I was at work today (doing anything but
) and thinking about how often these 4 guys are unable to serve out sets against each other. So with a little help from the YouTube (for matches that I couldn't quite recall), here are number of times when they lost a set that they served for:
(I also included tiebreaks where they had a set point
on serve):
FEDERER. Unsuccessfully served out
4 sets. Lost them to:
1. Djokovic - 2008 Australian Open:
led 5*-4 in the 1st set.
Lost the match
2. Djokovic - 2011 Australian Open:
led 5*-3 in the 2nd set.
Lost the match
3. Nadal - 2011 Roland Garros:
led 5*-3 in the 1st set.
Lost the match
4. Djokovic - 2011 U.S. Open:
led 5*-3 in the 5th set.
Lost the match
DJOKOVIC. Unsuccessfully served out
3 sets. Lost them to:
1. Federer - 2007 U.S. Open:
led 6*-5 in the 1st set.
Lost the match
2. Federer - 2011 Roland Garros:
led 5*-4 in the 4th set.
Lost the match
3. Nadal - 2011 U.S. Open:
led 6*-5 in the 3rd set.
Won the match
MURRAY. Unsuccessfully served out
2 sets. Lost them to:
1. Nadal - 2010 Wimbledon:
led 6*-5 in the 2nd set tiebreak.
Lost the match
2. Federer - 2010 Australian Open:
led 5*-3 in the 3rd set.
Lost the match
NADAL. Unsuccessfully served out
2 sets. Lost them to:
1. Federer - 2006 Wimbledon:
led 5*-4 in the 2nd set.
Lost the match
2. Federer - 2008 Wimbledon:
led 8*-7 in the 4th set tiebreak.
Won the match
Some observations:
-All the slams have been represented.
-Djokovic & Nadal are the only two players who have "choked" sets but won the match.
-Federer is the only one to lose a lead at 3 different slams
-No one has lost a lead to Murray
-73% of the time, the person who took advantage of the "choke" won the tournament
-5 of these 11 matches come from last year
Please add to this list if I missed any (or point out any mistakes)