View Full Version : Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

03-02-2009, 02:33 AM
Whilst on the BBC tennis boards, I was reminded about a match from 1994 that has to go down as one the worst capitulations in tennis history.

Picture the scene. Jeremy Bates, journeyman pro and top 100 regular is playing his opening DC rubber on grass against a 17 year old Romanian ranked in the 700s. Bates quickly gets into the groove, bagels the youngster in the 1st set, takes the second 6-3 and soon finds himself with 3mp after romping to a 5-1 lead in the third set. All three mp are missed and before you know the young Romanian has stormed back to take the set on a tiebreak. He goes on to take the next two sets 6-2 6-2.

Losing to a 17 year old ranked 600 places below you from 2 sets and 5-1 in the third with 3 mps is going to take some beating. Anyone got any other examples?

03-02-2009, 03:08 AM
i found this on merriam webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈchōk\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): choked; chok·ing
Etymology: Middle English, alteration of achoken, from Old English ācēocian, from ā-, perfective prefix + cēoce, cēace jaw, cheek — more at abide, cheek
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1: to check or block normal breathing of by compressing or obstructing the trachea or by poisoning or adulterating available air
2 a: to check or hinder the growth, development, or activity of <the flowers were choked by the weeds> b: to obstruct by filling up or clogging <leaves choked the drain> c: to fill completely : jam <roads choked with traffic>
3: to enrich the fuel mixture of (a motor) by partially shutting off the air intake of the carburetor
4: to grip (as a baseball bat) some distance from the end of the handle —usually used with up
intransitive verb
1: to become choked in breathing <he choked on a bone>
2 a: to become obstructed or checked b: to become or feel constricted in the throat (as from strong emotion) —usually used with up<choked up and couldn't finish the speech>
3: to shorten one's grip especially on the handle of a bat —usually used with up
4: to lose one's composure and fail to perform effectively in a critical situation <had a chance to win the game but he choked>
5: to play tennis like Jeremy Bates, Guillermo Canas...

03-02-2009, 03:50 AM
1999 Davis Cup - Venezuela vs Argentina
Guillermo Caņas (70) was leading Maurice Ruah (171) 6-3 6-3 5-0 and ended up losing 3-6 3-6 7-6 6-3 6-3. That was tough.

03-02-2009, 09:24 AM
in a major i can remember todd martin leading 5-1 in fifth set wimbledon SF in 96and losing to washington

Pernfors leading by 2 sets and 4-1 agaisnt jimmy connors and losing