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.