Who is your favourite single-slam winner?

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
Also, I think there is a difference between fluke winners like Gaudio, Pennetta, etc, and unlucky top players like Roddick, Chang, Goran etc.
Fluke; Pennetta? A litte confused here! I guess the fluke was the upset of Serena by R. Vinci in the SF! Unlucky top player; Chang? Gonna leave that alone! Overrated! :sneaky:
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
Fluke; Pennetta? A litte confused here! I guess the fluke was the upset of Serena by R. Vinci in the SF! Unlucky top player; Chang? Gonna leave that alone! Overrated! :sneaky:
specific examples aside, (and feel free to quibble) the difference exists.

Some single-Slam players were unlucky not to get more (Roddick, JMDP) and some were lucky to even get one.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Old school - Yannick Noah.
Current players - DelPo

I like Thiem more than any of them, but he is not going to be a 1-Slam wonder. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a multiple-Slam winner in one month.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
The classic all-court game, the skill, the variety, creativity, athleticism... the heart.

 

skaj

Hall of Fame
She should've won many slams. Great ball striker, excellent mover, also finesse player, very intelligent, fit... Don't know what happened to her later.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Not sure what kind of doping this was that makes such a big difference. Korda completely destroyed Rios he would have beaten him with or without doping.
Apparently you don't understand that juice aids in recovery after matches which let Korda be at his best vs Rios in that final.

Korda is a human skeleton that would have been absolutely dead tired after 6 straight matches (who knows, maybe after 3 matches...truth is we will never know but if he didn't need the juice in the first place he wouldn't have taken it).
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Chang and Andreescu

EDIT: forgot to add my reasons why. Chang: small, plucky underdogs winning slams in men's tennis is incredibly rare, plus Chang is a great guy. Andreescu: most dynamic women's player I've seen since Serena and Henin were in their primes. Swiatek isn't far behind.
Good picks. I suspect Andreescu won't remain a one-slam wonder for long though!
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I like a lot of the players mentioned already, but nobody has listed one of my favorites...

Carlos Moya!



I'm not allowed to share the details, but I got to spend a couple hours with Carlos and his family a few years ago in a social setting. He's a very nice guy and humble about his tennis accomplishments. Like Roddick and Muster, Moya also reached #1 in the world. Aside from his French Open title, he was also a finalist at the Australian Open and a semifinalist at the US Open.

Of course, he's also the coach of Nadal now and he was one of Rafa's early inspirations, having also grown up on Majorca.



 

Olli Jokinen

Semi-Pro
Thanks for making me feel old. I'm a decade older. I remember watching Borg-MacEnroe - Wimbledon 1980 - live (I was living in Europe at the time). I don't remember exactly when I started playing but I did some local park & rec summer tennis thing during junior high in the late 80's for a couple of summers. I first played with a wooden racquet that weighed a ton and made me terrible (it's somewhere around here....) but had a graphite Wilson Aggressor by the time I did parks & rec.

I watched a lot of Edberg, Becker, and Lendl growing up.
Hey, I played with the Wilson Aggressor too! Great stick, played with them for 10 years until they both cracked.
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
Female: Wozniacki
Male: Chang
Mixed Doubles: Jankovic
Men's Doubles: Harrison and Michael Venus
Women's Doubles: Chanda Rubin
Favorable Mention:
Dementieva ending her career by winning the Olympics.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Female: Wozniacki
Male: Chang
Mixed Doubles: Jankovic
Men's Doubles: Harrison and Michael Venus
Women's Doubles: Chanda Rubin
Favorable Mention:
Dementieva ending her career by winning the Olympics.
That's a pretty nice list, especially expanding it out to the doubles categories.

For men's doubles, I'm sure there are lots of great stories, but I liked how Mats Wilander and Joakim Nystrom, who were childhood friends, won the Wimbledon doubles title together in 1986. While Mats won 7 singles Slams, including a couple on grass at the Australian Open, many people feel like he has a hole in his resume by not doing better than a QF in singles at Wimbledon. I feel like the doubles title at Wimbledon helps fill that void a bit, plus it was Nystrom's only Slam in any category. Mats once made a comment that the happiest moment he ever had on a tennis court was when he won that Wimbledon doubles because he got to share it with his best friend.

In mixed, Jack Sock and Melanie Oudin winning the US Open was pretty epic. After Oudin's epic US Open QF run in singles in 2009, that mixed title in 2011 is pretty much the cap of her career since she was sidelined with injuries after that. Of course, Sock has won a couple other Slams in doubles now, but that was Oudin's only one.

For people from the PNW, Travis Parrot of Portland, Oregon won the 2009 US Open mixed with Carly Gullickson as their only Slam title. Others, like Jonathan Stark of Medford, Oregon, and Patrick Galbraith (now the USTA President) of Tacoma, Washington won a couple Slams each in doubles, so I guess they are out of this conversation.
 

TnsGuru

Professional
Yannick Noah is my favorite 1 slam wonder by winning the 83 FO. Not only did he beat the defending FO champ Mats Wilander, he won with a S/V game not really suited for the surface plus he was the last man from France to hold the trophy.
 

Pitti

Rookie
I like a lot of the players mentioned already, but nobody has listed one of my favorites...

Carlos Moya!



I'm not allowed to share the details, but I got to spend a couple hours with Carlos and his family a few years ago in a social setting. He's a very nice guy and humble about his tennis accomplishments. Like Roddick and Muster, Moya also reached #1 in the world. Aside from his French Open title, he was also a finalist at the Australian Open and a semifinalist at the US Open.

Of course, he's also the coach of Nadal now and he was one of Rafa's early inspirations, having also grown up on Majorca.



Wow! Moya was my first tennis idol!! How could I forget him?? I remember that when I started playing tennis as a kid, I saw on a newspaper a beautiful photo of him serving at Wimbledon in trophy position. My grandfather cut that photo (without me knowing), laminated it at a printing house and gifted it to me a couple of days later. It became the most prized picture of my room and of my childhood: whenever I saw it I remembered tennis (meaning fun time with friends, challenges, professional players like Moyá...) and my grandfather! Good times...

P.S.: You dug up this memory with the photos of Moyá. Thank you!
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
I like a lot of the players mentioned already, but nobody has listed one of my favorites...

Carlos Moya!



I'm not allowed to share the details, but I got to spend a couple hours with Carlos and his family a few years ago in a social setting. He's a very nice guy and humble about his tennis accomplishments. Like Roddick and Muster, Moya also reached #1 in the world. Aside from his French Open title, he was also a finalist at the Australian Open and a semifinalist at the US Open.

Of course, he's also the coach of Nadal now and he was one of Rafa's early inspirations, having also grown up on Majorca.



That first picture reminded me how lovely his forehand was.
 

TimHenmanATG

Professional
Sir Timothy Henman.

That 2001 Wimbledon final against Rafter is still seared into my memory, like it were yesterday.

Fair play to Paddy, but Timbo was on fire that day.

Serving and volleying amongst a fervent and partisan SW19 crowd on Centre Court, and delivering the title which had never been achieved by a male British player since Fred Perry in the 1930s.

I was also pleasantly surprised when Queen Elizabeth II (Her GOATjesty) knighted our Timothy in 2005.

I reckon Tim could've gone on to win more Grand Slam titles, but why would he need to after his exploits in 2001?
 

kevin qmto

Rookie
Sir Timothy Henman.

That 2001 Wimbledon final against Rafter is still seared into my memory, like it were yesterday.

Fair play to Paddy, but Timbo was on fire that day.

Serving and volleying amongst a fervent and partisan SW19 crowd on Centre Court, and delivering the title which had never been achieved by a male British player since Fred Perry in the 1930s.

I was also pleasantly surprised when Queen Elizabeth II (Her GOATjesty) knighted our Timothy in 2005.

I reckon Tim could've gone on to win more Grand Slam titles, but why would he need to after his exploits in 2001?
Too much brandy has a habit of rewriting our memories.
 
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