Players who deserved to reach a slam final but never did

daggerman

Hall of Fame
Perhaps Jose Luis Clerc at Roland Garros? I know he lost some close semifinals to some all-time great clay courters.

Some of the more experienced tennis fans here can probably set me straight if I'm off base.
 
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Kenshiro

New User
Henman especially at Wimbledon. Ran into Sampras couple of times at semifinals. He had a beautiful serve and volley game but unfortunately for him Pete was all around better player than him and seems to have all the answers.
 
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Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
Noah & Leconte could have won the 1985 US Open Doubles title, but lost focus after a controversial point in the middle of the match against Flach & Seguso.
I remember that match and thinking at the time how mentally fragile those two were. They completely fell apart over what they thought was a bad call. I’m not sure how you conclude from it that they “deserved” to win a Major.
 
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mike danny

Bionic Poster
Davydenko had plenty of chances. He wasn't good enough. Not like it was bad luck.
His only chance was the FO 2005 SF. But since he lost to a doper we could cut him some slack.

Another one might be AO 2007.

But that's about it.

Lost to Fed in several semis and quarters otherwise.
 

JasonZ

Professional
What do you mean by the word "deserve"?
What merits did the Russian do, according to you, to deserve to be in a final?
I can't find any but maybe you can find the reasons.
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davydenko lost in 2005 french open semifinal in 5 sets against a DOPED player. in 2007 he played really amazing against federer in the semifinal, much better than some players who even won the french open
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
What do you mean by the word "deserve"?
What merits did the Russian do, according to you, to deserve to be in a final?
I can't find any but maybe you can find the reasons.
:confused:
Davydenko has 4 slam semis, 3 masters, a WTF and career high no.3 in the world. Also a top 10 player for 4 straight years.

Players with significantly weaker resumes have reached slam finals. Even Anderson has 2.
 

DSH

G.O.A.T.
Davydenko has 4 slam semis, 3 masters, a WTF and career high no.3 in the world. Also a top 10 player for 4 straight years.

Players with significantly weaker resumes have reached slam finals. Even Anderson has 2.
That doesn't mean much if the player doesn't show what this class is made of, in tournaments where he should reach his highest level.

davydenko lost in 2005 french open semifinal in 5 sets against a DOPED player. in 2007 he played really amazing against federer in the semifinal, much better than some players who even won the french open
I had forgotten about that match.
That is a good reason to give credit to the Russian player.
The other no, that is just a look from you that does not find factual support, for which it lacks value.
:D
 
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