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2009 marks the anniversary of some historic 5-set comebacks at Roland Garros.

2009 marks the anniversary of quite a few epic comebacks from 2 sets to love at Roland Garros, victories that significantly impacted tennis history and the legacies of some players.

5 years ago ---2004

Gaston Gaudio def. Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6


One of the strangest matches I've witnessed. Coria was seen by many as the king of clay at this time. It could be argued that he never fully recovered mentally from losing those two match points. In retrospect 2004 was the end of an age of unpredictability at Roland Garros, the last RG before Nadal burst onto the scene.

10 years ago --- 1999

Andre Agassi def. Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4


Agassi had not made a major final since 1995, and he was viewed by many as a lost cause. He could not match Medvedev's level in the first two sets, and he barely hung on in the third, saving a break point late in the set with a difficult low volley. Without this win, Agassi would not have the career slam. Riding the confidence and fulfillment of this win, he went on to reach the next three major finals (winning USO and AO) and end the year No. 1 for the first time in his career.

20 years ago -- 1989

Michael Chang def. Ivan Lendl 4-6, 4-6 , 6-3, 6-3, 6-3


Who can forget this David vs. Goliath match-up, with cramping, desperate moonballs, underhanded serves and returns from the service line? The 17-year-old Chang would also come back (from 2 sets to 1) to win the final against Edberg. It was to be his only major.


25 years ago --- 1984

Ivan Lendl def. John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5


In McEnroe's greatest year (82 wins, 3 losses), he suffered his most painful defeat. Had he won the French Open, perhaps we would feature him more often in all of our "GOAT" debates. This was Lendl's first major title. He had lost his previous four major finals, but this one gave him the confidence he needed to become a dominant force in the game.

35 years ago --1974

Bjorn Borg def. Manuel Orantes 2-6, 6-7(1), 6-0, 6-1, 6-1


Barely 18 years old, Borg wins his first major title, the first of 6 Roland Garros crowns.

40 years ago -- 1969

Rod Laver def. R. Crealy 3-6, 7-9, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4


While Laver rolled over his opponents in the other rounds, this second round clash was an epic. Without this comeback win, Laver would never have become the only man to win the Grand Slam in the Open Era.

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Re: 2009 marks the anniversary of some historic 5-set comebacks at Roland Garros.

wow great post
definitely all epic historic matches.
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perhaps we will get one this year.
there are many possibilities.
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Re: 2009 marks the anniversary of some historic 5-set comebacks at Roland Garros.

There certainly will be. There's always a few in every grand slam. but they are always in the 1st or 2nd round. Not often are they epic.

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2009 marks the anniversary of quite a few epic comebacks from 2 sets to love at Roland Garros, victories that significantly impacted tennis history and the legacies of some players.

5 years ago ---2004

Gaston Gaudio def. Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6


10 years ago --- 1999

Andre Agassi def. Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4


20 years ago -- 1989

Michael Chang def. Ivan Lendl 4-6, 4-6 , 6-3, 6-3, 6-3


25 years ago --- 1984

Ivan Lendl def. John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5


35 years ago --1974

Bjorn Borg def. Manuel Orantes 2-6, 6-7(1), 6-0, 6-1, 6-1


40 years ago -- 1969

Rod Laver def. R. Crealy 3-6, 7-9, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4

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Ohh my GOODNESS! It shows up every 5 years!! It's about time for another one.

and the pattern is also there: EVERY time the winner came back from two sets down (0:2)!!
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Ohh my GOODNESS! It shows up every 5 years!! It's about time for another one.

and the pattern is also there: EVERY time the winner came back from two sets down (0:2)!!
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this is the kind of thread that should have been opened AFTER the tournament
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this is the kind of thread that should have been opened AFTER the tournament
(no harm meant MisterQ )
I thought of it as an appetizer.

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Ohh my GOODNESS! It shows up every 5 years!! It's about time for another one.

and the pattern is also there: EVERY time the winner came back from two sets down (0:2)!!
This didn't happen in 1979, though. Guess Borg was just too good...

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yeah, you thought well, but you know, the jinxers jump on the slightless opportunity

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yeah, you thought well, but you know, the jinxers jump on the slightless opportunity
This is true. Well, at least I'm not Bud Collins.

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All very important, except Medvedev's choke.
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Yep. Had McEnroe not completely collapsed from 2 sets and a break up (his 1st serve % had fallen to an abysmal 30% or lower in the final sets) he most certainly would've went to Australia for the grand slam. Could've completely changed his history around.

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2009 marks the anniversary of quite a few epic comebacks from 2 sets to love at Roland Garros, victories that significantly impacted tennis history and the legacies of some players.

5 years ago ---2004

Gaston Gaudio def. Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6


One of the strangest matches I've witnessed. Coria was seen by many as the king of clay at this time. It could be argued that he never fully recovered mentally from losing those two match points. In retrospect 2004 was the end of an age of unpredictability at Roland Garros, the last RG before Nadal burst onto the scene.
well in interview last year. coria stated that losing in roland garros final still haunts him. so it seems he never got over it and now hes retired due to this.

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Wow, great notice.

Let's hope new history will be written this year too! Last year was so boring
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