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Augustus
11-12-2009, 01:29 PM
The 2009 season is almost over, so it's time to look back.

What was the biggest choke of 2009? I'd like to get some ideas from you first, I'll make a poll later on.

Mustard
11-12-2009, 01:30 PM
Roddick in the second set tiebreak of the Wimbledon final.

GustafsonFanatic
11-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Wait until Verdasco ends up in Nadal's half in London.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
11-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Roddick in Wimby 2nd set tiebreak
Federer 5-1 up 3rd set Montreal vs Tsonga
Almagro and Chokebredo Paris Bercy vs Nadal

TheMagicianOfPrecision
11-12-2009, 01:32 PM
Wait until Verdasco ends up in Nadal's half in London.

No need to even play that match, just give Nadal the win. Pathetic pomada-spaniards!!! Grow some balls!

Anaconda
11-12-2009, 01:48 PM
Roddick can be let off. Consider what wimbledon meant for Roddick and who he was up against. It would have been a horrible choke if he lost sets 3&4 6-1 6-1 but he didn't.

Cyan
11-12-2009, 01:49 PM
Roddick in the second set TB in the Wimbledon final. It was too sad.

zagor
11-12-2009, 01:51 PM
Roddick in the second set TB in the Wimbledon final. It was too sad.

It would be true if he had MPs but he didn't,players against Nadal had up to 5 MPs but still couldn't win.Bigger choke if you have MPs than SPs,no?

Anaconda
11-12-2009, 01:52 PM
It was definately awful to watch, the volley at 6-5. Roddick must have been heartbroken, he might not get another chance at wimbledon again.

Cyan
11-12-2009, 01:52 PM
It would be true if he had MPs but he didn't,players against Nadal had up to 5 MPs but still couldn't win.Bigger choke if you have MPs than SPs,no?

You cant compare choking at tuneups... to choking at the final of the most important slam. No way..:shock: Roddick is still mentally destroyed from that. Bet he withdraws from WTF...

flyinghippos101
11-12-2009, 01:52 PM
I don't know, Almagro up 40-0 serving for the match and finding some way to screw it up, that was pretty bad.

viduka0101
11-12-2009, 01:53 PM
roddick in wimby, definitely
his hands were shaky, he droped the ball before one serve
i remember becker was commenting on the final and when he saw him he said oh my god
that has to be the biggest choke of the year

BigServer1
11-12-2009, 01:53 PM
Federer serving for the second set (and a 2-0 set lead) at 5-4 30-0 against DelPo in the US Open final.

To have that lead, in that match against a guy that had never been to a slam final, that was the biggest choke of the year to me.

4-4 0-40 Nadal serving in the 3rd set AO final is a close second to me, and it was really what made the difference between prime Federer and this new, mentally fragile, proceed with caution Federer.

Mustard
11-12-2009, 01:56 PM
It would be true if he had MPs but he didn't,players against Nadal had up to 5 MPs but still couldn't win.Bigger choke if you have MPs than SPs,no?

True, but it was a decisive moment IMO. Had Roddick won that second set, he would have been more likely to win the match considering the way he was playing and the psychological advantage he would have taken from a 2 set lead.

Cyan
11-12-2009, 01:56 PM
I don't know, Almagro up 40-0 serving for the match and finding some way to screw it up, that was pretty bad.

Still, it's just a MS.. and one of the least prestigious to boot.. It's not like it was at Rome or Miami... Wimbledon, that's every players dream to win....

Anaconda
11-12-2009, 01:57 PM
Haas delivered his usual choke against Roddick and failed to put him away on clay.

zagor
11-12-2009, 01:58 PM
True, but it was a decisive moment IMO. Had Roddick won that second set, he would have been more likely to win the match considering the way he was playing and the psychological advantage he would have taken from a 2 set lead.

Maybe but Fed recently came back from 0-2 down 2-3 times recently so it wouldn't have been a done deal(heck he almost came back from 0-2 against Nadal at Wimbledon last year) while with MPs if you convert-the match is simply over,no ifs an buts.

Anaconda
11-12-2009, 01:58 PM
Nalbandian found a way to lose after having 7 match points against Nadal in indian wells......


EPIC FAIL!!!!!

viduka0101
11-12-2009, 01:59 PM
i almost forgot
haas at RG was just sickening to watch
he simply disappeared in the last two sets, what the hell happened there:-?

Anaconda
11-12-2009, 02:00 PM
Maybe but Fed recently came back from 0-2 down 2-3 times recently so it wouldn't have been a done deal(heck he almost came back from 0-2 against Nadal at Wimbledon last year) while with MPs if you convert-the match is simply over,no ifs an buts.

Seeing as Roddick won the 4th i would say that Roddick would win. But then again it's a completely different scenario so you could be right.

P_Agony
11-12-2009, 02:02 PM
I still say Nalbandian. It was a mega choke.

Cyan
11-12-2009, 02:04 PM
i almost forgot
haas at RG was just sickening to watch
he simply disappeared in the last two sets, what the hell happened there:-?

Agreed.


Choking at slams > Choking at tuneups

zagor
11-12-2009, 02:04 PM
Still, it's just a MS.. and one of the least prestigious to boot.. It's not like it was at Rome or Miami... Wimbledon, that's every players dream to win....

A choke is a choke,Roddick never had MPs,Almagro and Nalbandian had 10 amongst them.Heck Roddick never even served for the match.

Cyan
11-12-2009, 02:05 PM
A choke is a choke,Roddick never had MPs,Almagro and Nalbandian had 10 amongst them.Heck Roddick never even served for the match.

Wimbledon >>>>>> Bercy or IW

zagor
11-12-2009, 02:07 PM
Wimbledon >>>>>> Bercy or IW

MPs>>>>>>>>SPs.

Anaconda
11-12-2009, 02:12 PM
I still say Nalbandian. It was a mega choke.

Nalbandian always chokes. Even when he wins he always gets broken serving out for matches. Maybe he plays his worst tennis at the worst possible times - instead of glitching upstairs.

Serendipitous
11-12-2009, 02:18 PM
MPs>>>>>>>>SPs.

gj011>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> :)

clayman2000
11-12-2009, 02:19 PM
How can the answer not be Fed in Canada. He sqandered 2 chances to serve for a match, 4 games in total where he could clinch the match.

With Roddick, Federer hit 1 great shot, 2 good serves and Roddick had 1 point choke, on a tough volley

Blinkism
11-12-2009, 02:20 PM
Roddick's choke cost him a 2 set lead and a real chance to win Wimbledon and be immortalized as a Wimbledon champion

Almagro lost the chance to go to the 3rd round of Paris and Nalbandian lost a chance to go to the Quarterfinals of Indian Wells

Roddick wins based on importance of choke.

clayman2000
11-12-2009, 02:40 PM
Roddick's choke cost him a 2 set lead and a real chance to win Wimbledon and be immortalized as a Wimbledon champion

Almagro lost the chance to go to the 3rd round of Paris and Nalbandian lost a chance to go to the Quarterfinals of Indian Wells

Roddick wins based on importance of choke.

1 point is a choke? Espesially when 90 % of the tour would have screwed up that volley as well.

The only other choke was the slice when Roddick was serving at 6-2. He hit an agressive FH, Fed got it back softly, and Roddick sliced it right back to Fed. But even that could have just been misexecuted strategy

akv89
11-12-2009, 02:41 PM
Almagro based purely on the quality and artistry of the choke, and not the importance of the choke. It was some of the finest choking I had ever seen.

zagor
11-12-2009, 02:42 PM
gj011>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> :)

Nadal_Freak>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>gj011>>>>>>>>>>>>>>zagor

SourStraws
11-12-2009, 02:43 PM
Roddick...That loss will def affect his legacy if he doesnt win any more majors

S.S.

NotSoSuper
11-12-2009, 02:46 PM
Gonzo vs soderling FO?

prattle128
11-12-2009, 03:39 PM
I don't know, Almagro up 40-0 serving for the match and finding some way to screw it up, that was pretty bad.

Yeah that was a rather nasty loss. He could've just tried 6 times in a row to get a service winner/ace, and snag the win, but he couldn't (obviously getting the service winner against Nadal is easier said than done, but still.. I think he could have managed it).

Matt H.
11-12-2009, 03:50 PM
that high back hand volley into the open court will haunt Roddick to the grave.

Roddick without a doubt.

Blinkism
11-12-2009, 03:56 PM
Gonzo just choked 7 (was it more) matchpoints against Del Potro and then retired after losing a second set tiebreaker.

zagor
11-12-2009, 03:58 PM
Gonzo just choked 7 (was it more) matchpoints against Del Potro and then retired after losing a second set tiebreaker.

I think it was 8 actually.

Outbeyond
11-12-2009, 04:23 PM
Roddick's choke cost him a 2 set lead and a real chance to win Wimbledon and be immortalized as a Wimbledon champion

Almagro lost the chance to go to the 3rd round of Paris and Nalbandian lost a chance to go to the Quarterfinals of Indian Wells

Roddick wins based on importance of choke.

I like your pithy summation.

Outbeyond
11-12-2009, 04:25 PM
Almagro based purely on the quality and artistry of the choke, and not the importance of the choke. It was some of the finest choking I had ever seen.

Your summation has character...

Edstringer13
11-12-2009, 04:26 PM
Did you forget about this one?Fed was playing better than anybody else,smoking everybody,and then?Comes Nadal and there goes another Slam away.

GustafsonFanatic
11-12-2009, 04:47 PM
I still say Nalbandian. It was a mega choke.

Nalbandian always chokes. Even when he wins he always gets broken serving out for matches. Maybe he plays his worst tennis at the worst possible times - instead of glitching upstairs.

Nalbandian found a way to lose after having 7 match points against Nadal in indian wells......

Nalbandian didn't choke. He didn't make any UEs. Nadal saved all 5 MPs fair and square.

welcome2petrkordaland
11-12-2009, 07:15 PM
like Edstringer says, what about Federer vs. Nadal '09 Aussie Open Final? Fed's 5th set performance was absolutely choketastic. He just disappeared.

Messarger
11-12-2009, 07:22 PM
How about Federer vs Berdych at the AO? The bird man was 2 sets up but then he suddenly went into high school mode. Let's not talk about how many set points, break points he didnt convert. It's the kind of sitters that he was missing that makes me cringe. Go youtube it or something and you'll know what i mean.

jefferson
11-12-2009, 07:24 PM
Once he missed that high backhand volley (awkward volley) I knew he was in trouble. He rides so high on his emotions and confidence, too big of a disappointment for Rod to handle!

Tony48
11-12-2009, 07:49 PM
Did anyone mention Berdych at the Australian Open against Federer? Up by 2 sets and then....massively choked.

ETA: Messarger mentioned it

tudwell
11-12-2009, 07:57 PM
I gotta go with Nalbandian. Watching that match... I mean, Nalbandian was destroying Nadal from every part of the court. He was completely bullying him and smacking him around the court. He had multiple match points on Nadal's serve at 5-3 in the second set, but Nadal played well and saved them all and held serve. I knew right then that Nalbandian wouldn't be able to serve it out, and sure enough, he packed it in. While serving for the match. How much bigger a choke can you get? He won one game after missing all those match points. Completely packed it in. Terrible effort from Nalbandian.

matchmaker
11-12-2009, 08:40 PM
How about Federer vs Berdych at the AO? The bird man was 2 sets up but then he suddenly went into high school mode. Let's not talk about how many set points, break points he didnt convert. It's the kind of sitters that he was missing that makes me cringe. Go youtube it or something and you'll know what i mean.

This was indeed an epic choke, he couldn't even put away 2.0 volleys at the end.

darthpwner
11-12-2009, 08:42 PM
Roddick imo. Had he hit that volley for a winner, he would have won wimbledon

Ripster
11-12-2009, 08:57 PM
Easily Nalbandian vs. Nadal, IW. Having watched all the matches I can say that none of the 'chokers' were dominating their opponents as much as Nalbandian was dominating Nadal before his mental breakdown.

Anaconda
11-13-2009, 01:05 AM
Nalbandian didn't choke. He didn't make any UEs. Nadal saved all 5 MPs fair and square.

Rubbish. There is no excuse for failing to take 1/7 match points (indian wells). But i guess because Nadal is soooooo mentally tough he just cannot lose tonutjobs.

mandy01
11-13-2009, 01:08 AM
1 point is a choke? Espesially when 90 % of the tour would have screwed up that volley as well.

The only other choke was the slice when Roddick was serving at 6-2. He hit an agressive FH, Fed got it back softly, and Roddick sliced it right back to Fed. But even that could have just been misexecuted strategy
Does anyone have the second set tie-break video because last time I checked Federer also served extremely clutch to hold on in that set.

MuseFan
11-13-2009, 01:10 AM
It's never a choke against Federer, because he's THAT GOOD. But Nalby's choke in IW was just horrificly bad.

MuseFan
11-13-2009, 01:11 AM
Easily Nalbandian vs. Nadal, IW. Having watched all the matches I can say that none of the 'chokers' were dominating their opponents as much as Nalbandian was dominating Nadal before his mental breakdown.

That was just painful to witness. I mean one minute he was dominating him the WHOLE match, and then suddenly BOOM Nalby was mentally wiped out.

namelessone
11-13-2009, 01:13 AM
Roddick's is a semi-choke because he didn't lose it after that point unlike all the chokers on the list. He fought on and pushed it to a decider and barely lost whereas the other guys in the list went away after their key moments. Federer remembered he had something else to do and let tsonga come back and win,Nalbandian's head checked out after Nadal saved those MP's and Almagro did the artist's choke,by choking twice,once in the second and then in the third.

But first place goes to Nalbandian who was playing a in-form at the time Nadal and was schooling him up until then. Then Nadal held on,saved those MP's and David simply went away mentally.

Telepatic
11-13-2009, 01:18 AM
Nalbandian didnt really choke against Nadal, Nadal played perfect to save all those MPs, take a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW858OWOoNc

Fed didnt choke against Tsonga because Tsonga was fired up and was blasting winners.

But Roddick/Almagro did choke big time..

Roddick was playing perfect through out whole match but that one volley of his in tie break was massive choke really, I was stunned when I saw it.

Almagro was even worse then Roddick, he blew 5MPs and all on his serves and later on blew his lead when he was serving for match and Nadal wasnt playing anything special so I vote for him.

CMM
11-13-2009, 01:21 AM
Nalbandian didnt really choke against Nadal, Nadal played perfect to save all those MPs, take a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW858OWOoNc

Fed didnt choke against Tsonga because Tsonga was fired up and was blasting winners.

But Roddick/Almagro did choke big time..

Roddick was playing perfect through out whole match but that one volley of his in tie break was massive choke really, I was stunned when I saw it.

Almagro was even worse then Roddick, he blew 5MPs and all on his serves and later on blew his lead when he was serving for match and Nadal wasnt playing anything special so I vote for him.

Roddick's choke is 1000000 times worse than Almagro's because that was a Wimbledon final, one that he should have won.:(

Telepatic
11-13-2009, 01:25 AM
Roddick's choke is 1000000 times worse than Almagro's because that was a Wimbledon final, one that he should have won.:(

So so, even if he didnt choke that 1 hit and took lead 2-0, it wasnt guarantee at all that Fed wouldnt comeback, he almost won that match against Nadal at Wimbledon 2008 and plenty of other matches while being 0-2 down. I'm not defending Fed but having 2-0 lead is not same as having MPs or having lead like break or double break in third set.

CMM
11-13-2009, 01:29 AM
So so, even if he didnt choke that 1 hit and took lead 2-0, it wasnt guarantee at all that Fed wouldnt comeback, he almost won that match against Nadal at Wimbledon 2008 and plenty of other matches while being 0-2 down. I'm not defending Fed but having 2-0 lead is not same as having MPs or having lead like break or double break in third set.

I know, but there was a difference between the way played at W2008 and the way he played the last one. I don't think he would have won, but who knows...

Baikalic
11-13-2009, 02:10 AM
i think people are voting for roddick because he had so many set points to lead two sets to one in the biggest stage in tennis. The drama of the occasion magnifies the perception of choking.

Add to the fact that no man in the Open Era has ever come back from 0-2 sets down to win the Wimbledon final, and it makes those set points in the second set tiebreak hurt even more.

FELAND123
11-13-2009, 08:15 AM
Roddick's wonderful backhandvolley:)

welcome2petrkordaland
11-14-2009, 10:18 AM
interesting how noone mentions fed's disappearance in fifth of aussie open final. maybe it's b/c we're all so desensitized from fed's choking against nadal:

rome final '06, dubai final '06, french open final '06, monte carlo final '08, hamburg final '08, aussie open final '09, just to name a few!

THE GOAT? Uh . . . no.

one of the GOATs? Absolutely.

Sorry for the digression; it has to be mentioned.

Roddick missed the bh volley due to tentativeness/hesitation. then again roddick sucks and was playing one of the GOATs.

Nalbandian apparently has an affinity for fatty foods and/or he's not putting in the hard yards. But yes, that was quite a choke.

Almagro should just slit his wrists. That's the worst I've never seen Nadal play; I'm shocked Nadal actually raised his level so much vs. tsonga

edmondsm
11-14-2009, 11:26 AM
Roddick in the second set tiebreak of the Wimbledon final.

This one still burns

Carsomyr
11-14-2009, 11:29 AM
Federer serving for the second set (and a 2-0 set lead) at 5-4 30-0 against DelPo in the US Open final.

To have that lead, in that match against a guy that had never been to a slam final, that was the biggest choke of the year to me.

4-4 0-40 Nadal serving in the 3rd set AO final is a close second to me, and it was really what made the difference between prime Federer and this new, mentally fragile, proceed with caution Federer.

Yep. If he properly serves out the set in both cases (after breaking Nadal at the AO), I think he wins the match.