Slam win w/highest degree of difficulty?

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  1. ohplease

    ohplease Professional

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    Inspired by Marcos' current run (two top 5 players so far, three if he goes all the way): who's got bragging rights for the toughest slam victory?

    Agassi's 1994 USO win involved 5 seeds, but Stich's 1991 wimbledon was over three top 5 players, two of whom had met in the final the previous three years running. All three of the dudes he beat are in the hall of fame.

    Any others?

    Pre-emptive strike to all you Roddick and Nalbandian haters: you're not top 5 in the world in ANYTHING, so keep your hateratin' to yo self.
     
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  2. Moose Malloy

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    Yeah, I've been trying to find out how many unseeded players have beaten three top 10 players like Bags had done so far.

    Here are some:
    Unseeded Wilander beat 2(Lendl),3(Vilas),4(Clerc),5(Gerulaitis) to win the French in '82. That's got to be some kind of record.

    Wasn't a slam victory, but still:
    Unseeded Pernfors, '86 French, beats 3(Becker),5(Edberg),8(Leconte), 11(Jaite)
    loses to Lendl in the final.

    Unseeded Guga beat three former champs enroute to the '97 French Title.

    Ivanisevic beat #3(Rafter),4(Safin),6(Henman) to win '01 Wimbledon.
     
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  3. vkartikv

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    Regarding Wilander's record - that seems very strange that #2,3,4 &5 were all in his section of the draw. If one of those was the finalists, it still seems very odd
     
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  4. Moose Malloy

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    2 was slated to play 5 in the quarters, with the winner playing 4 in the semis. 3 was in the other half of the draw & made the final. Not that strange in a random draw.
     
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  5. Thomas Tung

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    Kuerten's run to the RG title in 1997 was incredible, beating the "King of Clay" Thomas Muster in five sets (down 3-0 in the fifth!), grinding it out against defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov in five, and blitzing Sergi Bruguera in 3 for the final. All 3 wins were against RG champions.
     
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  6. Warriorroger

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    Graf RG 99, quarters against number one Davenport, semi against number 3 Seles, Final against number 2 Hinigis.
     
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  7. ohplease

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    That Wilander win is nuts. Thanks for reminding us.
     
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