Best "Lucky Losers" list

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  1. WARPWOODIE

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    Just for fun....lets list them, with David Goffin to start.

    Who were the rest (male or female), when/what year, how far did they go in the main draw of any grand slam event?
     
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    2012 French Open - David Goffin
    R128: David Goffin def. Radek Stepanek (6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2)
    R64: David Goffin def. Arnaud Clement (3-6, 7-6, 0-6, 6-2, 6-1)
    R32: David Goffin def. Lukasz Kubot (7-6, 7-5, 6-1)
    R16: Roger Federer def. David Goffin (5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4)

    1995 Wimbledon - Dick Norman
    R128: Dick Norman def. Pat Cash (7-6 ret.)
    R64: Dick Norman def. Stefan Edberg (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
    R32: Dick Norman def. Todd Woodbridge (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3)
    R16: Boris Becker def. Dick Norman (7-6, 6-3, 6-4)

    2002 Wimbledon - George Bastl
    R128: George Bastl def. Denis Golovanov (6-4, 6-2, 7-6)
    R64: George Bastl def. Pete Sampras (6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4)
    R32: David Nalbandian def. George Bastl (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)
     
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  3. Moose Malloy

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    1985 French Open
    Emilio Sanchez, 3rd Round

    1991 Australian Open
    Glenn Layendecker, 3rd round

    I read this, but wikipedia doesn't have any LL's listed in the '78 draw?

     
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  4. vive le beau jeu !

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  5. Gizo

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    The furthest that a lucky loser has progressed at the US Open was Verdasco reaching the 3rd round in 2003.

    He lost to Jeff Salzenstein in the final qualifying round. In the main draw he beat Robredo and Sanguinetti before losing Srichaphan.
     
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    For the women, the Argentine Maria Jose Gaidano reached the 4th round of the US Open in 1993. Her run was ended by Zvereva.

    At Roland Garros in 2006, the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens lost to Virginie Pichet in their final round qualifying match. However amusingly they were drawn to face each other in the 1st round of the main draw. Flipkens took advantage of her lucky loser entry to gain instant revenge. That must have been annoying for Pichet.
     
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    The Aussie John McCurdy reached the 4th round at Wimbledon in 1983. He lost his final round qualifying match 11-9 in the 5th set,
    but won 3 matches in the main draw, beating Adriano Panatta's younger brother Claudio in the 2nd round. His was was ended by Mayotte.

    Quite a few players have reached the 3rd round or better as a lucky loser at Wimbledon:
    1983 - John McCurdy - 4th round
    1991 - Andrei Olhovskiy - 3rd round
    1991 - Martin Laurendeau - 3rd round
    1992 - Grant Stafford - 3rd round
    1995 - Dick Norman - 4th round
    2001 - Wayne Black - 3rd round
    2002 - George Bastl - 3rd round
    2002 - Jeff Morrison - 3rd round
    2003 - Victor Hanescu - 3rd round
    2005 - Justin Gimelstob - 3rd round
     
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  9. Gizo

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    And a couple of more recent ones. Flavio Cipolla lost to Rui Machado in 2008 US Open qualifying, before reaching the 3rd round and leading Wawrinka by 2 sets to love before Stan fought back.

    And at the 2009 Australian Open, Delic lost to Mayer in qualifying. In the main draw he beat both Dent and PHM in 5 sets before losing a hard fought 3rd round match against the defending champion Djokovic.
     
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  10. Moose Malloy

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    so these are the only LL to make 4th round of majors

    2012 French Open - David Goffin
    1995 Wimbledon - Dick Norman
    1983 Wimbledon - John McCurdy
    1978 French Open - Stanislav Birner
     
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  11. jokinla

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    This one is the one, beats two former champions and a doubles legend, then loses to a former champion, awesome run.
     
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  12. TennisLovaLova

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    Do you know any lucky loser who became a tennis top 10? top 20? open era
     
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  13. vive le beau jeu !

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    well, i guess several former top 10 players have entered some draws as a lucky loser early in their career, but you probably meant "lucky loser who had a good run", right ?
     
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    didnt Stahkovsky win a 250 after "lucky losing", St Petersburg or something!!!
     
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  15. TennisLovaLova

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    yes of course
    excuse my english
     
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    Yes he won the Zagreb title as a lucky loser in 2008.

    The players that have won titles as a lucky loser:
    Heinz Gunthardt (Springfield 1978 )
    Bill Scanlon (Maui 1978 )
    Francisco Clavet (Hilversum 1990)
    Christian Miniussi (Sao Paulo 1991)
    Sergiy Stakhovsky (Zagreb 2008 )
    Rajeev Ram (Newport 2009)
     
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  17. vive le beau jeu !

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    you're right ! (of course)

    according to wikipedia, 7 players won tournaments as a "LL" since 1978 (was this LL thing implemented that year ?).
    • Francisco Clavet, 1990, Hilversum
    • Christian Miniussi, 1991, São Paulo
    • Sergiy Stakhovsky, 2008, Zagreb
    • Rajeev Ram, 2009, Newport
    • ... and now the game is to find the 3 remaining ones ! ;)
     
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  18. vive le beau jeu !

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    ^LOL... ok, game over ! :p
    (that was quick !)

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    or maybe not ?!
    is there still one missing ?... ;)
    or wikipedia could be wrong...
     
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  19. Gorecki

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    yeah.. i thought so. but then again, i'm nothing in this thing of tennis near legends like DRII, NADALARSASSI and NADALSLAMaDINGDONG...
     
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    Dick Norman run at 1995 Wimbledon is the most impressive along with this one by stanislav birner ( Roland Garros 1978 ) :

    R128 Mark Edmondson (AUS) N/A W 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    R64 Zeljko Franulovic (CRO) N/A W 7-6, 7-5, 6-2
    R32 Stan Smith (USA) N/A W 7-6, 6-2, 6-4
    R16 Corrado Barazzutti (ITA) N/A L 1-6, 4-6, 1-6
     
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