Fed was coming off a horrible post IW season in 2018. And Stefanos gave him a nailbiter the week before in hopman cup.Thiem over Djokovic at RG shouldn't even be in the poll. Dom can beat anyone not named Nadal (so far) at RG. He is that good.
On topic, voted Tsitsipas-Federer at the AO. Fed was the defending champ and Stefanos was still just a promising young player. It wasn't expected of him to beat Federer in a big match yet.
Fognini has given rafa troubles on clay before this win as well. Even in the 2017-18 stretch, rafa never found it easy against fognini & survived by the skin of his teeth in Madrid 2017 encounter.
Where's the thread for nominees? I haven't been on much but will try to check it out!
Dimitrov also upset his fans then by bending over for MedvedevOriginally thought Tsitsipas, but that was likely because I was expecting a very good Federer showing after 2 years of wins. I wasn't expecting too much from Fed at the US Open, though.
On the other hand, Dimitrov was a non-factor. He wasn't going to take a set, and even if he did because Roger lost his concentration, it'd be a comfortable 4 setter. It looked like it would be, until set 4. Then Grigor won, ranked 78th after a terrible season. That was definitely the bigger upset.
Federer not playing bad at all??Federer in Australia was 2 time defending champion. I don't think the same is true of any of those other guys? The Dimitrov one might be a big deal on account of the fact that it's Dimitrov, but look who knocked Federer out of that tournament the year before and it's suddenly somewhat less of a big deal. The Indian Wells and Cincinnati ones are pretty big upsets, but considering neither is in a major, Thiem is a much more established player than Tsitsipas was at that time (even though not so much on hard courts) and Medvedev was playing that Cincy match on the back of back to back finals in Washington and Canada I'd still go with Stefanos coming relatively out of the blue and defeating a Federer not playing badly at all as the ultimate one.