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    In 2004, Gaudio won the FO beating Coria.
    He was bageled in the first, and was down 0-2, then came back to win.

    0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6

    Bagels were also served hot to Alex Coretja and JC Ferrero in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
     
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    Spain has 10 FO titles to Sweden's 9.
    Let's see if it gets tied this year !!!
     
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    Brian Gottfried was served TWO bagels in the 1977 FO final by Vilas.

    6-0, 6-3, 6-0

    In the 1982 final, Wilander returned one bagel to Vilas.

    1-6, 7-6(6), 6-0, 6-4

    Borg served him a couple of breadsticks in the 1978 Final too.

    6-1, 6-1, 6-3
     
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    im having a bagel for breakfast tomorrow...no seriously...im playing my gf and she always kicks my ass
     
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    *note to self* Never kiss a cow in its mouth. Not even a gift one.

    Camels come from North America.
     
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    The years 73 and 74 saw bagels being dished out in the finals by Nastase and Borg.

    Borg came back from a 2 set deficit and served a bagel and 2 breadsticks to the famished Manuel Orantes.

    2-6, 6-7(1), 6-0, 6-1, 6-1
     
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    The trouble with bagels...

    I often have a poppy seed bagel with lox, cream cheese, cucumbers, onions, and capers for lunch. The problem is that the hard bagel needs to be pressed to fit in my mouth, resulting in the ingredients sliding out of the bagel; this really annoys me.

    I prefer smoked salmon with cucumbers, dill, and a little sour cream on a slice of rye bread. This is best eaten with a knife and fork and a side of potatoes. Unfortunately, this is hard to find where I currently live.
     
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    I can never tell when a cow is bored. The cow may be having a great time and just feel like drinking its urine. Conversely, the cow may be really bored and not in the mood for urine. There is no way to tell if they really enjoy looking at my vacation photos.:-?:(
     
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    Armi Kuusela (Miss Finland, 1953) won the first Miss Universe pageant.
     
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    In the 1989 Wimbledon, Stefan Edberg ate a bagel from Boris Becker.
    Becker held five of the six sets at love.

    6-0, 7-6(1), 6-4

    Edberg had setpoints in the second set at 4-5 but lost them, and then lost the set in the tie breaker.
     
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    In the 1971 Wimbledon QF, Ken Rosewall came back from 2 sets down and 1-4 down in the 3rd to win (against Cliff Richey).

    He then got straight setted (perhaps too tired at his age), by John Newcombe who went on to win against Stan Smith.

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    Does anyone know of a comeback from 1-5 in the 3rd set (2 sets down). I have heard of it but can't recall who it was.
     
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    Roger Federer served a fresh bagel to Nadal in the 2006 Wimbledon final.

    6-0, 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3

    Nadal returned it to him in 2008, with some clay smeared on it.

    6-1, 6-3, 6-0
     
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    Pete Sampras fed Goran a bagel in the 1994 WO final.

    Goran won the WO in 2001 beating Pat Rafter. He made it to the 1998 final too, losing to Pete in 5 sets.
     
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    Semifinal of Forest Hills (US Open) 1975. Guillermo Vilas was kicking Manuel Orantes' all over the place. I think there was a 5-0 or a 5-1 score.....at 2 sets to one, iirc. Vilas had it.

    Orantes came back and won it in five sets in the wee hours, Friday night/Saturday morning.

    Then Sunday, Orantes d. Jimmy Connors in the final.

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    All 3 guys: lefty, and good on the clay.
    I believe Vilas was using a HEAD Vilas at the time. Jimmy had that t2000. Orantes weilded the legendary Slazenger Challenge No. 1.
     
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    Bagelled and still won

    Thanks Sir Slice!

    In 1948 WO, Bob Falkenburg of USA ate a bagel and still won the final (against John Bromwich).

    7-5, 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

    Anyone here remember any other case of a player who was bagelled in any round of a slam, and won the title.
     
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    Nice one.

    Re: Forest Hills 1975......I was there for that semi. Young kid staying up late with his parents watching a tennis match, falling asleep in the car on the way home. Later, as a junior and college player, thanks to Orantes, I remember thinking it was perfectly normal to be down 1-5 and win a set 7-5. And I always aspired to earn a Slazenger racquet.

    iirc, it was Jimmy over Borg in the other semi.
     
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    Slice, I was watching these snippets of old matches (the Wimbledon yearly films).

    1. Doesn't Connors' forehand motion look a little odd ? A bit like the elbow is not flexed at all, stiff ? Anyone else have that feeling.

    2. Which of those old one-handed backhands is your favorite? Lendl, Edberg, Becker etc. I mean stable, accurate and good pace, few shanks etc.

    3. Did Martina N usually slice her backhand, don't see any topspin drives/passes ?

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    4. Forest Hills 75 - was that grass ???
     
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    1975 USO Semi

    Orantes was down 2 sets to Vilas.

    4-6
    1-6
    6-2
    7-5 (refer earlier post by slice bh)
    6-4

    Jimmy C beat Borg 7-5, 5, 5

    In the finals, Orantes beat Connors 6-4, 3, 3.
     
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    Aah, you saw the 1975 USO on CLAY!!!
    FIVE SETTERS:

    It seems in 1975, 5 setters were used only from QF onwards. When did USO move to 5 setters for all rounds?
     
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    After much hunting have located this. ...

    1974 Wimbledon SF, Rosewall vs Stan Smith.

    Rosewall won, but was down 2 sets to love. He won the 3rd 9-8.

    Is it possible that Rosewall was down 1-5 in the 3rd.
     
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    Nice observations. My 2 centavos:

    1. Yeah, it was kind of a pendulum swing, requiring great timing, producing a weird slice / sidepin flattish shot. Seemed to really scoot through the court. Players sought to force him into error giving him low FHs. He'd rip some, but often, he'd pop those up, too....or net them.

    2. Lendl's BH pass was amazing on the run. Any McEnroe fan will bemoan that shot.
    Edberg's, I felt was a weapon from anywhere. Becker's BH return was in some ways his most devastating shot (other than his serve). On a good day, I'd be proud to have the BH of Michael Stich. Tha guy had it all, sort of like Federer minus the legendary slam tally.

    3. If Martina was rallying, yes, it was usually a slice BH. She attacked so much, she naturally sliced her BH whether approaching or faking the approach. I've seen her on the practice courts, especially after 1980, and she'd crack some flat ones, some nice topspin dippers, and rip a few passes, too....but that only actually happened in matches when her opponents beat her to the net. Not often.

    4. Forest Hills was grass until 75. 75, 76 and 77, it was on Har-Tru...kind of a gray, green clay. There was actually a clay court summer circuit in the US. Cincinnati was a big one. Boston....all over the east, really, replacing all the great old grass court tournaments leading up to Forest Hills toward the end of summer.


    Useless information ... my memories of Forest Hills---
    The West Side Tennis Club was just the best. I remember wanting to go there even when the US Open was not happening....or on the way home from the Open or a Mets game at Shea post-78.

    The US Open on clay for 3 yrs.... was probably a way to get away from being the second WImbledon? Incorporate a popular surface in the US? Bring in some Latin American interest?

    Well, late seventies....the tennis boom was on. They went to a larger, public venue and it's worked out great.

    But I'll always remember that old gray stadium at the WSTC. The gates/the sections were called portals.

    Years later, I got to play the pre-qualies and qualies at a WCT stop there, on the gray clay, in the late 80s. Also saw Pete Sampras, a kid younger than me who played 'up'. I had thought of him as untouchable in nationals as a junior....he played the main draw well before he was famous. I remember he was in a three setter with Pernfors, but I don't remember who won that match.

    Anyway, great place. Good times. By the way, Forest Hills was where the great Rod Laver completed his GRAND SLAM. And the place where Fred Stolle won a slam as an unseeded player (1966?). Where Nastase had what was pretty close to an actual fistfight on the court during a slam match against Hans Jorgen Pohmann.

    I can still see that brown and yellow striped awning and that huge clubhouse that looked like it was brought over from Europe on a ship.

    Oh, and I remember being about 7 or 8 watching Borg practice with his coach and his fiancee or wife, Mariana. It would be like seeing Federer prepare for a match with Rochey and Mirka or something. I remember how warm it was, but Borg wore a full navy blue and red warm-up suit.
     
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    French Open 2004

    Gaudio beat Coria coming back from a bagel, and saved 2 matchpoints too.

    0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6
     

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