Worst Slam run ever?

Third Serve

Legend
Inspired by the recent turn of events (though congrats to Thiem for finally hanging in), I was wondering what might be the worst Slam run of all time. What was the worst anyone has ever played yet still managed to win the Slam in the end? I don't mean just finals, for those who are eager to nominate this tournament (though finals should rightly be heavily considered), but rather the tournament as a whole.

I'm personally not sure, but I would have probably picked Zverev had he won the fifth set tonight. He would have dropped eight sets on the title, which would have been a record, I believe.

But what are your thoughts?

Discuss/Disgust (because we're talking about worst and not best)
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
would have been Djokovic at USO 16 but for this exact reason he decided to lose on purpose
Inspired by the recent turn of events (though congrats to Thiem for finally hanging in), I was wondering what might be the worst Slam run of all time. What was the worst anyone has ever played yet still managed to win the Slam in the end? I don't mean just finals, for those who are eager to nominate this tournament (though finals should rightly be heavily considered), but rather the tournament as a whole.

I'm personally not sure, but I would have probably picked Zverev had he won the fifth set tonight. He would have dropped eight sets on the title, which would have been a record, I believe.

But what are your thoughts?

Discuss/Disgust (because we're talking about worst and not best)
You guys have the worst profile pictures :-D
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
If Zverev had won it I would have no hesitation saying it was the worst. He played some abysmal tennis just to get the final.

But Thiem mostly took care of business. Medvedev is a quality-ish SF opponent. And while the seeding was wack with so many guys missing, he did at least play all seeded players in his final 5 matches of the tournament.
 

The Guru

Hall of Fame
It's a strong contender for the post 2000s era which is all I've really watched but I'm sure there were some before then that were comparable. Also Ivanisevic, Gaudio, Costa, Johannson, Fed AO 18. Hell even Roddick played this bad in his semi vs Nalby but was way better in the final whereas Thiem played a good semi but a bad final. This match is getting trashed to hard. Big 3 were just ridiculous.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
Most pathetic display I've seen in my 27 years of actively watching tennis. Certainly two of the worst and least impressive athletes I've seen in a slam final considering the awful serving level.

Horrible serving, sluggish movement, mediocre ballstriking, choking, nerves. My goodness. To watch both guys casually sauntering 10 feet behind the baseline as they roll balls back in was the stuff of nightmares. The intensity of hitting and movement belongs in the first week of a major. This type of tennis would get annihilated in any other era.
 

ibbi

Legend
I don't know about ever, but a relatively recent one just off the top of my head - Nadal was an absolute bag of trash for at least 4 rounds of Roland Garros 2011.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Thiem literally beat Medvedev in straight sets (who was the favourite for the title once Djoko got defaulted).

Before that he thrashed De Minaur and before that he thrashed Felix with two breadsticks.

You're really going to judge the entire slam based on the first 2 sets of the final?

Stupid.
 
Sharapova, Wimbledon 2004. She was insanely lucky she wasn't eliminated in either the QF or SF or that tournament before she even got the final. She was having the mother of all meltdowns in the SF before it rained.
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Certainly the weakest draw I've seen in a long, long time, but I was referring to level of play a bit more than the level of the draw. Nadal played pretty well in that Slam despite the cakewalk.
Wasn't Nadal drawn to play Roger Federer in the semis of the US Open 2017; the same Roger Federer who had already won two slams that year?
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Thiem's 2020 USO:

1R: 7-6 6-3 (Munar, retired)
2R: 6-3 6-2 6-2 (Nagal)
3R: 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 (#31 Cilic)
4R: 7-6 6-1 6-1 (#15 Felix)
QF: 6-1 6-2 6-4 (#21 De Minaur)
SF: 6-2 7-6 7-6 (#3 Medvedev)
Final: 2-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 7-6 (#5 Zverev)

Beats 5 seeds, 1 slam champ (Cilic) and two top 10 payers. Dropped 82 games all tournament with an average of 11 games lost per match.

Nadal's 2017 USO:

1R: 7-6 6-2 6-2 (Lajovic)
2R: 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 (Daniel)
3R: 6-7 6-3 6-1 6-3 (LL Mayer)
4R: 6-2 6-4 6-1 (Dolgopolov)
QF: 6-1 6-2 6-2 (Rublev)
SF: 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 (#24 DelPo)
F: 6-3 6-3 6-4 (#28 Anderson)

Beats 2 seeds, 1 slam champ (DelPo), 0 top 20 players. Dropped 69 games all tournament, average of around 10 games lost per match.

Yet look at the caliber of opponents

Nadal from the 2R to the QF: Taro Daniel, lucky loser Mayer, Dolgopolov and unseeded Rublev.
Thiem from the 2R to the QF: Nagal, #31 Cilic, #15 Felix, #21 De Minaur.


Thiem's slam run isn't even the weakest US Open title run in the last 5 years let alone ever. Nadal takes the cake. LOL.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Thiem's 2020 USO:

1R: 7-6 6-3 (Munar, retired)
2R: 6-3 6-2 6-2 (Nagal)
3R: 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 (#31 Cilic)
4R: 7-6 6-1 6-1 (#15 Felix)
QF: 6-1 6-2 6-4 (#21 De Minaur)
SF: 6-2 7-6 7-6 (#3 Medvedev)
Final: 2-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 7-6 (#5 Zverev)

Beats 5 seeds, 1 slam champ (Cilic) and two top 10 payers. Dropped 82 games all tournament with an average of 11 games lost per match.

Nadal's 2017 USO:

1R: 7-6 6-2 6-2 (Lajovic)
2R: 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 (Daniel)
3R: 6-7 6-3 6-1 6-3 (LL Mayer)
4R: 6-2 6-4 6-1 (Dolgopolov)
QF: 6-1 6-2 6-2 (Rublev)
SF: 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 (#24 DelPo)
F: 6-3 6-3 6-4 (#28 Anderson)

Beats 2 seeds, 1 slam champ (DelPo), 0 top 20 players. Dropped 69 games all tournament, average of around 10 games lost per match.

Yet look at the caliber of opponents

Nadal from the 2R to the QF: Taro Daniel, lucky loser Mayer, Dolgopolov and unseeded Rublev.
Thiem from the 2R to the QF: Nagal, #31 Cilic, #15 Felix, #21 De Minaur.


Thiem's slam run isn't even the weakest US Open title run in the last 5 years let alone ever. Nadal takes the cake. LOL.
Nadal dropped sets to Taro Daniel and to lucky loser Mayer. Thiem dropped just one set until the final and it was to the 2014 US Open champion.

But yeah, Thiem embarrassed himself and has the worst slam run ever....
 

Third Serve

Legend
Wasn't Nadal drawn to play Roger Federer in the semis of the US Open 2017; the same Roger Federer who had already won two slams that year?
Pretty obvious I’m talking about how the draw turned out. Fed’s injury and Murray’s late withdrawal really spoiled the tournament.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
I agree for the most part. You'll notice I didn't mention Thiem as a contender. It's just the final itself that got me thinking.

Thiem's form throughout the rest of the tournament should disqualify him from this hall of shame.
A lot of dubious things with this year's final especially when Tim himself admits that he was tight for the first time in years and that went into the third set. Notice this also implies that he generally is never tight.
 
Thiem's 2020 USO:

1R: 7-6 6-3 (Munar, retired)
2R: 6-3 6-2 6-2 (Nagal)
3R: 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 (#31 Cilic)
4R: 7-6 6-1 6-1 (#15 Felix)
QF: 6-1 6-2 6-4 (#21 De Minaur)
SF: 6-2 7-6 7-6 (#3 Medvedev)
Final: 2-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 7-6 (#5 Zverev)

Beats 5 seeds, 1 slam champ (Cilic) and two top 10 payers. Dropped 82 games all tournament with an average of 11 games lost per match.

Nadal's 2017 USO:

1R: 7-6 6-2 6-2 (Lajovic)
2R: 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 (Daniel)
3R: 6-7 6-3 6-1 6-3 (LL Mayer)
4R: 6-2 6-4 6-1 (Dolgopolov)
QF: 6-1 6-2 6-2 (Rublev)
SF: 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 (#24 DelPo)
F: 6-3 6-3 6-4 (#28 Anderson)

Beats 2 seeds, 1 slam champ (DelPo), 0 top 20 players. Dropped 69 games all tournament, average of around 10 games lost per match.

Yet look at the caliber of opponents

Nadal from the 2R to the QF: Taro Daniel, lucky loser Mayer, Dolgopolov and unseeded Rublev.
Thiem from the 2R to the QF: Nagal, #31 Cilic, #15 Felix, #21 De Minaur.


Thiem's slam run isn't even the weakest US Open title run in the last 5 years let alone ever. Nadal takes the cake. LOL.
Good stuff, man! Thank you for fighting the good fight.
 
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