Wimbledon losers: Highest level

Pick one.

  • 2015 - Federer

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • 2014 - Federer

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • 2012 - Murray

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • 2011 - Nadal

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • 2009 - Roddick

    Votes: 12 23.1%
  • 2008 - Federer

    Votes: 11 21.2%
  • 2007 - Nadal

    Votes: 18 34.6%
  • 2004 - Roddick

    Votes: 5 9.6%
  • 2001 - Rafter

    Votes: 2 3.8%
  • 2000 - Rafter

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    52

lud

Hall of Fame
AO best player/performances never to win: Federer from 2009.
RG best player/performances never to win: Federer from 2006.

WIMBLY - ???
 

Shank Volley

Hall of Fame
I was at Wimbledon in 2004 and I saw two of Federer's earlier matches as well as the final. I'd never seen anyone look so balanced on such a notoriously difficult surface. It was like everyone he came up against was playing on ice by comparison. Then in the final Roddick showed up with a forehand that sounded like a cannon and his blink-and-you'll-miss-it serve, and he outclassed Federer for the first set. I hadn't payed any attention to Roddick at all in the tournament and it caught me completely off guard. Who needs perfect footwork when you can end the point with a single strike? Federer managed to move up the gears and got it done, but considering the match up disadvantage Roddick had it was a properly impressive showing.
 
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wy2sl0

Hall of Fame
Roddick '04. Couple points either way and the match could have turned. Fed did well to blunt the power and turn the match around. I would say that peak Arod is the second best grass player behind Fed since '03.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Nadal 2011 doesn't deserve to be in the poll. Probably his worst slam final after 2014 AO. Roddick 2004 and Nadal himself in 2006 played better.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
2009 deserves to be top with 2007 and 2008. Roddick played out of his mind. He played better than his own iteration in 2004 and Federer in 2014.
Not sure it was better than 2004, I consider both 2004 and 2009 to be superior to 2014.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Not sure it was better than 2004, I consider both 2004 and 2009 to be superior to 2014.
Me too.

But 2009 was way too tight to be in the second tier IMO. Roddick pushed Fed like Nadal did in 2007 and 2008. When Fed in his prime was that close to losing a Wimb final, you know it deserves top spot among the others.
 

lud

Hall of Fame
I'm with everyone here. 07,08 and 09 losses were heartbreaking. What about 2015 Fed? Until final he played mindblowing tennis. In final Fed wasn't that bad, Djokovic was unpleyable. 14 Fed wasn't all that impressive.
I'll go with 07 Nadal.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I'm with everyone here. 07,08 and 09 losses were heartbreaking. What about 2015 Fed? Until final he played mindblowing tennis. In final Fed wasn't that bad, Djokovic was unpleyable. 14 Fed wasn't all that impressive.
I'll go with 07 Nadal.
Djokovic was unplayable in 2015, but Fed's level dropped after set 2.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
07, 08, 09, 04 are clear top 4 (not necessarily in that order).
If I have to pick, I'd go with nadal 07 wim final first.
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
Of course 07, 08 and 09 are popular and well deserved picks here but how about some love for Patrick Rafter? Rafter had Sampras on the ropes for awhile in 00 and lost 9-7 in the fifth to Ivanisevic in 01. I'd say Rafter is every bit as heartbreaking as those!
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Some of the contenders are:

- Roger Federer, 2014
- Andrew Roddick, 2009
- Roger Federer, 2008
- Rafael Nadal Perera, 2007
- Patrick Rafter, 2001
- Goran Ivanisevic, 1998
- Goran Ivanisevic, 1992
- Boris Becker, 1990
- John McEnroe, 1982
- John McEnroe, 1980
- James Scott Connors, 1977
- Kenneth Robert Rosewall, 1970

Aye. That'll do for now.
 
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