Weird Stat of the Day: Edberg and Nadal are the only men to win 2 Grand Slam finals in Open Era where they lost 2 consecutive sets in the final

Fiero425

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Weird Stat of the Day: Edberg and Nadal are the only men to win 2 Grand Slam finals in Open Era where they lost 2 consecutive sets in the final
Often it's something that can be avoided, but it happens all too often when a player either changes a winning formula or they don't push the envelope to close out the match allowing the opponent to take undeserved sets! I've seen it with men and women! A player can be up a set and a break, then all of a sudden have a "brain fart" making their lives complicated! Edberg did this with Becker on grass and clay! Edberg was up comfortably against Becker in the SF of the FO in '89! ESPN moved the match up after the 1st 2 sets so IDK how Becker won sets 3 and 4, Edberg closing it out in 5! It probably took something out of him in the final against Chang who had a long battle to upset Lendl earlier in the tourney! IIRC, it happened to Nadal at the USO a few years ago dropping an early round match to Fabio! :unsure:
 

NADALalot

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Nevertheless he had a chance to close it out in the 5th and should have.

Similarly Djokovic should have closed Rafa out in 5 in RG 13 SF although that shouldn't have gone 5 either.
2012 Australian Open, I don't think Rafa should have closed it out, because what are the odds of playing a 5th Set with Djokovic at the AO and not losing your serve? Rafa being up a break was never going to be enough. Djokovic is the best returner since Agassi, so you need more than one break in the 5th Set.

2013 Roland Garros, when Djokovic was up a break in the 5th Set it was not a winning position. Its very easy for Rafa to break Djokovic's serve at Roland Garros. Even in 2015 when Rafa was at his absolute worst and was hitting the weakest forehands, he came back from 0-4 down in the 1st Set to be 5-5.
 
2012 Australian Open, I don't think Rafa should have closed it out, because what are the odds of playing a 5th Set with Djokovic at the AO and not losing your serve? Rafa being up a break was never going to be enough. Djokovic is the best returner since Agassi, so you need more than one break in the 5th Set.

2013 Roland Garros, I don't care what the score is, Djokovic will never be favorite to beat Rafa at Roland Garros.....so when Djokovic was up a break in the 5th Set it was not a winning position. Its very easy for Rafa to break Djokovic's serve at Roland Garros. Even in 2015 when Rafa was at his absolute worst and was hitting the weakest forehands, he came back from 0-4 down in the 1st Set to be 5-5.
Well in both cases the loser had a very good chance of winning the 5th game if not for an uncharacteristic error (Djokovic would have AD up on serve 4-3, Nadal would have been up 4-2 40-15), I think they have to be the favorite from that position regardless of the opponent or venue.
 
Right, Nadal managed to win twice after letting his 2-0 lead turn into 2-2. Both times he was expected to lose in the fifth set.
 

Mainad

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Players who lost 2 sets in a row en route to winning their maiden Slams include:

Borg (1974 French Open b. Orantes).
Lendl (1984 French Open b. McEnroe).
Chang (1989 French Open b. Edberg).
Murray (2012 US Open b. Djokovic).
 
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