Writing an article on unlikely slam victories-help needed

I write for a small sports website, and am writing an article on the Top 5 unlikely Grand Slam wins in the past 15 years. By this, I mean a player who was decent, but came up against a much more accomplished player in the final, and won. Both men and women.

My top 5 so far are:

Sharapova at Wimbledon 2004
Stosur at US Open 2011/Kvitova at Wimbledon 2011
Del Potro, US Open 2009
Safin, US Open 2000
Hewitt, US Open 2001

Thinking about Gaudio too, or maybe Johansson. But they didn't build on that success.

Would welcome any additions/deletions to the list.
 

thejoe

Hall of Fame
Thomas Johannson. Beat Safin for the 2002 Aus Open title.

Edit: Wow - I really did not read the OP.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Would you count Ivanisevic's Wimbledon win? I mean, it didn't really get more unlikely than that at the time even though Ivanisevic was really good on grass. Rafter also "only" won 2 slams so he wasn't that much more accomplished than Goran.
 
Would you count Ivanisevic's Wimbledon win? I mean, it didn't really get more unlikely than that at the time even though Ivanisevic was really good on grass. Rafter also "only" won 2 slams so he wasn't that much more accomplished than Goran.
Thought of Goran, and he fits the bill perfectly. But, as you said, Rafter wasn't that much more accomplished. The others in the list beat Serena, Federer, Sampras. But thank you for your opinion :)

Also, Goran's run to the final that year was unlikely. However, before the final, I think they'd have to be considered joint favourites. The others in the list were clearly underdogs going into the final.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
I write for a small sports website, and am writing an article on the Top 5 unlikely Grand Slam wins in the past 15 years. By this, I mean a player who was decent, but came up against a much more accomplished player in the final, and won. Both men and women.

My top 5 so far are:

Sharapova at Wimbledon 2004
Stosur at US Open 2011/Kvitova at Wimbledon 2011
Del Potro, US Open 2009
Safin, US Open 2000
Hewitt, US Open 2001

Thinking about Gaudio too, or maybe Johansson. But they didn't build on that success.

Would welcome any additions/deletions to the list.
Gaudio has to be on the list. His 2004 FO was not only his only Slam win but also his only final, his only SF an his only QF (!) appearance in a Slam, wherease Coria was considered the best clay courter at the time and the heavy favorite to win the title, espeially once we knew that he was gonna face Gaudio in the final.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
Thought of Goran, and he fits the bill perfectly. But, as you said, Rafter wasn't that much more accomplished. The others in the list beat Serena, Federer, Sampras. But thank you for your opinion :)

Also, Goran's run to the final that year was unlikely. However, before the final, I think they'd have to be considered joint favourites. The others in the list were clearly underdogs going into the final.
Was Hewitt that big an underdog in US Open 2001? He was ahead in the rankings (4th vs. 10th), he had beaten Sampras the last two times, they played and was only down 4-3 in the h2h (and some of the defeats coming when Hewitt was really young).

Obviously, Sampras was more accomplished, but he was also having a year that was worse than Fed in 2013.
So not sure this quite fits the bill.

And suppose you have a place for Stan in your list as well.
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
AO 2009 was unlikely too. First final in HC slam for Nadal, long gruelling match against Verdasco in the SF while Fed breezed through Roddick.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
AO 2009 was unlikely too. First final in HC slam for Nadal, long gruelling match against Verdasco in the SF while Fed breezed through Roddick.
they were almost dead even favorites according to the bookies mid-tournament. so no way that one makes the cut.
 

Manus Domini

Hall of Fame
Will we be cited for our contributions?

(Because, seriously, it's plagiarism otherwise. And there's nothing I hate more than stealing someone's work or ideas.)
 
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DMP

Professional
Depends what you mean by 'unexpected'. Is is just because of the ranking of the the winner, in which case Becker at Wimbledon in 1985 is one. Or because the style was felt to be unsuited, in which case Noah winning the French. Or because of triumph over a great obstacle, in which case Muster's French Open.
Or unlikely from a modern perspective, in which case Rosewall winning the USO at age 36. Or victory when there was felt to be little hope in advance (a bit like Wawrinka), in which case Ashe at Wimbledon over Connors.

There are lots of perspectives on 'unlikely', and you could use them to explore not just the results of the matches themselves, but wider themes in tennis history.

EDIT. Clijsters winning the USO after having her first child. Not completely unexpected by the time she got to the final, but unexpected when she announced her retirement to start a family.
 
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