Players and their First slam finals

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Stefan Edberg-1985 Australian Open def. Mats Wilander 6–4, 6–3, 6–3

Pete Sampras-1990 US Open def. Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–3, 6–2

Andre Agassi-1990 French open lost to Andrés Gómez 6–3, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4

Roger Federer-2003 Wimbledon def. Mark Philippoussis 7–6(5), 6–2, 7–6(3)

Rafael Nadal-2005 French Open def. Mariano Puerta 6–7(6), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5

Mats Wilander-1982 French Open def. Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 7–6, 6–0, 6–4

Boris Becker-1985 Wimbledon def. Kevin Curren 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–6(3), 6–4

Ivan Lendl-1981 French Open lost to Björn Borg 6–1, 4–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–2

Michael Chang-1989 French Open def. Stefan Edberg 6–1, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2

Patrick Rafter-1997 US Open def. Greg Rusedski 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 7–5

Marat Safin-2000 US Open def. Pete Sampras 6–4, 6–3, 6–3

Bjorn Borg-1974 French Open def. Manuel Orantes 2–6, 6–7, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1

Novak Djokovic-2007 US Open lost to Roger Federer 7–6(4), 7–6(2), 6–4

John McEnroe-1979 US Open def. Vitas Gerulaitis 7–5, 6–3, 6–3

Lleyton Hewitt-2001 US Open def. Pete Sampras 7–6(4), 6–1, 6–1

Just thought I'd put that up there to see if there's any correlation between winning your first slam final and further success.

I tried to choose players who actually made it deep into slams. I'm pretty sure all of these guys have made multiple slam finals.


That's an interesting post, Mansewerz. I'm surprised how many won it on the first try. It always seem like the first timers usually lose, but I guess it's only in the case of the finalist who got there for the first time, and lost. People like Murray, Djokovic, Tsonga, Baghdatis, etc.

But, to the posted question. There does seem to be a positive correlation between 1st time winners.

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Also, only 3 of these players never reached the world number one spot.