Most disappointing slam performance in recent years?

Most disappointing performance in a slam final?

  • 2008 RG Fed

    Votes: 12 13.5%
  • 2010 AO Murray

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2013 W Djokovic

    Votes: 4 4.5%
  • 2017 RG Thiem

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2019 AO Nadal

    Votes: 8 9.0%
  • 2020 RG Djokovic

    Votes: 26 29.2%
  • 2021 AO Medvedev

    Votes: 23 25.8%
  • 2017 W Cilic

    Votes: 16 18.0%

  • Total voters
    89

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
Pretty much everyone has laid an egg at one point in a slam final. Which match represents the most disappointing in terms of actual level in final versus expectations?
 

jltman

New User
This one by Med was possibly the worst, because Djokovic was playing lower than his usual level today. Med’s B game would have been plenty but he didn’t even find that.
What? Djokovic played fantastic. His serve was great, his returns were great. The tactics were great. He was playing possibly the only player who is better than him at the baseline on hard courts and held his own even when Medvedev had his head. He was the aggressor the entire match and had Medvedev on the run. He was going to wear him down even if Medvedev didnt lose it.
 

PilotPete

Professional
The problem is all laid out in the after match press conferences. Daniil is almost jovial after losing, doesn't show any kind of upset. Sure, he may be mad inside, but when someone is mad enough it usually overflows into their behaviour. Clearly, none of these NextGen guys get upset enough after losses to actually make productive changes to their game.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Pretty much everyone has laid an egg at one point in a slam final. Which match represents the most disappointing in terms of actual level in final versus expectations?
Medvedev said Novak was in the Zone, that's why he got blown out. NOT,, i don't think so, he just played total suck tennis
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
The problem is all laid out in the after match press conferences. Daniil is almost jovial after losing, doesn't show any kind of upset. Sure, he may be mad inside, but when someone is mad enough it usually overflows into their behaviour. Clearly, none of these NextGen guys get upset enough after losses to actually make productive changes to their game.
Kind of sad that he lost a $2M payday because he didn’t understand racquet swing physics enough to know that having less sweat in his wrist band due to 20-deg drop in temperature was the reason his racquet was coming around late. He probably just thinks he had a bad day for no apparent reason.
 

Zardoz7/12

Professional
We tennis fans usually get feelings before a match and they usually happen. I felt that Djokovic would win this match in straights, Medvedev played terribly and Djokovic didn't do anything of note, he was just solid.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
Federer’s was probably the worst among those mentioned since he only won 4 games at age 26 in a slam final but can 2008 even be considered “recent” at this point?

For perspective, Medvedev was 12 in 2008 lol
 

vladap

Semi-Pro
Nadal AO'19 and it's not even close. Was murdering opponents left, right and centre; had an extra day rest and when everyone thought the final was just a formality he was sent packing in less than two hours
 
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FedeRadi

Rookie
All of them lost against players playing at great levels.
2013 WIM Djoko is my pick because a top Nole(And he was good until QF, and in SF had though match but against a great opponent like Delpo) have should beat a top Murray, other ones were underdogs, altough hyped.
Other than that I think 2013 WIM final wasn't a great level match, and Nole's faults were more than Andy credits.

I was really really high on 2019 AO Rafa, but losing against Nole at AO is no shame.
As hyped(And, in this case, rightfully so) underdogs who lost badly I think to 2010 WIM Berdych too.
 

Slowtwitcher

Hall of Fame
Sure but he was damn competitive in the 1st set and took that into the 2nd. Then he just went away after losing the break advantage. That was the key point IMO.
Med plays better when he's not riding the emotional roller-coaster. Once he starts hitting lows, he can hit highs, but they're short-lived.
 

threehandedbackhand

Professional
The problem is all laid out in the after match press conferences. Daniil is almost jovial after losing, doesn't show any kind of upset. Sure, he may be mad inside, but when someone is mad enough it usually overflows into their behaviour. Clearly, none of these NextGen guys get upset enough after losses to actually make productive changes to their game.
Zverev was crying in New York.

 

jltman

New User
Many of us did.

Djokovic played great and would have been a handful for anyone, but Medvedev sucked. There's no denying that.
He was good in the first set and fell apart mentally after that. The idea that Djokovic didnt play well and Medvedev would've won with his B game is idiotic to the point it has to be a troll.

Djokovic would've beaten Medvedev's A game the way he played.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
2020 RG final. Everyone was expecting a good match like their 2012-2014 showdowns at RG. Instead, it was obvious early that Djokovic could not outhit Nadal and didn’t have the patience to outlast him. It was a foregone conclusion that it would be a straight set beatdown after 4-5 games and that was disappointing considering that it was a duel between two GOAT contenders.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
My vote goes to Thiem and Zverev, 2020 USO. I expected a slam final and got an ATP 500 2nd round
Zverev was strong in first two sets. Thiem was good in sets 3 and 4. Both looked awful in fifth.
Remember though that it’s harder to push through in fifth when you are in empty stadium...
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
It's hands down 2020 Djokovic at Roland Garros. The Nadal Australian open beating comes a close second but i don't think ANYONE expected Djokovic to get absolutely crushed last year, we can talk about how his health was all day long and maybe he wasn't 100% but that was a hard to watch match either way. I wanted a classic.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
All of them lost against players playing at great levels.
2013 WIM Djoko is my pick because a top Nole(And he was good until QF, and in SF had though match but against a great opponent like Delpo) have should beat a top Murray, other ones were underdogs, altough hyped.
Other than that I think 2013 WIM final wasn't a great level match, and Nole's faults were more than Andy credits.

I was really really high on 2019 AO Rafa, but losing against Nole at AO is no shame.
As hyped(And, in this case, rightfully so) underdogs who lost badly I think to 2010 WIM Berdych too.
Crazy the recency bias...
 

miko

Rookie
The problem is all laid out in the after match press conferences. Daniil is almost jovial after losing, doesn't show any kind of upset. Sure, he may be mad inside, but when someone is mad enough it usually overflows into their behaviour. Clearly, none of these NextGen guys get upset enough after losses to actually make productive changes to their game.
Spot on. At least Tsitsipas showing some dejection. Other than that, their reaction is even more deflating than their performance during the match.
 

Thriller

Professional
2008. OK, I wasn't in the least bit disappointed :) but scraping together only 4 games in a GS final when you have so much talent is pretty disgraceful. The worse thing and the thing you don't ever want to see is a player fold and their head go down in a GS final. The lack of fight in the 3rd set was truly pathetic. Federer finished that match whimpering with his tail between his legs. I genuinely think the French crowd would have booed any other player who stank like that. I lost a lot of respect for him that day.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
It's hands down 2020 Djokovic at Roland Garros. The Nadal Australian open beating comes a close second but i don't think ANYONE expected Djokovic to get absolutely crushed last year, we can talk about how his health was all day long and maybe he wasn't 100% but that was a hard to watch match either way. I wanted a classic.
2020 RG final. Everyone was expecting a good match like their 2012-2014 showdowns at RG. Instead, it was obvious early that Djokovic could not outhit Nadal and didn’t have the patience to outlast him. It was a foregone conclusion that it would be a straight set beatdown after 4-5 games and that was disappointing considering that it was a duel between two GOAT contenders.
This disappointment is mostly down to expectations being too high in the first place. The first set was probably the highest quality bagel I've ever seen and then the match was over.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
He was good in the first set and fell apart mentally after that. The idea that Djokovic didnt play well and Medvedev would've won with his B game is idiotic to the point it has to be a troll.

Djokovic would've beaten Medvedev's A game the way he played.
Definitely.
 

InsideOut900

Hall of Fame
It's funny to think that Federer of 2008 RG F is actually comparable to Medvedev from today.

Cilic was the worst though, cuz he legit couldn't play due to injury. Med/Fed at least played decent for a set.
 
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Thriller

Professional
It's funny to think that Federer of 2008 RG F is legit comparable to Medvedev from today.
Well at least, Medvedev got 2x as many games against the hard court GOAT as RF managed against the GOAT. And at least he showed character and stuck it out to the end and didn't throw the towel in.
 

jltman

New User
Djokovic at RG 2020 is it for me as well. I didn't think he would win but I thought it was going to be an all timer. He just collapsed against a superior clay player.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
I’d say it’s between Medvedev, 2020 RG Djokovic, and 2008 RG Fed.

Fed was up against an absolute juggernaut that showed no mercy, BUT going into that match many felt he was going to dig deeper than ever and slay the clay dragon. As someone mentioned above, the lack of fight in the third set was really sad. If you are going to get bagelled, it’s always better for it in first set unless you are inj

As for 2020 Nole, he was up against a weaker version of Nadal and had shown genuine vulnerability when being taken to the limit by Tsitsipas.

Medvedev was a huge disappointment for sure and really played garbage tennis for the second and third sets. He typified the worst traits of the soft next gen that I am trying to defend on this forum.

Maybe Thiem Can prove everyone wrong at RG this year!
 
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