Players who reached a slam final but didn't deserve to

NatF

Bionic Poster
Feel like if you win the matches regardless of choking or weak draws etc...you deserve to be there. Exceptions would cheating or pivotal bad line calls. Or perhaps lucking out with your draw while your SF opponent kills himself taking out all the better players.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Feel like if you win the matches regardless of choking or weak draws etc...you deserve to be there. Exceptions would cheating or pivotal bad line calls. Or perhaps lucking out with your draw while your SF opponent kills himself taking out all the better players.
Correct answer is easily Puerta.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Feel like if you win the matches regardless of choking or weak draws etc...you deserve to be there. Exceptions would cheating or pivotal bad line calls. Or perhaps lucking out with your draw while your SF opponent kills himself taking out all the better players.
Rainer Schuettler at the 2003 AO qualifies as your latter case. Defeated Roddick after he had spent hours battling with El Aynaoui.

(Although he did beat Nalbandian in the QF)
 
A quick google seach says he was sidelined with mono and ankle injuries in late 2004.

also he had MPs vs Fed in Bercy in 2003, didn't know that
A Google search also tells us that aliens made the pyramids (not the Bosnian ones, God made those), and that Wawrinka is Mirka's brother.

The fact is that this guy was nowhere before and after FO, and he was no spring chicken in 2003. He was 24 which was a medium age in that era.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
A Google search also tells us that aliens made the pyramids (not the Bosnian ones, God made those), and that Wawrinka is Mirka's brother.

The fact is that this guy was nowhere before and after FO, and he was no spring chicken in 2003. He was 24 which was a medium age in that era.
*shrug* There have been late bloomers in all eras.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Can replace 2016 with 2015, 2018, 2012, 2014 etc...Pretty much any USO he didn't face prime Nadal or Federer.
2015 counts too if we're talking pre-final, I agree. Struggled with the likes of RBA and old man Lopez. 2005 Blake better than both.

The others are debatable. In 2012, for example, Djokovic was too good for Delpo and the others pre final.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
2015 counts too if we're talking pre-final, I agree. Struggled with the likes of RBA and old man Lopez. 2005 Blake better than both.

The others are debatable. In 2012, for example, Djokovic was too good for Delpo and the others pre final.
You're lowering the bar way too much. Blake played sensational tennis, smashed Nadal in four as well fresh off winning Montreal.

Del Potro in 2012 struggled with retiring Roddick, in 2018 he was pretty listless. I'd back Blake to have given Fed a very competitive match had they met in 2005...
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
You're lowering the bar way too much. Blake played sensational tennis, smashed Nadal in four as well fresh off winning Montreal.

Del Potro in 2012 struggled with retiring Roddick, in 2018 he was pretty listless. I'd back Blake to have given Fed a very competitive match had they met in 2005...
True, but then you'd have the usual suspects adding Blake to the list of weak slam final opponents alongside Baghdatis, Gonzalez and Phillippoussis.
 
You're lowering the bar way too much. Blake played sensational tennis, smashed Nadal in four as well fresh off winning Montreal.

Del Potro in 2012 struggled with retiring Roddick, in 2018 he was pretty listless. I'd back Blake to have given Fed a very competitive match had they met in 2005...
That 2005 Blake was better than both + injured Cilic.
About time Fedfans build a 5-mile high temple for BlakeGOAT, GonzalezGOAT, HewittGOAT and the others from the greatest era ever.

People don't seem to remember the non-clutch Blake who froze like a snowflake the moment a big point was waiting.
 

InsideOut900

Hall of Fame
That 2005 Blake was better than both + injured Cilic.
No man, you said he struggled with both, like RBA and Lopez weren't routined outside of 1 set where they were playing at their best basically.

Looked like a pointless comparison given the difference in scoreline between 2005 QF and those matches.
 
No man, you said he struggled with both, like RBA and Lopez weren't routined outside of 1 set where they were playing at their best basically.

Looked like a pointless comparison given the difference in scoreline between 2005 QF and those matches.
Lopez took Djokovic to fourth set tiebreak, not cool.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
No man, you said he struggled with both, like RBA and Lopez weren't routined outside of 1 set where they were playing at their best basically.

Looked like a pointless comparison given the difference in scoreline between 2005 QF and those matches.
Routined. Lopez was a tiebreak away from pushing Djoker to 5.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
About time Fedfans build a 5-mile high temple for BlakeGOAT, GonzalezGOAT, HewittGOAT and the others from the greatest era ever.

People don't seem to remember the non-clutch Blake who froze like a snowflake the moment a big point was waiting.
Your trolling becomes instantly transparent when you include a multiple slam winner and YE #1 with those guys.

Besides that what's Blake's record against Nadal? Pretty good IIRC :unsure:
 
Your trolling becomes instantly transparent when you include a multiple slam winner and YE #1 with those guys.

Besides that what's Blake's record against Nadal? Pretty good IIRC :unsure:
Hewitt has the most inflated no 1 tally and the most undeserving double-YEC of the Open Era, and you know it. Totally vultured 2001/2002 because Sampras was fading, Agassi was occasional and RF was still confused.

And as for "multiple", yeah, he won the bare minimum to qualify for that. Wawrinka won 3 slams and he never came close to being no 1.

Weakera identified... A decade ago.
 
MaliVai Washington in Wimbledon

his draw was so weak that Todd Martin was his biggest conquest

not his fault though but he usually never made it past the early rounds anywhere
Absolutely.

Martin was up 5-1 in the 4th or 5th, had the match in the bag then totally froze. Malivai was very lucky to reach that finale and it didn't feel deserved at all. Unfortunately, we got that pathetic finale in 1996 instead of a much more promising Krajicek-Martin.
 
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