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who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

these are a few players who come to mind who have won only one major.. however, would the proper definition of a 'one-slam wonder' truly apply to those who have made more than one slam final or who are former number ones?

the reason i ask is because it seems totally unfair to lump someone like andy roddick(*) [who's a 5-time slam singles finalist] or andrés Gómez [who's a 2-time slam doubles champion, '86 uso and '88 french open] with a true 'flash in the pan' like gastón gaudio..

michael chang, 1989 french open, 4-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

andrés Gómez, 1990 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 4

michael stich, 1991 wimbledon, 3-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

thomas muster, 1995 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

richard krajicek, 1996 wimbledon, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 4

petr korda, 1998 australian open, 2-time slam singles finlaist, highest singles ranking: 2

carlos moya, 1998 french open, 2-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

goran ivanisevic, 2001 wimbledon, 4-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

thomas johansson, 2002 australian open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 7

juan carlos ferrero, 2003 french open, 3-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

*Andy Roddick, 2003 us open, 5-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

gastón gaudio, 2004 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 5

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

Anyone who has made more than two slam finals, excluding the one they won, I don't think you can call a one-slam wonder, especially if they've reached the finals on two different surfaces. They've shown that they at least have the capability to make multiple slam finals, whereas other guys had a great run in one slam and then didn't do much after that.

Gaudio immediately comes to mind. One slam final at RG, two fourth rounds there in the following two years, but never went past the third round at any other slam before or after then.

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

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these are a few players who come to mind who have won only one major.. however, would the proper definition of a 'one-slam wonder' truly apply to those who have made more than one slam final or who are former number ones?

the reason i ask is because it seems totally unfair to lump someone like andy roddick(*) [who's a 5-time slam singles finalist] or andrés Gómez [who's a 2-time slam doubles champion, '86 uso and '88 french open] with a true 'flash in the pan' like gastón gaudio..

michael chang, 1989 french open, 4-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

andrés Gómez, 1990 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 4

michael stich, 1991 wimbledon, 3-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

thomas muster, 1995 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

richard krajicek, 1996 wimbledon, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 4

petr korda, 1998 australian open, 2-time slam singles finlaist, highest singles ranking: 2

carlos moya, 1998 french open, 2-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

goran ivanisevic, 2001 wimbledon, 4-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

thomas johansson, 2002 australian open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 7

juan carlos ferrero, 2003 french open, 3-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

*Andy Roddick, 2003 us open, 5-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

gastón gaudio, 2004 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 5
Here they are. I missed Albert Costa in the chart. Anyway, I'll add a new relevant dimension, that would be "big victories". That way guys like Krajicek or Gomez could have more consideration.

I think doubles victories has nothing to do with this.

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

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Here they are. I missed Albert Costa in the chart. Anyway, I'll add a new relevant dimension, that would be "big victories". That way guys like Krajicek or Gomez could have more consideration.

I think doubles victories has nothing to do with this.
here's the revised list (including costa):

michael chang, 1989 french open, 4-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

andrés Gómez, 1990 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 4

michael stich, 1991 wimbledon, 3-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

thomas muster, 1995 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

richard krajicek, 1996 wimbledon, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 4

petr korda, 1998 australian open, 2-time slam singles finlaist, highest singles ranking: 2

carlos moya, 1998 french open, 2-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

goran ivanisevic, 2001 wimbledon, 4-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 2

thomas johansson, 2002 australian open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 7

albert costa, 2002 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 6

juan carlos ferrero, 2003 french open, 3-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

*Andy Roddick, 2003 us open, 5-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 1

gastón gaudio, 2004 french open, 1-time slam singles finalist, highest singles ranking: 5

btw, if i missed anyone else, please feel free to point it out..

and as per the doubles reference, point duly noted.. i simply put that in as i felt it shows said player didn't just 'luck into' a one-time slam singles final appearance.. i.e., they were competent and versatile world-class players to begin with..

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

I really hope Djokovic will end up as a two slam wonder.
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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

Oh right, you forgot Del Potro too!

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

Gaudio in a class of his own. Never past 4th round at slams excluding his title run. Not even a final at Masters Series. Only 12 top-10 wins overall.
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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

Gaudio is the epitome of a 1-slam wonder.

Costa, Johansson and Gomex are probably right above that.

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

Gaudio, Costa, Johansson tough battle.

Should probably add Gomez but i won't 'cause he made a great impression on me bossing Agassi in that match.

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Gaudio *just to piss off AJ*

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Roddick should hang it up, go back to Austin, and live off Brooklyn's mega earnings.
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Gaudio, Costa, Johansson tough battle.
Costa and Johansson reached multiple slam QFs and won Masters titles. Though Johansson is unique in the sense that he's the only one-time slam champion who won the title without facing a single Top-10 player.
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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

Anyone who's made more than one slam final isn't a one slam wonder. Because then that would mean that they performed well more than once.

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Re: who are the atp's 'true' one-slam wonders?

I like Gaudio but he pretty clearly fits the bill.

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