Most butchered slam efforts of all time
This thread is for slams where said player had a really good chance to win them, maybe looked in the best form out of the other players, but for one reason or another met a major hurdle and couldnt win.
This isnt just or mainly for players who fell badly in the final. Could be a hurdle in the start or in the middle of the tournament.
08 Australian Open, Andy Murray lost in 4 tight sets to Jo Wilfried Tsonga in round 1, who went on to reach the final. Murray was one of the favourites going in. He may have done very well if not for meeting Tsonga. That draw could have opened up for him, and id have given him odds on to beat Nadal in the semi if he made it that far.
David Nalbandian 03 US Open. Not much needs to be written. How different history could have been.
09 French Open, Rafael Nadal. Theres a lot of debate over whether Nadal was injured or not in this tournament, but whatever the result, he couldnt overcome the speed bump of Soderling in RD 4. Up till that point in the tourney, and before, he was heavy favourite.
09 US Open, Federer. Despite a hurdle against Soderling which neally went to a 5th, Fed looked odds on to win this after dispatching Novak in the semis. Let things really get to him in the final and just melted down.
Tommy Hass, French Open 09. This could have been a good tourney for Tommy. Blew 2 sets and a break point lead to Federer.
Federer AO 05. No doubt I think, he was winning this edition had he taken his 4th set tiebreak match point. Huge turning point and another historic 3 slam season for Federer. No disrespect to Hewitt, but he wasnt beating Fed in the final. How much confidence would he have had in the 05 FO semi against Nadal had he won this championship?
Mark Phillipooosis, 03 Wimbledon. Had it not been for the GOAT, and 2 very tight sets, Philipousis could have had his much deserved slam. Very clutch S&V play from Fed here.
Nalbandian Wimbledon 02/AO 06/FO 06 - he was beaten by the better player all 3 times, but a long semi in 02, up 2 sets and a break, and up set and a break in 06 slams respectively represents some big missed chances to go much further.
Djokovic 09 FO - big missed chance here. Had broken through in 08 doing very well against Nadal in the semi. But alas..
Djokovic 11 FO - still not quite to terms with what happened here. Think the 4 day layoff cost him here. Nevertheless, a Nadal esque clay season but couldnt clean up at the big one despite his pigeon (of that season) lying in wait in the final.
Andy Murray 07 AO, was never beating Federer or Gonzalez, but still, missed a big chance in a highly entertaining 4th round match vs Nadal. Oh how I miss that attacking version of Murray.
09 AO Federer, wow. Not vintage Fed at times, being down 2 sets to 0 against Berdych. But he still was good enough to win this.
05/07/09 AO - Roddick - wow. Poor Roddick. Should have had at least a final down under.
07 US Open Djokovic - really should have got his first slam here I feel. Fed was clutch.
Granando Tobasco, Nikolay Davydenko and others have never reached a final, but have all had stupendous form going into several slams and let themselves down.
2010 AO - Davydenko. Looked form winning the 09 WTF and titles going in to AO, but yet again, butchered it.
Footnote for Fed, 08 Wimbledon, 2010 Wimbledon and others were all tournaments he looked odds on to win.
Juan Martine Del Potro - 2009 French Open. Lots of guys could have won this tournament, but Del Potro should have done better here.
Pat Rafter 2000 WImbledon. Chance to go 2 sets to love up. Would still back Sampy though even with his dicky ticker.
Andre Agassi also could have won 2000 Wimbledon.
Tim Henman/Pat Rafter 2001 Wimbledon. Close yet so far for both.
Rainer Shitler 2003 Australian Open - melted down into nothing in the final.
Any others are welcome.
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.
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