5-set Slam finals

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by krosero, May 11, 2007.

  1. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    5,639
    Okay, someone in another thread mentioned a drought recently in 5-set Slam finals. I looked back through the Open Era and made this list.

    1968 Ashe-Okker (USO)
    1969
    1970 Newcombe-Rosewall (W)
    1971 Newcombe-Smith (W)
    1972 Smith-Nastase (W), Nastase-Ashe (USO)
    1973 Newcombe-Kodes (USO)
    1974 Borg-Orantes (FO)
    1975
    1976
    1977 Borg-Connors (W), Gerulaitis-Lloyd (AO)
    1978
    1979 Borg-Tanner (W)
    1980 Borg-McEnroe (W), McEnroe-Borg (USO)
    1981 Borg-Lendl (FO)
    1982 Connors-McEnroe (W)
    1983
    1984 Lendl-McEnroe (FO)
    1985
    1986
    1987 Edberg-Cash (AO)
    1988 Wilander-Cash (AO), Wilander-Lendl (USO)
    1989 Chang-Edberg (FO)
    1990 Edberg-Becker (W)
    1991 Courier-Agassi (FO)
    1992 Agassi-Ivanisevic (W)
    1993 Bruguera-Courier (FO)
    1994
    1995
    1996
    1997
    1998 Sampras-Ivanisevic (W)
    1999 Agassi-Medvedev (FO), Agassi-Martin (USO)
    2000
    2001 Ivanisevic-Rafter (W)
    2002
    2003
    2004 Gaudio-Coria (FO)
    2005
    2006
    2007

    In five-set finals:

    Borg is 5-1
    Newcombe is 3-0
    Wilander is 2-0
    Agassi is 3-1
    Edberg is 2-1
    Ashe is 1-1
    Nastase is 1-1
    Smith is 1-1
    Courier is 1-1
    Connors is 1-1
    Lendl is 1-2
    Ivanisevic is 1-2
    McEnroe is 1-3
    Cash is 0-2

    Wilander and Agassi are the only ones to win two in a single calendar year.

    Borg, Lendl, Agassi and Gaudio are the only ones to win from two sets down; they all did it at the French.

    Gaudio is the only winner of the lot to face a match point.
     
    #1
  2. pj80

    pj80 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2007
    Messages:
    491
    nice stat...
     
    #2
  3. ximian

    ximian Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2005
    Messages:
    318
    It makes sense why there is a drought, Federer is simply too dominant. I wouldn't expect a 5 set Slam Final anytime this year, either.
     
    #3
  4. tennishead93

    tennishead93 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2007
    Messages:
    505
    how long did that take to do.
     
    #4
  5. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    5,639
    I don't know, less than an hour.
     
    #5
  6. Gillian

    Gillian Banned

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    60
    Interesting stuff. Thank you.
     
    #6
  7. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    5,639
    We've now had the last two Wimbledon finals, to add to the list.

    So out of 30 Slam finals in the Open Era that have gone five sets, 13 have been at Wimbledon.
     
    #7
  8. westside

    westside Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Messages:
    3,770
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Can't forget last years Wimbledon final
     
    #8
  9. consistency wins

    consistency wins Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Messages:
    512
    I only count 25 going five sets according to your list plus 07 and 08 Wimbledon finals....
     
    #9
  10. consistency wins

    consistency wins Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Messages:
    512
    He/she didn't. Look at the post above yours....
     
    #10
  11. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    5,639
    Including the Nadal-Federer finals, there would be 25 lines (or 25 years) containing such finals. But five of those years had two such finals, so that's 30 finals altogether.
     
    #11
  12. westside

    westside Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Messages:
    3,770
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    LOL my bad :)
     
    #12
  13. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    5,639
    Only ones to go to 6-all in the fifth:

    Borg-McEnroe (1980)
    Wilander-Cash (1988 )
    Ivanisevic-Rafter (2001)
    Coria-Gaudio (2003)
    Nadal-Federer (2008 )
     
    #13
  14. consistency wins

    consistency wins Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Messages:
    512
    Ha! Now it's MY turn to say:

    "My bad..."
     
    #14
  15. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    5,639
    So now we've had three more five-set finals, all in 2009.

    This is the first year in the Open Era that three have been played.
     
    #15
  16. tudwell

    tudwell Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2007
    Messages:
    4,408
    Does that put Federer at 2-3 in five set grand slam finals?
     
    #16
  17. ubermeyer

    ubermeyer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,176
    Location:
    Texas
    Hey, can you update the list so that Federer's 5 setters are up there?
     
    #17
  18. drwood

    drwood Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,512
    Fed's 5 set finals:
    1. Wimbledon 2007 vs Nadal (win) -- was up 2 sets to 1
    2. Wimbledon 2008 vs. Nadal (loss) -- was down 2 sets to 1
    3. Australian 2009 vs. Nadal (loss) -- was down 2 sets to 1
    4. Wimbledon 2009 vs. Roddick (win) -- was up 2 sets to 1
    5. Wimbledon 2009 vs. Del Potro (loss) -- was up to sets to 1
     
    #18
  19. IvanAndreevich

    IvanAndreevich Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,492
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Erm how about was down 2 sets to 0?
     
    #19
  20. drwood

    drwood Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,512
    Good point. Sampras would have just mailed it in and lost in straight sets to an on-fire opponent (i.e. Krajicek 1996 Wimbledon, Safin 2000 US Open, Hewitt 2001 US Open, Philippousis 1996 Australian) but Fed dug in and at least pushed Rafa to 5 sets.
     
    #20
  21. IvanAndreevich

    IvanAndreevich Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,492
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    I would have lost a bit of respect for Fed had he not made the push to come back. As it stands, he still lost but we got a fun match out of it.
     
    #21

Share This Page