Having too much time on my hands, I came to think of an old fav of mine who was a "slayer", a player who managed to beat top guys more often than he perhaps should according to his ranking. I'm thinking of Magnus Larsson, who culd beat just about anyone on a good day. (A less flattering word for a player like him would be "underachiever"...)
I collected some stats (on www.tenniscorner.net
) about his records against contemporary players who have at some time during their career been ranked #1. In Magnus case, the players and his H2H against them were the following:
and summing up:
ML - (all contemporary #1:s) 25-36, that is a winning % of 41.
This seems to be a good record for someone who has had 10 as his highest ranking, and never won a tournie for six years. Then again, maybe we should have expected more of Larsson than reaching only 1 major SF.
I did the same with some other players to compare (yup, having nothing important to do for the moment...), a couple of them known as underachievers:
Philippoussis - #1 25-49, 34% W
Chang - #1 62-98, 39% W
Enqvist - #1 43-57, 43% W
Henman - #1 36-56, 39% W
T. Johansson - #1 23-40, 37% W
Gilbert - #1 24-70, 26% W
It's kind of fun to see that my guess about ol' Magnus was right, he really could challenge the top just as good as some better known guys.
Feel free to add other players' stats!