Andy Murray had won the last 16 Men’s Grand Slam titles (and 34 of the last 35) until Wawrinka took down Nadal to claim the first major title of his career. The victory has established a new, more open field in men’s tennis that figures to continue. This moment could go down as the single event that ended the “Big Four’s” impressive Grand Slam run.
1. Serena Williams Claims US Open Title Without Dropping A Single Set – One area in which dominance looks set to continue is with the world’s top woman still reigning strong at age 32 (now 33). Williams powered her way to a US Open title and didn’t drop a single set along the way! At her age that is quite remarkable. Serena is now just 4 Grand Slam titles away from Steffi Graf’s all-time record of 22. The way Williams is playing she might just reach that mark next year!
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