Greatest upset in a Slam?

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  1. joeri888

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    Please don't come up with stupid things like Federer beating Nadal or vice versa, or 'jokes' that aren't funny. I would like to know seriously what you feel was the biggest upset ever in a Grandslam in the open era?

    The biggest I personally remember was Karlovic d. Hewitt Wimbledon 2003.

    My second question would be whether you'd find Marcos Daniel d. Rafael Nadal the biggest upset in history?

    I think it would be;)
     
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  2. jamesblakefan#1

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    It would be. Becker losing to Peter Doohan in the 2nd round of Wimbledon in 1987. This was when Becker was damn near untouchable on grass. Recent memory may be Muller over Roddick 1st round USO. Huge shock.
     
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    i have to go with JBF1 here for both Becker and Roddick, and probably only add Sampras loss to Krajicek!
     
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    Donald Young's loss to Blake in the 1st round of 2008 US Open!
     
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    loooooool :lol: :lol: LMAO
     
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  6. joeri888

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    Didn't Krajicek always have a positive head2head against Sampras. He also was quite a good player already back then. I don't remember that much of Boris Becker playing, so couldn't tell.
     
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    Are we doing women's in this? If so, the list would be a page long. But mine would be Henin's choke job vs. Bartoli Wimby 07. Just an absolute shocker.
     
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    I didn't mean women, cause there basically is one every slam.
     
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    well, your question makes sense and i can see your point. Richie did have a h2h over Pete, but he is the upset in sampras wimby streak... it would be a colossal record no?

    the h2h is 6-4 against pete...
     
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    ROFL

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    Mark Keil beating Sampras at Queens Club.

    That should never have happened. Losing to Bastl at W was bad too.
     
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    Ivanisevic beating Rafter in Wimbledon 2001 (on paper).
     
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    Jelena Dokic beating #1 Hingis in 1st round of Wimbledon 1999.
    Lory McNeil beating #1 Graf in 1st round of Wimbledon 1994.
     
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    1999 wimbledon, World #1 Martina Hingis lost 6-2, 6-0 in the 1st round to Jelena Dokic, a 16-year-old qualifier ranked 129th.
     
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    Sampras went down to Bastil in one of the earlier rounds at Wimbledon. There has been quite a few upsets over the years on court no 2 at wimbledon also known as the graveyard for seeds.
     
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    Holy cow that is an upset...

    I think the Becker one is huge as well....


    I think Roddick is very one dimensional. I mean sure he's got a lot of guts and heart and determination as well. But really he's a lot closer to a one trick pony then anyone else that's been in the top ten for as long as he has...

    and the thing is, I am a HUGE Roddick fan. Love the guy....but just saying...
     
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    How about a nobody called Roger Federer upsets the 7 time Wimbeldon champion Pete Sampras?
     
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    How about Fed losing to Nalbandian in the 2003 US Open. Vamos!
     
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    That wasn't an upset. Federer was yet to become the dominant figure of later years. He needed to actually win the US Open or at least be a big favorite in order for it to be an upset...
     
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    Roddick def Nadal
    6-0 6-3 6-4

    oh by the way, in 2004 Nadal straight setted world number one Roger on a hard court no less!

    so Andy's bagle stands! jejeje!
     
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    Safin at the Australian Open
     
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  24. The-Champ

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    How about Karlovic defeating the defending champ Hewitt in the first round of Wimbledon 2003?
     
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  25. GameSampras

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    Pete was playing like trash at Wimbeldon that year in 01 at 30 years of age. He went 5 sets with some bum named Cowens prior to playing Fed. If it wasnt Fed, Sampras was going to get beat by someone. Be it Rafter or Goran. That was one of the worst Wimbeldon performances if not thee worst Pete had ever had
     
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    -Tsonga's run at the 08 AO
    -Roddick's loss in the early rounds at the 08 AO
    -Safin defeating Djokovic at the 2008 Wimbledon
    -Gasquet's win over Roddick at the 07 Wimbledon
     
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    How about Tsonga DESTROYING Nadal in straights at the AO?
     
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    I was thinking of this one the entire time,

    What about Sampras losing to Philippoussis in the first round of the 1996 Australian Open?
     
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  29. ChuDat

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    Yup. Actaully his entire run was great, defeating Murray, Gasquet, Youzny, Nadal and the only one to take a set off Djokovic.
     
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  30. ....Ivanovic losing to Coin in the second round of the US Open last year.

    Ivanovic was ranked 1, Coin was ranked 188, I think.
     
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  31. sixone90

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    Federer beating Sampras at Wimbledon?
     
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  32. RCizzle65

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    Third round, but still a big one nonetheless.
     
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    At the time, the Fed one was pretty big, but now that Fed's become well, THE Fed, you can't call that one anymore.

    If Muller had went on to become a top 10 player, no one would have called it an upset in retrospect. Just like no one thinks of the Nadal victory over Fed at RG 05 an upset anymore, though at the time it was.
     
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    FO Gaston vs. Guillermo. Really destroyed Guillermo's career. :(
     
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    Not a slam one, but still, Filippo freaking Volandri beating Fed in Rome 07. How the heck did THAT happen?
     
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  36. rajeshafrica

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    Greatest upset in a slam

    Becker losing to Doohan in the 87 wimbeldon must be the greatest upset of all time.

    Other Honourable Mentions

    Willander beat a host of highly seeded players ( Lendl, Gerulatis, Clerc and Vilas ) to win his first French Open in 82.

    Leyton Hewitt Getting blown out by Ivo Karlovic in the 2003 Wimbeldon 1st round, When he was the defending champion.

    Manuel Santana as a defending champion lost to Charlier Pasarell ( If I am not mistaken. ) in the first round at Wimbeldon 1967.

    A rare occurence of the defending champions losing in the first match of the championships.

    In the ladies section

    Unknown Italian Linda Fernando beat Then World No 1 Monica seles in an early round in the US Open. Nothing has been heard of Linda Fernando before or since. This should take the top position in the ladies section.

    Graff losing to Lori Mcneil in the opening round of Wimbeldon. ( I am not able to recall the year.)

    Sometime in the early sixties a then unknown Billi Jean King in her first appearence at Wimbeldon beat the defending champion Margret Court in the second round. Which was an huge upset in those days as it was practically unheard of a player of Courts stature to lose in the early rounds.


    Would be happy if others are also able to add to the list.
     
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  37. RCizzle65

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    Just because Federer grew up to be a great player doesn't mean he was a dominant force at the time, so it is an upset. Same with the Nadal one, just because he turned out to be one of the greatest if not the greatest clay court player ever doesn't mean it wasn't an upset back then, but I wouldn't call it a big upset, as I believe that was Fed's first RG semi, and Nadal had big wins behind him on clay, and a winning record against Federer
     
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  38. jamesblakefan#1

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    He was still a former Wimbledon junior's champ, it's not like he came out of nowhere, he was top 20 at the time. While it was huge, it wouldn't qualify for a goat upset.
     
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  39. IvanAndreevich

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    I watched it. Volandri played insanely well, hitting tons of winners. Fed played pretty poorly, not hitting many winners and making errors. I think Fed may have been surprised.
     
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    To me thats it. Not only because I like Safin (I really wasn't much of a fan then) but only because it was so unexpected. Here he had been having physical problems for a couple of years and then he roars back and beats everybody. Oddly enough, he played young Djokovic in R1. Djokovic was then ranked #188 and lost 0-6, 2-6, and 1-6.
     
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    Navratilova losing in the 3rd round of the French Open to unseeded Kathy Horvath, her only loss of all of 1983.

    Navratilova losing in the semis of the 1984 Australian Open to 9th seeded 17 year old Helena Sukova. Only her 2nd loss of all of 1984, breaking her record 74 match win streak, and most importantly denying her the coveted grand slam that she never managed.
     
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