It’s up there with Bird and Magic, Nicklaus and Palmer, Ali and Frazier. Navratilova and Evert met 80 times on the court, 60 of those in the championship finals. In the early years, which was most of the 1970s, Evert dominated, winning three Grand Slam finals against Navratilova. But the 1980s proved to be the Czech American’s decade. She beat Evert in nine Grand Slam finals even though Evert snatched a couple more majors from Navratilova in the mid- to late-80s. Navratilova leads the rivalry 43-37 all-time, and despite their competitiveness and drastically different upbringings, the two developed a deep friendship over the years away from the game. Read about the 1985 Wimbledon Championships, which Navratilova won over Evert in the finals.
Top 10 Tennis Rivalries
Nothing ignites engrossing one-on-one match-ups quite like championship tennis finals: two players, one title. So with the U.S. Open in full swing, TIME takes a look at some historic (and current) rivalries.
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert
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