KordaI got the idea of the thread named "Deserving player not won a slam" to make a similar thread this time about the overachievers-players who were far beyond at quality but somehow won a slam-Thomas Johansson obviously come to mind,maybe Gaudio also. Other suggestions ?
Gaudio didn't disappear after the French Open of 2004. He also qualified for the masters cup of 2005. That was when Federer gave him a double bagel iirc. He was a top ten player for 2 years more or less, until mid 2006. After that he fell apart very quickly, which wasn't such an unusual thing back then. Before the big 3, it was expected for most players to fall apart in their late 20s.Prefer him over someone like Gaudio. At least he did something besides that slam win.
Depends how you determine such things. He didn't cheat, went through a decent draw and even had a decent follow up year.I mean it's not like there's anyone closer is there?
Thomas Johansson had a quite easy draw, he had to beat Bjorkman and Jiri Novak to reach the final, where he played a hungover SafinI mean it's not like there's anyone closer is there?
@Third Serve going to write the same thing, Thomas was the only one from atp side came close with weak draw in last few years.Thomas Johansson had a quite easy draw, he had to beat Bjorkman and Jiri Novak to reach the final, where he played a hungover Safin
the Safin half was very hard, with matches like Rios Haas, Safin Sampras, Safin Haas, while the Johansson half had collapsed from upsets, with Hewitt and Kuerten losing in first round