1 most painful loss for all time greats..

lud

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Only GS Winners!

FEDERER:Australian Open 2009
SAMPRAS:Australian Open 2000
NADAL:Wimbledon 2007
DJOKOVIC:Roland Garross 2013
AGASSI:Us Open 1995
SAFIN:Australian Open 2002
HEWITT: Davis cup Final against Escude 2001
MURRAY:Wimbledon 2012
IVANISEVIC:Wimbledon 1998
RAFTER:Wimbledon 2000
WAWRINKA:Us Open 2013
COURIER:Wimbledon 1993
MCENROE:Roland Garross 1984
LENDL:Wimbledon 1987
BECKER:Wimbledon 1990
KAFELNIKOV: Davis cup final against Sampras 1996
KUERTEN: Davis cup 2nd round against Hewitt 2001
RODDICK:Wimbledon 2009
STICH:Roland Garros 1996
T.JOHANSSON:Wimbledon 2004
DEL POTRO:Roland Garros 2009

Federer is toughest to choice -A.Open 2002,2002,2009 Wimbledon 2008,2014 Us Open 2009,2010,2011 Masters 2002,2005 Rome 2006.
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
Federer's Wimbledon and USO 2011, where he lost to Tsonga and Djokovic respectively after being up two sets to none, were bitter losses. In 2008 Wim final against Rafa, don't think he held match points and was actually down 2 sets to none.
 
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King Fed WW

Guest
Not a great, but Paul-Henri Mathieu's DC loss is pain.


 

Tenez101

Banned
Nadal's most painful loss is probably still either AO 2012 or 2014. W 2007 was painful, but he beat Fed at his peak in an even greater match in the final the next year, so in retrospect it wasn't so bad.

We should add in Edberg's 1989 RG loss to Michael Chang. Very similar to Novak's loss yesterday, as that was Edberg's greatest chance to win RG and complete the career slam.
 

vanioMan

Legend
Nadal's most painful loss is probably still either AO 2012 or 2014. W 2007 was painful, but he beat Fed at his peak in an even greater match in the final the next year, so in retrospect it wasn't so bad.

We should add in Edberg's 1989 RG loss to Michael Chang. Very similar to Novak's loss yesterday, as that was Edberg's greatest chance to win RG and complete the career slam.
Don't think AO 12 was that painful for Nadal. In fact, even he said it's one of the more positive losses for him. And I agree.
 
I would say Wimbledon 1991 was worse for Becker-against a hated opponent he never though was capable of beating him in a slam final.
 

lud

Hall of Fame
Well, Nadal AO 12 is very bitter cause he was so close 4-2 30-15 and easy backhand ,than miss and match was over for Nadal. But Djokovic all match play better should won in 4 so I wouldn't say that was painful.

For Becker in 91 W final,Stich totally owned him 3-0 in sets. Also not so painful. More painful loss would be 1996 masters final and that epic match.

Also Agassi losing'SF 2001 Wim against Rafter was probably worst for him.He had 2-0 15-40 in fifth and easy forehand and somehow miss, than 5-4 serve for the match again not working, than whenwas 6-6 break point for AA 2nd serve Rafter again No. And somehow Rafter wins this match.
 

Arafel

Professional
Borg losing either the 76 US Open on clay to Connors after having multiple set points in the third set breaker, or losing the final in 1980 to McEnroe after rallying from two sets down to force a fifth. Borg had an outstanding record in five set matches, and couldn't convert.

Interesting thing about Borg: in the 78-80 US Opens, he lost to the lefty that he beat in the Wimbledon final, losing to Connors in straights in 78 after beating Connors in straights at Wimbledon, losing to Tanner in four in the quarters in 79 after beating Tanner in five at Wimbledon, and losing to McEnroe in five in 80 after beating McEnroe in five at Wimbledon.
 

sliceroni

Hall of Fame
Federer's loss in the 08 Wimbledon final I thought was more disappointing than the 09 AO final. He was going for his 6th consecutive Wimbledon win. His interview with Johny Mac afterwards was depressing.

Del Potro's loss to Federer in the 12 Olympics was super upsetting to him. Dude cried on Fed's shoulder at the end.
 
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vanioMan

Legend
Not sure if you're being serious vanio? :confused:
Nadal always looka at losses like this. If he managed to try his best and give it all, but still lose, it is not disappointing, because he gave everything he could, but the other guy was just better. That's why he is in peace with himself after such matches, and so am I.

Take a look at AO14 for example. Even Rafa himself said that he has never had such a hard time dealing with a loss and he kept talking about it for months. Whereas after the 2012, he rebounded very quickly and more importantly - learned how to counter Djokovic and gained the belief that he could beat him again. Plus, the RG 13 semi made up for the lost final in Melbourne, as they were mirror matches.
 
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E36BMWM3

Hall of Fame
Not sure if you're being serious vanio? :confused:
Sure he is... Nadal had a terrible H2H against Djokovic all of 2011... lost a number of Masters finals, Wimbledon final AND US Open Final... the matches weren't that close in 2011, Djokovic won convincingly. For him to come back in 2012 and push it that far in the 5th is a positive sign. He started figuring out Djoko 2.0... he ran with that and had a much more favorable H2H against him in 2012. He won their next 3 meetings as a matter of fact: Monte Carlo, Rome and then @ the French
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Nadal always looka at losses like this. If he managed to try his best and give it all, but still lose, it is not disappointing, because he gave everything he could, but the other guy was just better. That's why he is in peace with himself after such matches, and so am I.

Take a look at AO14 for example. Even Rafa himself said that he has never had such a hard time dealing with a loss and he kept talking about it for months. Where as after the 2012, he rebounded very quickly. Plus, the RG 13 semi made up for the lost final in Melbourne, as they were mirror matches.
I find it hard to imagine that he wouldnt have considered it a painful loss seeing as he had a chance to win it in the 5th after being on the court for well over five hours. Not to mention it was a third straight slam final defeat to his nemesis and seventh in total. Don't always believe what players say - Nadal would have been devastated after that match and rightly so.
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
For Fed it's obvious - Wimbledon 2008. A chance to win a record 6th straight with Bjorn Borg in the crowd... That was infinitely tougher than 2009 AO...
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Sure he is... Nadal had a terrible H2H against Djokovic all of 2011... lost a number of Masters finals, Wimbledon final AND US Open Final... the matches weren't that close in 2011, Djokovic won convincingly. For him to come back in 2012 and push it that far in the 5th is a positive sign. He started figuring out Djoko 2.0... he ran with that and had a much more favorable H2H against him in 2012. He won their next 3 meetings as a matter of fact: Monte Carlo, Rome and then @ the French
Nadal had a much more favourable clay H2H in 2012. They didn't meet on any other surfaces that year.
 

Emiliano55

Professional
For Federer his most painful loss was Wimbledon 2008, then AO 09.

And for Rafa, it was AO 14 in the first place, then AO 12.
 

vanioMan

Legend
I find it hard to imagine that he wouldnt have considered it a painful loss seeing as he had a chance to win it in the 5th after being on the court for well over five hours. Not to mention it was a third straight slam final defeat to his nemesis and seventh in total. Don't always believe what players say - Nadal would have been devastated after that match and rightly so.
I don't believe in their words. I believe in their actions. After AO12 he rebounded very quickly and was having a great season. His level on clay was his 2nd or 3rd best ever. Which means he forgot the loss quickly.

And after AO14? See what happened and is still happening after that?

Juat because you take losses so bad and struggle to find positives after them doesn't mean everybody is like that ;)
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Nadal had a much more favourable clay H2H in 2012. They didn't meet on any other surfaces that year.
Does clay not count or something? People obsession with Rafa and clay is strange yet the sames ones would desperately love an RG. They didn't meet again due to Rafa being out injured......We saw what happened in 2013 though...
 

CHIP72

Rookie
I'd guess Jimmy Connors' most painful GS final loss in more ways than one was probably his loss to Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon in 1975.
 

Arafel

Professional
I'd guess Jimmy Connors' most painful GS final loss in more ways than one was probably his loss to Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon in 1975.
Possibly, but you could also look at his five set loss to Borg in the 77 Wimbledon final and his four-set loss to Vilas in 77. Against Borg, Connors was injured (broken thumb), but still took Borg to five; that match was really a turning point in their rivalry, because it gave Borg belief.

The loss to Vilas hurt because Connors, despite his sometimes antagonistic behavior at Forest Hills, considered the US his tournament, and he never acknowledged he'd lost, as the final shot was actually called out by a fan and then the crowd stormed onto the court to carry Vilas around.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
I'd guess Jimmy Connors' most painful GS final loss in more ways than one was probably his loss to Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon in 1975.
I would say 1984 to McEnroe. No way would he like to lose that handily to McEnroe.
 

lud

Hall of Fame
For me painful loss is when you play BETTER then opponent and ending loosing.
For instance, Nadal played better than Federer whole match 2008 Wim fin.But in 2009 AO fin Fed played better 4 sets than somehow lose. Also Roddick played way better in 2009 fin and lose.
So I wouldn't call AO 2014 or RG 2015 painful losses cause Stanimal destroyed booth Nad/Djo.
 

ibbi

Legend
FEDERER: Probably Australian Open 2009, yeah. Tough call though.

SAMPRAS: I'm tempted to say Roland Garros 1996. He had beaten Kafelnikov on Clay in the Davis Cup final the year before.

NADAL: Well, it's something between Madrid 2011, and Australian Open 2012. Tough call. Australia might have been the toughest loss, but he'd have taken great heart from how close he finally got. Maybe Wimbledon 2011.

DJOKOVIC: Roland Garross 2015. Though he has a bunch. The Olympics in 2008 totally crushed him too.

AGASSI: I don't ever remember him seeming more devastated than he did after Wimbledon 1999, so I'll go with that one.

SAFIN: I think maybe Australian Open 2004, having lost the 2002 one already had to have hurt a little more.

HEWITT: I can't imagine it's not the Australian Open in 2005.

MURRAY: Yeah, Wimbledon 2012.

IVANISEVIC: Wimbledon 1998

RAFTER: Australian Open 2001 was pretty heartbreaking, but I'd imagine it'd have to be Wimbledon 2001. No Sampras, the lifetime loser as an opponent, and the whole Australian cricket team sitting there watching.

WAWRINKA: US Open 2013

COURIER: Tough one. I'd think US Open 91 must have been tough, but I'd guess Roland Garros 93 might have been the worst given his standing there.

MCENROE: Roland Garross 1984

LENDL: Yeah, probably Wimbledon 87, though I feel like US Open 84 might be close.

BECKER: I'd narrow it down to 3. Losing in the second round of Wimbledon in 87 must have been hard after his successes there. Wimbledon 1990 must have had a lot of pride on the line given the best 2 out of 3 nature of it, and then I'd throw Wimbledon 95 in there maybe too given how he finally got back to the big match only to come up second best. His Masters losses in 94 and 96 must have been pretty tough too. He has lots :D

KAFELNIKOV: Davis cup final against Sampras 1996

KUERTEN: Davis cup 2nd round against Hewitt 2001

RODDICK: Wimbledon 2009

STICH: Roland Garros 1996. 3 close sets like that. Heartbreaking.

T.JOHANSSON: Wimbledon 2005, I guess.

DEL POTRO: I actually think when the exact same thing happened to him at Roland Garros 2012 it was probably even worse.
 

E36BMWM3

Hall of Fame
Nadal had a much more favourable clay H2H in 2012. They didn't meet on any other surfaces that year.
That doesn't say much really... a win is a win is a win... does a bear crap in the woods?? Thank you.

Oh and what happened in 2013 US hard court swing?? Thanks again!
 

Thetouch

Professional
Without any ranking at all:


SAMPRAS: US Open 2000/2001
NADAL: Wimbledon 2007, AO 2012
DJOKOVIC: Roland Garross 2015

AGASSI: RG 1991 (out of the "young wild" Courier, Chang and Sampras he still wasn´t winning any GS at that point), US Open 1995, Wimbledon 1995 (the way he lost to Becker), US Open 2002 (the end of a big rivalry while losing the 4th time to Sampras in NY)

IVANISEVIC: Wimbledon 1992 (he was the big favorite), 1998
RAFTER: Wimbledon 2001 (his best opportunity ever to win WB)
COURIER: RG 1993
MCENROE: RG 1984, Wimbledon 1982, US Open 1985
LENDL:Wimbledon 1986/1987

BECKER:Wimbledon 1990 (probably one of the few times in his career that he lost focus and got nervous because he was that close to win his 4th title), Wimbledon 1991 (he said that was the only final in his life he really didn´t like to play prior to the game), Wimbledon 1996 (he actually could have won the tournament that year, if it wasn´t for injurying his wrist), RG 1989 (his best chance to reach the final), Wimbledon 1999 (well he got so depressed that he impreganted a strange woman :twisted:)

RODDICK:Wimbledon 2009
STICH:RG 1996, Davis Cup SF loss against Tschesnokov in 1995, he missed 9 Matchpoints and broke down after the match

EDBERG: RG 1989
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Does clay not count or something? People obsession with Rafa and clay is strange yet the sames ones would desperately love an RG. They didn't meet again due to Rafa being out injured......We saw what happened in 2013 though...
After Nadal came back refreshed due to his seven month break you mean? Yep, we sure did.
 

kiki

Banned
Rod Laver losing the 72 WCT championship match 7-6 in the fifth set after squandering a mp against his all time rival, Ken Rosewall.

Ken Rosewall losing the fifth set of the 1970 Wimbledon final to Newcombe.His last real chance to take the title that eluded him.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
Muster's was either the 1990 French Open semi final against Gomez or the 1996 French Open R16 match against Stich. Nadal's was the 2007 Wimbledon final against Federer. Ivanisevic's was the 1998 Wimbledon final against Sampras.
 

Roddick85

Hall of Fame
Tough to pick one for Federer, so many painful loss in the last 6 years. For me it's a toss between USO 10 and USO 11 with a tiny edge to USO 10 because it would of been 7 straight USO final, and we would of finally had a Nadal/Federer USO final.
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
Federer had too many tough ones.
Rome 2006, W2007, AO2009, US10 and US11, W2014.

For me personally, US2011 and W2014 both hurt like a biatch. I think US2011 hurt the most at the moment.
 

vanioMan

Legend
Tough to pick one for Federer, so many painful loss in the last 6 years. For me it's a toss between USO 10 and USO 11 with a tiny edge to USO 10 because it would of been 7 straight USO final, and we would of finally had a Nadal/Federer USO final.
Hmm, for Federer I believe it would be AO 09, USO 09 and USO 11.

But imo Federer is the best at bouncing back from tough losses. Maybe that's why it's harder to point out a single one.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
After Nadal came back refreshed due to his seven month break you mean? Yep, we sure did.
You don't seem to have any idea how rusty Nadal was initially when he came back in 2013. Taking a break after winning Indian Wells set him back too, but he got back near his best at the right time (French Open, the North American hardcourt summer).
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
I think Djokovic's FO loss this year was more painful than the 2013 loss. Winning the match in 2013 wouldn't have given him the title. In terms of FO losses I'd rank them like this (from most painful to least painful):

2015 > 2012 > 2014 > 2013 > 2011
 

kiki

Banned
Vines losing the Wimbledon final to Crawford
Hoad losing the Forest Hills final to Rosewall

That hurt
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
I think Djokovic's FO loss this year was more painful than the 2013 loss. Winning the match in 2013 wouldn't have given him the title. In terms of FO losses I'd rank them like this (from most painful to least painful):

2015 > 2012 > 2014 > 2013 > 2011
I don't think the 2012 loss was that painful really. Nadal was just playing great clay court tennis that year and was simply way too good. Don't get me started on the others though!
 
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Agassi - 1995 US Open.
Sampras - 1998 US Open.
Federer - 2008 Wimbledon.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
For me I think the worst Federer slam loss was probably the USO 2009 vs Del Potro. After that loss I realized he probably wasn't going to win too many more slams.
 

lud

Hall of Fame
For me I think the worst Federer slam loss was probably the USO 2009 vs Del Potro. After that loss I realized he probably wasn't going to win too many more slams.
Hmm, he won next one in Australian Open 2010.:???:
 
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