I can't believe it's been that long.
in 2002, Guillermo Cañas, ranked 19th, came out of nowhere to lift his biggest title in his career in one of the most brutal draws the ATP has ever seen.
Cañas came early (thursday morning) thanks to an early exit to Massú in Kitzbuhel to prepare for his first hardcourt tournament since Miami and went all the way despite having to face Roger Federer (#10 back then), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (#5), Marat Safin (#2), Tommy Haas (#3) and Andy Roddick (#12) for the title.
Every single player in his draw was a top ten somewhere in their career. Srichaphan (his 2nd round opponent and #60 back then) just came from upsetting Agassi at Wimbledon and less than a year from that, he would rise to #9 so that makes it even more impressing.
There is a blog from Willy Cañas about this, from ESPN Latin America where he writes a column, describing his week http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blog..._canas&cc=7586
Also, here is the draw for anyone who wants to check it out:
ATP Masters Series Canada, Toronto, Canada; 29.07.2002; SU; Outdoor: Hard; Draw: 64
Round Opponent Ranking Score
R64 Roger Federer (SUI) 10 W 7-6(10), 7-5
R32 Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 60 W 6-2, 6-1
R16 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 5 W 6-2, 6-2
Q Marat Safin (RUS) 2 W 7-5, 6-3
S Tommy Haas (GER) 3 W 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
W Andy Roddick (USA) 12 W 6-4, 7-5
This Event Points: 500, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 19, Prize Money: $392,000
Next time you think about a hard draw, have this one in mind