The Biggest Chokes in Tennis

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  1. JRAJ1988

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    Any opinions on some of the biggest chokes ever to occur?

    Coria's choke vs Gaudio lives long in the memory, I really thought Coria would win it.
     
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    had to double check the facts but I remember it well- Jana Novotna 1993 Wimbledon Final- 6-7, 6-1, 4-1 up and losing to Graf
     
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  3. Devilito

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    I don't think anybody has blown more big matches than Chokerer
     
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    Murray has been known to choke matches. One was the AO final in 2011, he played spectacular tennis heading into the finals but played 3.5 tennis against Novak.
     
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    What do you mean ? Chokerer (Joker) is known for mental tenacity.
     
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    That occurred in 2008 at the US Open, too. Played fantastic tennis, taking out Nadal in the semifinals, only to lose in straights to Federer.
     
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  7. Devilito

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    Chokerer, Shankerer, ********. You know...
     
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    Anything Almagro really... :)
     
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  9. wy2sl0

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    This wow.

    Also Fed.

    Nadal 09 AO
    Djok 10, 11 USO
    Del Po 09 USO
    Tsonga 11 Wimb
    Nadal FO 11
     
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  10. mike danny

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    what about nadal at the AO in 2012? he could not have asked or an easier shot at the net. djok's against rafa at the french i would not call it a choke. just a childish mistake
     
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  11. Apun94

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    These matches werent chokes at all. Hes he had the upper hand in these matches but that doesnt mean he choked. Please check the definition of choke before blaming every Fed loss on his mental strength. He was beaten by better players...
     
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    Fed's up there for sure. The amount of times he's blown a match after having sometimes multiple MP's is astounding really for someone who's so great, That said, this is partly a product of him being so hard to beat in the first place.
     
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    Almagro vs. Ferrer at this year's Australian Open just has to be up there.
     
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    Mac vs Lendld, french open final.
     
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    Nothing compares to Almagro x Ferrer in Madrid 2012.
     
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    Greg Rusedski against Todd Martin at the 1999 US Open is another. Rusedski served for a straight sets victory, led 4-1 in the fifth set and then lost 20 out of the next 21 points to lose the match.
     
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    Rafa vs. The Banana
     
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  18. rainingaces

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    Recent ones

    Monfils v Robredo French open
    James Ward v Dodig Queens
     
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    I well remember that. Novotna ended up crying on the Dutchess of Kent's shoulder during the trophy presentation.

    I'd also put in Monica Hingis against Graf in the French Open final in 1999, as she was up 2-0 in the second after winning the first. Martina Navratilova losing to Kathy Horvath in 1983 is up there (it was Martina's only loss all year, and she won the second set 6-0).

    I also think Navratilova choked against Tracy Austin in the 1981 US Open final. She won the first set 6-1, but lost the last two in tiebreaks. She biffed a few easy forehand volleys, and double-faulted on match point.

    Gabriela Sabatini lost to Mary Joe Fernandez in the 93 French quarters after being up 6-1, 5-1.
     
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    Half a choke. Monfils on low fuel, when Robredo was faced with MP he started playing like he was Ferrer. Everywhere on the court! Monfils still should've closed I agree, but that Robredo... Like that Henin-Mauresmo Wimb '06. Mauresmo wasn't playing bad by any means that year, but Henin was head and shoulders above in the first set.

    Henin-Bartoli Wimb '07. Yes Bartoli never quits, but yeah, that hurts. EDIT: Or Goran Ivanisevic, any time. Hadn't he got such an huge serve, he would've chocked Wimb '01 on the last service game. He still almost was there with many DFs...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hECNfj5G_s
     
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    Federer vs Monfils Paris 2010.
     
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    ALMAGRO

    2 sets up against Ferrer in the AO, served for the match once in the 3rd and twice in the 4th, gets broken and loses 6-2 in the decider.

    2 sets up against Robredo in the FO, leads 4-1 in the 3rd, blew the lead. Leads 4-2 in the 4th? Blew it. Leads 2-0 in the 5th? Also blew it. Ends up losing 6-4 in the last 3 sets.
     
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  23. rainingaces

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    Total 100% choke job. I saw it coming he was not celebrating much at all when he broke 4th set unusual for Monfils and kept looking at his camp, talking to his dad.

    Then after his huge choke which involved him not being able to serve, playing every bp conservatively, he looked for blame, sulked about a perceived bad call which wasn't and argued with the umpire.

    Robredo was solid enough but he wasn't hitting winners most points or doing much special.
     
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    jana novotna v Steffi 19993 wimby..EPIC CHOKE..as a Steffi fan watching on telly I was delighted but jana got the Wimbledon title her tennis deserved a few years later, (1998??)

    recently jo Tsonga just choked away the whole French semi final..its the longest choke in history ?, at least novotna saved the choke for the last 20 mins..

    also I think McEnroe choked away the 1982 Wimbledon 4th set tie break, mac was 4-3 serving and 3 points from title, mac has Connors stranded at the net..a down the line pass would put him 5-3 up but he slaps it crosscourt to Connors where he prob cant believe it and volleys a winner..

    Guillermo Coria..2004 French open final..2 championship points..oh dear. :confused::shock:
     
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    A bit harsh. Federer came out playing like God that night. It was a typical prime-of-his-life Fed, and definitely the best match he played that year.
     
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    Other chokes that came in my mind...

    Almagro vs Ferrer, this year's Australian Open
    Almagro vs Ferrer, Madrid 2012
    Almagro vs Nadal in Paris (Almagro is the King of Choke, haha).
    Del Potro vs Ferrer, Miami 2012
    Haase vs Nadal, Wimbo 2010
     
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    I think it'd be hard to beat Almagro vs Ferrer at last AO. That was almost a case of chronic choke for the entire 2nd part of the match.
     
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  28. wy2sl0

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    I don't know dude. The 10,11 USO to Djokovic was choking. Had multiple MP's and couldn't convert. The guy hits winners almost at will and started playing pattycake during those points. It was so heartbreaking to see a champion falter like that.
     
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    So you say he had physical problems in your post, but it is an "100% choke"? Seems legit... Hitting winners!=playing good too.
     
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    Because he played with a first class choker in grand slams finals
     
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    Martina Hingis Australian Open 2002 final, she had 4 championship points only to lose 6/2 in the third, the funny part is that I left the match once she had match points, because I wanted Jennifer to win, only to discover then that a new match had begun since
     
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    Roddick choked in that Wimbledon 2009 Final versus Fed.
    Roddick blew an easy put away at the net in the 2nd set tiebreaker to go up 2 sets to none. Bigtime Choke.
     
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    Jamie Morgan choking from being 5-0 up in the final set to lose against Wally Masur at the 1993 US Open should be there somewhere.
     
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    That one was part choke, part wind. The wind caught the ball as he was going to hit it and he pulled it long.
     
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    Fed at the 2011 USO. MAJOR choke there. Probably the biggest one ever
     
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    There's a difference between "should've win" and "choke job" IMO. When you're playing great, get close, your opponent starts GOATing and suddenly plays better than you, you're not well physically and stuff like this, it's "should've win" or "partial choke". Well, not always your fault if your opponent starts mopping the floor with you all of sudden.
    Choke job is when you're up in the game, your opponent doesn't play any good/you're well over him, and you MENTALLY blew it. No physical problems whatsoever, no opponent that comes up with the goods out of nowhere, ect. This is a perfect choke job.
    Almagro/Ferrer was a choke job. Roddick/Federer '09 Wimbledon isn't IMO, since Federer wasn't playing bad by any means on that match. An opportunity you don't seize doesn't mean you're choking on the court.

    /2cents
     
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    Muster d. Becker 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6, 6-0, Monte Carlo 1995 Final.

    Two match points for Becker in the 4th, one of which he squandered with a double fault. After that he disappeared from the match and lost the 5th set 6-0.
     
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    Washington d. Martin 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 10-8, Wimbledon 1996 semifinal.

    This one was tough to swallow because I've always liked Todd Martin and I thought this was one of his best chances to win a Slam. Martin led 5-1 in the fifth and finally lost 10-8 to the never-say-die MaliVai Washington.
     
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    Hahahaaha omg that made my day
     
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    For the record, I'd put Andriy Medvedev and Todd Martin ahead of Marcelo Rios in the category of "best players never to have won a Slam". They were both less pathetic in their respective Slam finals.
     
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    2012 AO when Li Na lost 6 match points (or something) to Clijsters
     
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    So much lol. Fed should have finished Nadal in 3 at the AO final. He was the better player in the first 4 sets, won more points, had more BPs. By the end of the 4th Nadal looked like a beaten man and Fed had all the momentum, and he choked it out. He knew that he did, he knew he gave it away, therefore he also cried.
     
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    Against Djokovic at match point in the S/F right...that was a big crumble right there.
     
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    Fed holds the all time ATP record for most unconverted break point chances
     
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    Thank you. People mentioning any of the top 4 are clearly haters. None of them have choked anywhere close to this..."tennis match"...and if you are looking for a major final, on the men's side, it's Coria sadly. I still miss El Mago
     
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    Novak against Nadal RG2013

    Running into the net and missing about 3 easy overheads in the 5th set. For a player of Nole's calibre that was disgraceful.
     
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    Andrei Medvedev 1999 FO final 61 62 and then Agassi won 64 63 64!
     
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    I was gonna post this. It's the one that sticks out the most to me, though it's not a given that Martin would have beaten Kraijeck.
     
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    Let not forger Almagro Robredo...epic choke!
     
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    I almost forgot.
    Roland-Garros Ladies' singles 1988.
    Steffi Graf d. Natasha Zvereva 6-0, 6-0. Match duration: 34 minutes.
    Shortest slam final ever. I Ctrl+F'd the thread, didn't find it. Get it together people...
     
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