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Luckiest players to reach a master series final

aloniv
08-29-2010, 07:31 PM
I'm referring to players who didn't actually beat any highly ranked players to reach the final. Here's an example I came across (feel free to add any more):

Harel Levy (Canada Masters 2000)
R64 Martin Damm (CZE) 73 W 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3
R32 Stefan Koubek (AUT) 47 W 6-1, 6-3
R16 Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) 27 W 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Q Jerome Golmard (FRA) 61 W 6-4, 6-4
S Jiri Novak (CZE) 55 W 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
F Marat Safin (RUS) 9 L 2-6, 3-6

Can you imagine anyone reaching a Masters final today without beating a top 25 player (and only defeating one top 40 player)?

HKz
08-29-2010, 07:44 PM
Eh Levy's run wasn't that bad, I mean I would think there are more fluky runs out there.

selyoink
08-29-2010, 07:52 PM
Stepanek in 2006 Hamburg had pretty easy road:
1st- Baghdatis
2nd- Phau
3rd- Soderling
QF- Mirnyi
SF- Acasuso
F- crushed by Robredo

mayagaller
08-29-2010, 08:25 PM
Wawrinka in Rome 2008.

aloniv
08-30-2010, 03:24 AM
Wawrinka in Rome 2008.

Wawrinka defeated 2 top ten players (Blake and Roddick) and another top 20 player (Murray) and top 25 player (Ferrero). He might have been lucky that Roddick retired, but he certainly faced higher ranked players than Levy.

FlameOn
08-30-2010, 03:47 AM
Monfils, Paris Bercy '09 was pretty lucky.

.-Federers_Mate-.
08-30-2010, 03:52 AM
wawrinka

aloniv
08-30-2010, 03:58 AM
Monfils, Paris Bercy '09 was pretty lucky.

He still defeated 2 top 15 players (Cilic and Stepanek) to reach the final.

FlameOn
08-30-2010, 04:06 AM
H still defeated 2 top 15 players (Cilic and Stepanek) to reach the final.

He also got Guez instead of Wawrinka, and Benneteau instead of Federer.

aloniv
08-30-2010, 04:14 AM
Another example is Muster winning the Miami masters in 97 without defeating a single top 20 player (although he did defeat 3 top 30 players: Corretja, Bjorkman and Courier and another top 40 player: Bruguera).

Gabe32
08-30-2010, 06:54 AM
JCF Hamburg 2001 maybe?

Har-Tru
08-30-2010, 11:25 AM
This thread needs more Voo.

ZackBusner
08-30-2010, 11:35 AM
Federer Hamburg 2008
Bye
Nieminen (27)
Söderling (48)
Verdasco (28)
Seppi (43)

Federer Cincinnati 2005
Blake (70)
Kiefer (38)
O. Rochus (34)
Acasuso (52)
Ginepri (58)

Federer Toronto 2004
Arazi (36)
Söderling (50)
Mirnyi (34)
Santoro (58)
T. Johansson (99)

BodyServe
08-30-2010, 11:40 AM
It's not all about the ranking, it should be about players' form, how they usually perform on the surface, matchups.....

But thats too much to ask for.

n8
08-30-2010, 11:45 AM
Nalbandian's run to the final of Rome in 2004 (didn't face a top 30 player):
R64 Robin Soderling (SWE) 47 W 6-4, 6-4
R32 Flavio Saretta (BRA) 59 W 6-2, 6-4
R16 Filippo Volandri (ITA) 54 W 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4
Q Vincent Spadea (USA) 34 W 6-4, 6-3
S Albert Costa (ESP) 39 W 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4
F Carlos Moya (ESP) 9 L 3-6, 3-6, 1-6

Moya Miami 2003:

R128 Bye N/A W
R64 Vincent Spadea (USA) 43 W 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
R32 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 160 W 7-6(5), 6-3
R16 Nicolas Escude (FRA) 67 W 6-4, 7-6(8)
Q Robby Ginepri (USA) 61 W 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4)
S Paradorn Srichaphan 13 W 6-4, 6-2
F Andre Agassi (USA) 2 L 3-6, 3-6


Also Henman Indian Wells 2004 (OK, there was Roddick, but look at the ranking of everyone else!):
R128 Bye N/A W
R64 Simon Larose (CAN) 228 W 6-3, 6-2
R32 Alex Corretja (ESP) 98 W 6-4, 6-4
R16 Wayne Arthurs (AUS) 128 W 6-1, 6-3
Q Andy Roddick (USA) 3 W 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-3
S Irakli Labadze (GEO) 90 W 6-3, 6-2
F Roger Federer (SUI) 1 L 3-6, 3-6

Nathaliia
08-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Henman is my favourite, hilarious.