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New Daddy
06-12-2007, 06:35 PM
I just wonder who pulled off the greatest come-from-behind win in a grand slam final. Of course, there can be more than one great come-backs.

CyBorg
06-12-2007, 06:48 PM
Borg had a great one against Orantes at the 74 French Open. Down two sets, he lost only two games in the remaining three sets. Orantes was spent.

Orantes had one of the great comebacks in slam history, but it wasn't in a final. It was in the 75 US Open semi, where he was down two sets and then two sets-to-one and 5-love to Vilas. Vilas hurt himself and Orantes went on to win.

Aside from that, Gaudio's FO win in 2004 is huge - probably the most unlikely comeback. We can also point to Lendl's comeback against McEnroe in the 84 FO.

LowProfile
06-12-2007, 06:51 PM
Venus Williams won that thriller at the 2005 Wimbledon final over Davenport.

Sean Dugan
06-12-2007, 07:06 PM
Lendl against Mac in 84 RG Final....Mac was up two sets and a break and lost in five.

Mac says he still has occasional nightmares about that match some 23 years later.

Tennis_Monk
06-12-2007, 07:34 PM
I once left in the middle of the final match for an exam. I rushed so hard to finish my exam and came back in time to watch the reminder of the Match (Wimbledon semifnal between Krajicek and Ivanisevic)

That is the Greatest come back ever..

Wait a minute...you said Grandslam final..Sorry..

lilxjohnyy
06-12-2007, 07:35 PM
uhhh howd u do on the final exam

Chadwixx
06-12-2007, 07:38 PM
Agassi's win over medevedev on paper is pretty good. Agassi lost the first two set 1-2.

Giving up 3 games in two losing sets is hard to beat.

MrCLEAN
06-12-2007, 07:57 PM
Not a GS final, but the greatest come from behind I've ever seen was 1993 French Women's QF's Mary Joe Fernandez against Sabatini. Was down 1-6, 1-5...saved 5 match points, and won 1-6, 7-6, 10-8.

GS final, there may have been some way back when, but I would say a tossup between the Mens '84 and '99 French.

Feņa14
06-12-2007, 08:01 PM
Gaudio against Coria in the 2004 French Open final.

I would also agree with Agassi when he won the French in 1999.

BaseLineBash
06-12-2007, 08:06 PM
Agassi, 1999, French Open. Down 2 sets... looked to be down for the count. rain delay(talk with Gilbert)... Bull through the gates, Advantage Agassi. He didn't even want to go to Rolland Garros that year.

roysid
06-12-2007, 10:22 PM
2004 French Open: Gaudio against Coria
99 French and US Open : Agassi against Medvedev and Todd Martin
84 French Open

But then Coria got some injury in 2004. Mcenroe lost temper in 84. So I think the greatest comeback would be Agassi at '99 French.

gugarafa
06-12-2007, 11:17 PM
venus against davenport-wimby 05

rfprse
06-12-2007, 11:23 PM
Gaudio's comeback win :) ....

Rhino
06-12-2007, 11:27 PM
Yeah for me the two obvious ones are Gaudio and Agassis comebacks at the French.
Also the 1990 Wimbledon final, Edberg winning in the 5th from a break down.
Steffi beating Novotna, I don't know what year it was but Novotna had the match and then crumbled, Steffi came back and won loads of games in a row in the final set, I think it was 1993, I was actually at that match.

lawrence
06-12-2007, 11:35 PM
what about changs french win? i thought that was quite an amazing feat ;o

realplayer
06-12-2007, 11:46 PM
Connors againt Pernfors. Connors was 1-6 1-6 and 1-4 down. The commentator said that Connors was too old and over the hill. Connors proved him wrong.

galain
06-13-2007, 01:05 AM
the best "nearly got there" final was Martina vs Hana at the US Open in '85. Sooo very close, but just not quite.

rod99
06-13-2007, 03:08 AM
agassi/medvedev. you can now close the thread.

FiveO
06-13-2007, 03:18 AM
Hard to believe that no one mentioned the 1984 Men's RG final

Lendl def. McEnroe 3-6 2-6 6-4 7-5 7-5.

for how closely each ended up being ranked #3 and #1 and keeping in mind that 1984 was the year McEnroe went 83-4 in match play still the best winning percentage for a season.

Andres
06-13-2007, 03:59 AM
Hard to believe that no one mentioned the 1984 Men's RG final

Lendl def. McEnroe 3-6 2-6 6-4 7-5 7-5.

for how closely each ended up being ranked #3 and #1 and keeping in mind that 1984 was the year McEnroe went 83-4 in match play still the best winning percentage for a season.
:confused:

Two people mentioned it before your post ;)

FiveO
06-13-2007, 04:14 AM
:confused:

Two people mentioned it before your post ;)

Geez, I missed not one but two posts. I guess I needed that second cup of coffee this morning after all.


Sorry guys.

Andres
06-13-2007, 05:09 AM
Geez, I missed not one but two posts. I guess I needed that second cup of coffee this morning after all.


Sorry guys.
You should be ashamed of yourself!!!!! You deserve the very same death!! :D :twisted:

FiveO
06-13-2007, 05:12 AM
You should be ashamed of yourself!!!!! You deserve the very same death!! :D :twisted:

Yeah, you're right....strict....but right.;)

diegaa
06-13-2007, 07:11 AM
gaudio in FO 04. unthinkable.

krosero
06-13-2007, 08:12 AM
Some of the best comebacks are the unsuccessful ones -- like Borg almost winning the 1980 USO from two sets down in the final.

Here's a list of five-set Slam finals:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=132716

Moose Malloy
06-13-2007, 12:29 PM
Also the 1990 Wimbledon final, Edberg winning in the 5th from a break down.


as far as degree of difficulty goes, this should be up there. he didn't come back from 2 sets to love or anything, but the odds of anyone coming back from a break down vs Becker(in any set, any round basically) on fast grass aren't good. that it was in the 5th set of wimbledon is amazing.

what about changs french win? i thought that was quite an amazing feat ;o


Yeah, I was just watching the final again, Chang had no business winning this one. Edberg was 6-25 on break points! He was up 2-1 in sets & a break in the 4th. I think he failed to convert 13 straight bps at one point in that set.
And Edberg was winning his service games so easy, when he got broke it was out of nowhere.

I think he choked in this one more than Mac did in his fo final(lendl was playing at a much higher level than chang & mac didnt have nearly as many chances as edberg)

Chadwixx
06-13-2007, 12:39 PM
Martin vs washington, wimbledon

rod99
06-13-2007, 01:47 PM
Martin vs washington, wimbledon

wasn't a final

oscar_2424
06-13-2007, 02:17 PM
I just wonder who pulled off the greatest come-from-behind win in a grand slam final. Of course, there can be more than one great come-backs.

gaudio against coria in roland garros.

TheTruth
06-14-2007, 07:19 AM
Gaudio d. Coria. That was unbelievable!