I can't believe there's no thread for the Gentleman's game! Though Indian representation has always been limited in the single's, the tournament per, se is so worth watching. I much prefer the ladies' matches now (no, nothing to do with Sharapova) - just that the long rallies in the men's are so few now.
I used to love the antics of John McEnroe. The fights that he used to have with the chair umpires.
I loved Boris Becker and always wanted him to win. He was always at his best in Wimbledon from 1985-1991 except in 1987 where he was knocked off in the first round I think. He won in 85 defeated Kevin Curren, won in 86 defeated Ivan Lendl, lost to Edberg in 88 and 90, won in 89 defeated Edberg and lost to Stich in 91. His second serve was almost an ace in crunch situations after he had faulted his first serve.
Currently the crowd favorite is Djokovic. Gestures like the one below make him the favorite of the viewers.
I'll look up Pancho Gonzales (he played before I was born!).
I always favored Edberg during the Becker - Edberg days. My all time favorite (men's) though is Pete Sampras. I love the way he'd serve - his profile like a graceful dragon rising up and then swooping down, throwing a fireball upon the enemy - razing him to ashes. (bwahahahha).
In the (now nearly yesteryears) lineup, it's Roger Federer.
For me there has never been a rivalry quite like Borg vs. McEnroe and Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert. Federer vs. Nadal comes second. But the game is so very different now. Much more power and less gamesmanship at the nets.
Connors was everyone's favourite but was such a temperamental player - sometimes deadly and lethal, sometimes very flakey. But he was the perfect flamboyant foil to the Borg-McEnroe stoic-petulant rivalry.