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What are some of the best examples of really low ranked players beating top players?

tommyg6
02-26-2012, 10:42 PM
For me, I go with a top 300 ranked Daniel Nestor defeating then no.1 Stefan Edberg in 1992 I think in Davis Cup.

Other examples?

Sanya
02-26-2012, 10:49 PM
Gasquet wasn`t in TOP-100 when he won his first match against Roger seven years ago. That was impressive.

Ash86
02-26-2012, 10:55 PM
Olivietti vs Fish was pretty good this week.

Not sure what Nadal's ranking was when he beat Albert Costa, reigning French Open champion, at Monte Carlo, but don't think he was top 100 - that was impressive because of the venue & surface.

And of course Bastl beating Sampras at Wimbledon - that was sad. Especially being out on court 2. :sad: Can't imagine Wimbledon ever putting Roger or Rafa out there - the guy was a 7 time champion there - still can't believe they couldn't give him court. 1 at least...

LisaKoh
02-26-2012, 11:02 PM
Safin coming out of nowhere to beat Guga and Agassi in Roland Garros. Federer beating Moya. Nadal beating Federer. Berdych beating Federer in the Olympics. I think Berdbrain was impressive because he had only played five ATP matches then.

Jamoz
02-26-2012, 11:04 PM
George "the beard" Bastl ranking then 145! beating Pete "hairy" Sampras, Wimbledon 2002.

Voo de Mar
02-26-2012, 11:09 PM
Sampras (1) lost to Alami (205) in Doha '94.

Agassi as No. 6 in 2004 lost to Zimonjic (339) and Heahnel (271) in back-to-back matches :)

alter ego
02-26-2012, 11:10 PM
karlovic vs number 1 and defending champion L. Hewitt in Wimbledon 2003.

stewietennis
02-27-2012, 12:54 AM
2003 Wimbledon: Defending Champion Lleyton Hewitt being ousted by Qualifier Ivo Karlovic in the 1st Round

Branimir
02-27-2012, 01:29 AM
Djokovic losing to Kevin Anderson in Miami 2008.

mooncreek
02-27-2012, 04:11 AM
#2 Rafael Nadal losing to #690 Joachim Johansson in Stockholm 2006.

tommyg6
02-27-2012, 04:17 AM
#2 Rafael Nadal losing to #690 Joachim Johansson in Stockholm 2006.

I don't think anyone could top this.

LisaKoh
02-27-2012, 05:16 AM
Tank and Bank from Rafa?

Just kidding, Pim Pim was a USO semi finalist and a decent player who got bogged down with injuries.

feuselino
02-27-2012, 06:55 AM
Federer beating then world nr. 5 Carlos Moya as a 17-year old just inside Top 300 (I think) in Marseille in 1999.

Adri89
02-27-2012, 07:45 AM
S-Hertogenbosch 2007 QF : Wessels (488) def Robredo (7) 6-3, 6-3

I know some people don't count him as a "top player" but still, not often a player outside top 400 beat a top 10.

Adri89
02-27-2012, 08:01 AM
Wimbledon 2000 R64 : Voltchkov (237) def Pioline (6) 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4
The gap is less impressive but he made it in GS and he also managed to beat El Aynaoui (16) during this tournament to reach the SF ranked 237 !!

Thinking about Voltchkov made me think about Dewulff also and his run as qualifier at RG 1997 to SF, where he beated Corretja who was in the top 10 at the time, Norman and Meligeni.

masterclass
02-27-2012, 10:42 AM
Young Lleyton Hewitt (16 y 10 m) won the singles title in Adelaide in 1998 to become the lowest-ranked (#550) winner in the history of the ATP tour. He beat Andre Agassi in the semis. Following the win his ranking climbed to #200 in the world.

Respectfully,
masterclass

samanosuke
02-27-2012, 10:44 AM
Ivanisevic winning wimbledon

asmazif
02-27-2012, 10:52 AM
Wimbledon 2000 R64 : Voltchkov (237) def Pioline (6) 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4
The gap is less impressive but he made it in GS and he also managed to beat El Aynaoui (16) during this tournament to reach the SF ranked 237 !!

Thinking about Voltchkov made me think about Dewulff also and his run as qualifier at RG 1997 to SF, where he beated Corretja who was in the top 10 at the time, Norman and Meligeni.

Both awesome runs (especially with the 'Vladiator' story - he watched Gladiator numerous times which inspired him to makes the SFs as a lowly-ranked qualifier, heroic stuff), and Dewulf reached the QF the following year as well, in epic Popp/Pironkova-esque fashion.

samanosuke
02-27-2012, 10:56 AM
karlovic vs number 1 and defending champion L. Hewitt in Wimbledon 2003.

2003 Wimbledon: Defending Champion Lleyton Hewitt being ousted by Qualifier Ivo Karlovic in the 1st Round

Karlovic was 203rd, Hewitt was 2nd and defending champion

LisaKoh
02-27-2012, 11:02 AM
Young Lleyton Hewitt (16 y 10 m) won the singles title in Adelaide in 1998 to become the lowest-ranked (#550) winner in the history of the ATP tour. He beat Andre Agassi in the semis. Following the win his ranking climbed to #200 in the world.

Respectfully,
masterclass

Yes and he ditched his planned doubles partner for the Australian Open juniors that year after the title: Roger Federer.

mooncreek
02-27-2012, 12:54 PM
#3 Novak Djokovic lost to #176 Viktor Troicki in Umag 2007. In light of most of their other matches, rather funny.

arm
02-27-2012, 01:16 PM
#3 Novak Djokovic lost to #176 Viktor Troicki in Umag 2007. In light of most of their other matches, rather funny.

He was not #3!

EDIT. Ok maybe he was. :confused: need to check it.

Keyser Soze
02-28-2012, 09:46 AM
• Tommy Haas (#12) losing to Isner (#416) 4-6 7-6 6-7 (Washington '07)
• Nadal (#3) losing to Alex Waske (#147) in round 1 Halle '05
• Hewitt (#1) losing to Francisco Clavet (#178), 4-6 4-6 (Miami Masters '03)
• Gaudio (#9) going out in R1 at US Open 2005, losing in straight sets to Brian Baker (#195)
• Berdych (#23) losing to Dimitrov in Rotterdam '09, Grigor being ranked 478 at that time

StevoTG
02-28-2012, 09:54 AM
Yes and he ditched his planned doubles partner for the Australian Open juniors that year after the title: Roger Federer.

Not to worry, they got to team up on the main tour at Wimby in 2000.

nalbyfan
02-28-2012, 01:09 PM
Olivetti beating Fish
Ruffin beating Safin
Seppi beating Nadal

RoddickFan88
02-28-2012, 01:47 PM
(512)Wesley Whitehouse def. Marat Safin 6-1 6-4 - Indianapolis 2006.

Maybe then Safin wasn't top player but this was a shock!

Action Jackson
02-28-2012, 01:57 PM
Hewitt was ranked #550 when he won Adelaide in 1998.

LisaKoh
02-28-2012, 02:09 PM
2 of the "upset kings" were junior GS champs, if I'm not mistaken. Voltchkov for Wimbledon 1996, Whitehouse for Wimbledon 1997. (Federer 1998, Melzer 1999, Mahut 2000)

Yves.
02-28-2012, 02:19 PM
S-Hertogenbosch 2007 QF : Wessels (488) def Robredo (7) 6-3, 6-3

I know some people don't count him as a "top player" but still, not often a player outside top 400 beat a top 10.

Oh yeah. That tournament was so cool. I remember the final Wessels-Ljubicic. there are no clips of that match on yoututbe, yet it was one the best grass court matches you will ever see. Both players were almost exclusively playing serve & volley and chip & charge.
Wessels lost that match 67 64 67 because Ljubicic went for a forehand side passing shot for the first time in the match in the third set tie break.

Does anyone know a place where I can rewatch some of this match?

tommyg6
02-28-2012, 02:55 PM
My examples,

2002 Wimbledon - 2nd Round, George Bastle (#145) defeats Pete Sampras (#13) in 5 sets.
1992 Davis Cup - 1st Round, Daniel Nestor (#238) defeats Stefan Edberg (#1) in 5 sets.
1976 Australian Open final - Mark Edmondson (#212) defeats John Newcombe (#1)
1997 Rogers Cup - 1st Round, Sebastien Leblanc (#885) defeats Tim Henman (#18) in 3 sets.
1996 Rogers Cup - 2nd Round, Daniel Nestor (#123) defeats Thomas Muster (#2) in straight sets.2
2012 Heineken Open - Play by Play announcer and retired Dominik Hrbaty (#800) defeats Pere Riba (#89).
Davis Cup - Europe Zone Round 1 - Daniel Evans (#276) defeats Lukas Lacko (#65)
2000 Wimbledon - 2nd Round - Vladimir Voltchkov (#237) defeats Cedric Pioline (#6)

sheva07
02-28-2012, 03:39 PM
Robert beating Berdych on RG. Robert wasn't that low ranked but it was still a major upset.

Keyser Soze
02-28-2012, 05:00 PM
Another memorable run at Hertogenbosch was in 2009, when a 31 year old Raemon Sluiter (ranked 866) entered as a Wild Card in the MD and defeated four top 100 players (Gimeno Traver, Baghdatis, Sela and Navarro) to reach the final, which he lost to Benjamin Becker.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
02-28-2012, 05:34 PM
2001 wimbledon federer def sampras

federer at the time had never been past the 1st round at wimbledon before (*1st round exits in 99,00) - sampras was defending champion

and the year after federer lost in the 1st round again

decrepitude
02-28-2012, 06:04 PM
Wimbledon 2005, Radek Stepanek #13 losing to a lad just turned 18 ranked #312 - Andy Murray - caused quite a stir at the time. And the next year at Wimbledon the same lad, then #229, beat Andy Roddick#5.

Doonan
02-29-2012, 09:56 PM
What about world 866 Ian Flanagan beating Mark Philippousis (17) and Victor Hanescu (78) at Queens Club in 2004?

mooncreek
02-29-2012, 10:25 PM
Wimbledon 2005, Radek Stepanek #13 losing to a lad just turned 18 ranked #312 - Andy Murray - caused quite a stir at the time. And the next year at Wimbledon the same lad, then #229, beat Andy Roddick#5.
Andy Murray was ranked in the 40s when he beat Andy Roddick in 2006. But I'll definitely give you the Stepanek match.

mooncreek
02-29-2012, 10:36 PM
In the year Marat Safin won the US Open (2000), he began the Grand Slam season by losing first round at the Australian Open to #472 Grant Stafford. Marat was ranked 23 at that time.

BaselineSmash
02-29-2012, 11:46 PM
Zimonjic(#339) beat Agassi(#6) at St. Poelten in 2004.

Adri89
02-29-2012, 11:49 PM
Ruffin beating Safin


You meant Ouanna, no ? Rufin and Safin never met each other

Adri89
02-29-2012, 11:52 PM
Oh, as you mentioned Flanagan, about surprises on grass, I remember Lipsky (1004) beating Chardy (94) at the second round of qualy in Halle in 2008 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
It was just after the very good RG of Jeremy (when he did his only fourth round). To be fair with Lipsky, he is a very good double player. But still, not often a player outside 1000 beat a top 100, though it was in qualy

Time Violation
03-01-2012, 12:02 AM
Zimonjic(#339) beat Agassi(#6) at St. Poelten in 2004.

Zimonjic is a top doubles player with a strong serve, so not that surprising perhaps :)