Which Single Slam Win was the Greatest Achievement?

Fedex

Legend
Ok I support Murray and guess I could be biased on this but I try very hard to be objective and I have to say that I think Murray's USO 2012 slam win will go down, in time, as the greatest or, at least, one of the greatest ever.
This is a guy who had never won a slam and lost his 4 previous finals, British to boot with the immense pressure that carries from a country having no slam winners since nineteen oatcake, just lost his most recent and most heartbreaking final at Wimbledon, everyone saying he would never win a slam, had a very tough draw, was close to going out a few times on route, admitted to feeling the most nervous he'd ever been knowing a fifth slam final loss would probably destroy him, very windy conditions in which he had, historically, never played well being thrashed many times before even being bageled, playing possibly the greatest and physically strongest hard court player ever who's in his prime, then winning the first two close sets giving great hope only to see it all crumble into the dreaded fifth set dog fight, a situation in which post 2010 Djokovic had proven himself on numerous times before to be practically invincible, haunting memories of AO 2012 and no doubt other countless demons flying around.
To pull that out of the bag, under those circumstances, you have to admit was an astonishing feat.
Anyone else agree or can you think of any other comparably arduous singular slam wins, taking overall context into consideration?
 

jrs

Professional
I would say it was the Wimbledon 2008 with Federer and Nadal - that lasted for the whole day with rain delays.

The final point was surreal with the lights fading - I remember the ceremony with all the flashes.

Beating Federer at Wimbledon at that time was no easy task.
 
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90's Clay

Banned
Didn't particularly care much for Murray's USO win because of the ridiculous weather. He just handled the wind better then everyone else. But the matches should NOT have been played with the wind the way it was. Hell I thought there was a tornado during the Berdych-Murray match. It was bad for the slam and bad for tennis. You dont play important matches deep in slams with the weather like that


The scheduling was crap at Flushing (like always), and the organizers did not care if they gave us matches under horrible conditions. A little wind is one thing.. Wizard of Oz Weather is another
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame
Agassi 1992 Wimbledon. End of Story
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ark_28

Legend
Del Potro by a mile in recent times! Had to beat peak Nadal and Fed back to back was the first man to do it in a slam only Novak has since done it!
 
M

monfed

Guest
Historically :
RG 2009, the day Federer became the official GOAT.

Personally:

Tie b/w Wimby 2003 and Wimby 2012 for different reasons.
 

kragster

Hall of Fame
2014 RG. Isner takes out Ferrer in a surprisingly quick win showing that power tennis can win even on clay. Isner then plays federer in a tense 5 setter in the semis and narrowly ekes through. Then in the final isner is high on confidence and S&V's his way against Rafa to win his first of 3 RGs.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Goran at Wimbledon 2001. The whole thing - only getting in due to a wildcard, beating many tough opponents like Safin, Roddick, Rusedski before the semis, scraping past Henman in a rain-affected 5-set semi (where Tim was at one stage 3 points from victory), then of course the never-to-be-repeated epic final against Rafter.

Honestly I think losing that W final would have literally killed Goran.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
Goran at Wimbledon 2001. The whole thing - only getting in due to a wildcard, beating many tough opponents like Safin, Roddick, Rusedski before the semis, scraping past Henman in a rain-affected 5-set semi (where Tim was at one stage 3 points from victory), then of course the never-to-be-repeated epic final against Rafter.

Honestly I think losing that W final would have literally killed Goran.

This is my vote. The best major tournament in tennis that I have ever seen.
 

The Bawss

Banned
Are you high? I know you are one of the biggest fanboys around but still. There was nothing impressive about the win, the draw he had to go through was utterly unimpressive as were the conditions that all but defeated his two strongest opponents. Also the expectation wasn't all that great. He was playing is the US where most people have never even heard of him.

Best slam win in recent memory was Wimbly 2008 or RG2009.
 

tudwell

G.O.A.T.
Edberg's 1992 U.S. Open win was pretty incredible. Went five sets against Krajicek in the fourth round, overcame Lendl in the quarters in a fifth set tiebreak, played a third consecutive fifth set against Chang in the semifinals, and then finally had to play Pete Sampras in the final.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
Edberg's 1992 U.S. Open win was pretty incredible. Went five sets against Krajicek in the fourth round, overcame Lendl in the quarters in a fifth set tiebreak, played a third consecutive fifth set against Chang in the semifinals, and then finally had to play Pete Sampras in the final.

Even more, Edberg beat Krajicek, Lendl and Chang despite being a break down in the fifth set in all 3 of those matches. Edberg was also a set down in the final against Sampras before winning in 4 sets.
 

tudwell

G.O.A.T.
Even more, Edberg beat Krajicek, Lendl and Chang despite being a break down in the fifth set in all 3 of those matches. Edberg was also a set down in the final against Sampras before winning in 4 sets.

I thought he was a break down in at least one of those matches, but I didn't realize it was all three!
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
If you don't say Ivanisevic at Wimbledon 2001 you have no soul and know nothing.

I still remember his interviews during that tournament, where he spoke about the battles between his 'good Goran' and 'bad Goran' sides, and how he needed an 'emergency Goran' to step in and stop them fighting!
 

90's Clay

Banned
1999 French Open for Agassi perhaps as well?

Coming back from what ranked 130 in the world or something? And winning the Career Grand Slam when most though he was done after 95-96.

Agassi was already 29 by then and would go on to win a few more slams after that. Maybe the biggest come back ever
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Didn't particularly care much for Murray's USO win because of the ridiculous weather. He just handled the wind better then everyone else. But the matches should NOT have been played with the wind the way it was. Hell I thought there was a tornado during the Berdych-Murray match. It was bad for the slam and bad for tennis. You dont play important matches deep in slams with the weather like that

As I recall, the wind was only really bad during the 2 semi-finals. Chairs fell over and Murray's cap blew off when he was about to convert a break point in the 1st set (as a result the point had to be replayed, he then lost it and went on to lose that set so conditions were working aginst him too). They then had to postpone the Djokovic-Ferrer one after warnings of an approaching tornado.

The final itself started off a bit windy but I don't recall much after the first set. IMO people's perceptions of it have become ludicrously distorted. It's become one of those urban myths that gets more and more exaggerated with each re-telling!
 

Gonzo_style

Hall of Fame
Yes Murray lost 4 Major finals before USO but he is still very young, can win more titles...

My vote go to Goran Ivanisevic
 
Borg winning his fifth in row, after losing that epic tiebreaker in the 4th set, then serving lights out on his way to 8-6 in the fifth set in that big, anticipated match versus McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon final. The ratings were through the roof and tennis was at an apex in terms of popularity. One of the most iconic moments in all of sports was the 1980 Wimbledon win by Bjorn Borg. The 2008 Wimbledon final was another absolutely epic final there. Outstanding matches!

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Bjorn+Borg+sinks+to+his+knees+after+defeating+USA's+John+McEnroe+,+1980
 

mattennis

Hall of Fame
There are so many great ones, it is hard to pick just one.

Obviously 2001 Wimbledon and 1992 US OPEN are two of them clearly.


Even more, Edberg beat Krajicek, Lendl and Chang despite being a break down in the fifth set in all 3 of those matches. Edberg was also a set down in the final against Sampras before winning in 4 sets.

Yes, it was amazing that he was a break down in the fifth in three consecutive late rounds (R16, QF and SF) at a GS and still won all of them (Edberg was called "mentally weak" at that time, go figure).

And after that 5 h 30 m SF against Chang, the next day he was down a set against Sampras in the final, and more, Sampras served to win the third set also at 6-3 4-6 6-5 and serve (IIRC).
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
I still remember his interviews during that tournament, where he spoke about the battles between his 'good Goran' and 'bad Goran' sides, and how he needed an 'emergency Goran' to step in and stop them fighting!

There was even a BBC sketch on it, where Goran played his good and bad sides. The bad Goran was all moody, sulky, complaining about people never being satisfied, while the good Goran was all charming and smiles, talking sensibly etc.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
Del Potro by a mile in recent times! Had to beat peak Nadal and Fed back to back was the first man to do it in a slam only Novak has since done it!

Nadal was nowhere near 100% in that match but you're right about the win against Fed. He ended Fed's reign of dominance and showed immense mental toughness (especially after having been double-bagled by Fed at the Aussie earlier that year).
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
Goran's Wimbledon 2001 win was simply a fairytale. He came so close throughout his career, and the way he did it was simply amazing.
 
Goran at Wimbledon 2001. The whole thing - only getting in due to a wildcard, beating many tough opponents like Safin, Roddick, Rusedski before the semis, scraping past Henman in a rain-affected 5-set semi (where Tim was at one stage 3 points from victory), then of course the never-to-be-repeated epic final against Rafter.

Honestly I think losing that W final would have literally killed Goran.

I really like the Goran story. The atmosphere at the final was just unreal.

And you're probably right. Had Rafter won that final we would probably have read about the suicide of Goran Ivanisevic in the papers not too long afterwards.
 
Goran at Wimbledon 2001. The whole thing - only getting in due to a wildcard, beating many tough opponents like Safin, Roddick, Rusedski before the semis, scraping past Henman in a rain-affected 5-set semi (where Tim was at one stage 3 points from victory), then of course the never-to-be-repeated epic final against Rafter.

Honestly I think losing that W final would have literally killed Goran.

Not just Goran ~ if I remember correctly his father was suffering from a heart ailment. Watching his son really must have felt like life-or-death to the poor guy. Anyway, that one gets my vote. Others I'd shortlist have already been mentioned already as well: the Wimbledon wins for Borg in 1980 and Nadal in 2008.

Of those not yet cited, how about Chang at Roland Garros in 1989?


Regards,
MDL
 

Major

New User
Goran at Wimbledon 2001. The whole thing - only getting in due to a wildcard, beating many tough opponents like Safin, Roddick, Rusedski before the semis, scraping past Henman in a rain-affected 5-set semi (where Tim was at one stage 3 points from victory), then of course the never-to-be-repeated epic final against Rafter.

Honestly I think losing that W final would have literally killed Goran.

Yep, I have to go with this as well.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
Of those not yet cited, how about Chang at Roland Garros in 1989?

Yes. Incredible by Chang the way he beat Lendl (most famously), Agenor, Chesnokov and Edberg in succession. Chang nearly retired during the fifth set against Lendl, because of the cramping. He felt it was his destiny to win the tournament after that, especially with the recent Tianamen Square massacre, so he was more mentally tough than ever, and it overcame any inexperience Chang had at that stage of his career. I believe John McEnroe said afterwards that he would stand on his head for a whole day if Chang won 1989 Wimbledon, and Chang promptly got beaten at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 1989 by Tim Mayotte.
 

Sorana fan

Banned
I would say it was the Wimbledon with Federer and Nadal - that lasted for the whole day with rain delays.

The final point was surreal with the lights fading - I remember the ceremony with all the flashes.

Beating Federer at Wimbledon at that time was no easy task.

Best final ever.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Aside from already mentioned, Guga's 1997 FO, came out of nowhere and shook the tennis world, had to win three 5 set matches in a row against some of the best CC players of the 90s (Muster, Medvedev, Kafelnikov) before putting up a dominating performance against Bruguera in the final.
 

The-Champ

Legend
Wimbledon 2007. On his way down Federer defeating Peak Nadal on grass. Amazing.

LOL a win over a clay courter on grass. Weak grass era. Nice try DropShotArtist, I mean DjokovicFortheWin, I mean Magnetic_Curls, I mean, QueenSeles, I mean Bruce38 or is it Aphex?
 
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spinovic

Hall of Fame
I would say it was the Wimbledon 2008 with Federer and Nadal - that lasted for the whole day with rain delays.

The final point was surreal with the lights fading - I remember the ceremony with all the flashes.

Beating Federer at Wimbledon at that time was no easy task.

I believe that loss snapped a 65 match win streak on grass for Federer. Obviously, not all of them were at Wimbledon, but you get the point.
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
I don't think Murray's slam rates anywhere close the top. For me personally...

1. Goran Ivanisevic - 2001 Wimbledon (by far the single best and most memorable slam in my memory bank)

As for the rest, I'm not bothering to try to rank them, but...

Pete Sampras - 2000 Wimbledon (breaks the slam record)
Pete Sampras - 2002 US Open (proved the old man could still do it)
Andre Agassi - 1992 Wimbledon (his first slam at the most unlikely place)
Andre Agassi - 1999 Roland Garros (completes the career slam)
Roger Federer - 2009 Roland Garros (see above)
Roger Federer - 2009 Wimbledon (breaks Pete's relatively young slam record)
Gustavo Kuerten - 1997 Roland Garros (#66 ranked player wins Roland Garros)
Rafael Nadal - 2008 Wimbledon (Rafa finally dethrones the king in the greatest match I've ever witnessed when you take into account the story around it and the quality of play on the court)

A few others I liked...

Couriers first slam win at the '91 French. Agassi's '99 US Open. Federer's 2012 Wimbledon.

But, to each his own. If you're a big Murray fan, I'm sure his win will rate higher. It also would vary with age, depending on how many slams you've watched.
 

thrust

Legend
The 39-year-old was an ATG, perhaps the grass court GOAT. He did not lose because of his age. His opponent, another ATG, was about 33. It had a great dramatic ending with high quality of play by the older guy, throughout the match. Overall, the old guy was the better player but that is how tennis goes, sometimes. It was not like the nearly 40-year-old Rosewall losing to the 22 or 23 year old Connors
 
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