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Biggest Upsets in Mens Tennis This Year...

Here's another one, what do you think have been the biggest upsets in Men's Tennis in 2005:

1. Gasquet beats Federer, Monte Carlo.
I never expected this teen prodigy, who came to prominance as a sweet hitting 15 year old, would beat the World Number 1. Written off after failing to make an impact for a couple of years, in spite of his young age. He was just outside the top 100, while his contempory Nadal was making huge waves. This spring he reappeared to knock off Federer in the same place with his fluid backhand. This was in the same place his career had started, Monte Carlo, and the momentum has placed him in a position that many believe will lead to a top 5 spot and grand slam titles.

2. Muller beats Roddick, US Open
While Roddick's solid year continued with a good performance in the US Open series, most would have thought his chances at a fine US Open would be good. There were no signs that there would be any less than a semi final place, and Roddick was brimming with confidence. However he was knocked out by the Luxemburger Giles Muller. While Muller had taken scalps from Agassi and Nadal and there was no doubting his talent, it was thought Roddick would beat him on his home turf. It was not so much the defeat but the straight sets crushing that Muller administered on a day when he could do no wrong and mullered Andy's dreams in 3 tie breaks with his huge lefty serve.

3. Nieminem beats Agassi, Roland Garros
It is very rare for the master to lose 5 set matches from a winning position. It is even rarer for him to lose in the first round of grandslams. It is even more rare for him to lose to players without a huge weapon in his arsenel. This made Agassi's loss to the fin a huge surprise. Agassi was enjoying a much better start to the year than last year, when he was on a horrendous losing streak going into Roland Garros. This time around, he had respectable results including two reasonable showings on clay. I expect Agassi to push the fin all around the court, but injury and persistence from Nieminem caused Agassi to melt down losing the last 2 sets 1 and 0.
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Ljubicic over Agassi 2005 DC
Ljubicic over Roddick 2005 DC
Ljubicic/Ancic vs Bryan's 2005 DC

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The Nieminem d Agassi was the worst in my opinion. 8 time GS winner goes down in the first round of a GS to a nobody, what a shocker!
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Agassi being beaten on clay is not an upset these days.

3 1st round exits by Roddick in big hc events in North America probably would qualify.
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andre loss to Nieminen would have looked a lot less "upset" if he retired when he felt the pain and was leading. I do not see that as one of the big upset of the year

I think Blake def. nadal was a big upset at U.S.O
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I agree with your 3 choices Jonny. I might add Andreev's victory over Nadal in Valencia I think but I am not 100% convinced it is really an upset.

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muller d roddick and ancic/ljubicic d. bryan brothers were both very surprising. definitely also blake d. nadal

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Oh come on! Agassi respected Nieminen so much that he wanted the Finn to win the match properly and not win it by retirement. I watched that match and it moved me and many others. Agassi was in a lot of pain and there was absolutely no way he was going to win as soon as his back went in that third set.
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Doug Flach beating Agassi, first round of Wimbledon in 1996?? Tommy Haas, who then was unknown beating Agassi in second round of Wimbledon in 1998?? And Arnaud Clement beating Agassi in second round of US Open 2000.
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The Nieminem d Agassi was the worst in my opinion. 8 time GS winner goes down in the first round of a GS to a nobody, what a shocker!
Firstly, Niemenen is far from a nobody, he's ranked 35 in the world.
Secondly, his name is spelt with an 'n' at the end of his name.
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Doug Flach beating Agassi, first round of Wimbledon in 1996?? Tommy Haas, who then was unknown beating Agassi in second round of Wimbledon in 1998?? And Arnaud Clement beating Agassi in second round of US Open 2000.
I think you should re-read the title of the thread
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Flip winning a match...in a GS event

...well, beating Beck on grass was unexpected for me anyway
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For me: -

Safin over Federer - Aus Open (Fed seemed to be cruising to the title)

Croatia defeating USA in Davis Cup - Ljubo being the man of the tie, and indeed the run to the final really

Gasquet over Federer - AMS Monte Carlo
Muller over Roddick - US Open
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Mathieu defeating Roddick in straight sets in the first round of Monteal... I had to add him to counterbalance the various times he has been mentionned in the chokers thread...
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Re: Biggest Upsets in Mens Tennis This Year...

Davydenko beating Coria at RG surprised me.

Murray beating Stepanek at Wimbledon as well

Blake beating Nadal at USO

Gasquet beating Federer at MonteCarlo.
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