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Worst Chokes You Have Seen...

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 04:49 PM
What are the worst chokes you have seen, whether playing well all tournament and freezing with fear in the final, or letting a huge lead slip away.
And these aren't related to injury or the other player stepping it up a level:

Todd Martin v Carlos Moya, 2000 US Open

Paul Henri Matthieu v Andre Agassi, 2002 French Open

Greg Rusedski v Todd Martin, 1999 US Open

Todd Martin v Mali Vai Washington, 1996 Wimbledon

Pat Rafter v Pete Sampras, 2000 Wimbledon

Ivan Ljubicic v Stefan Koubek, 2001 Australian Open

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 04:52 PM
Gaudio Coria FO 04

Graf Novotna Wimbledon 93 (I know MTF)

I'll add more later if I can think of some

PaulieM
10-04-2005, 04:53 PM
coria vs. gaudio RG 2004
blake vs. agassi USO 2005

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 04:53 PM
oh yeah, whenever Mauresmo gets to the semis of a slam :haha: or ever plays the FO :eek:

El Legenda
10-04-2005, 04:55 PM
Ivan Ljubicic v Stefan Koubek, 2001 Australian Open

not correct Ljubicic lost to Grosjean in 2001 AO in 3 sets.

2002 was the year-R32 Ferreira, Wayne (RSA ) 43 6-4 6-4 6-7(3) 3-6 5-7

PaulieM
10-04-2005, 04:55 PM
oh yeah, whenever Mauresmo gets to the semis of a slam :haha: or ever plays the FO :eek:
:sad:

also throw in clijsters vs. davenport RG 2005

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 04:57 PM
:sad:

also throw in clijsters vs. davenport RG 2005

J2H Clijsters U.S.O. 03 that was terrible :banghead:

AgassiDomination
10-04-2005, 04:57 PM
Coria '04 RG, I felt so sorry for the guy. I think hes turned bitter since then lol

George_Hanson
10-04-2005, 04:58 PM
Jana Novotna vs Chanda Rubin. I dont remember the year, Novotna was 5-0 40-0 up in 3rd, had 9 matchpoints and all she did was crying after she lost 5-7

PS Roland Garros

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 05:01 PM
how about Johannson Safin 02 Aus. final, does that go down as a choke?

Gonzalo81
10-04-2005, 05:01 PM
blake vs. agassi USO 2005

I wouldnīt count this as a choke :confused:

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 05:03 PM
Was thinking more of the men than the women, the girls seem to choke all the time, even the top ones, Hingis v Capriati Australian Open 2003, Clijsters v Venus Wimbledon 2003 or even Davenport v Sharapova at Wimbledon last year.

Coria v Gaudio was shocking, but Coria was injured. Todd Martin is a name that come up again and again, what about his 2000 exploits against Agassi in the Wimbledon second round?

PaulieM
10-04-2005, 05:03 PM
I wouldnīt count this as a choke :confused:
the original poster said times they've had a big lead and let it slip away, i'd call 2 sets to love and up a break a big lead. james had that match and let him back in. it wasn't all about andre starting to play better, james couldn't close it out.

El Legenda
10-04-2005, 05:03 PM
I wouldnīt count this as a choke :confused:

that was a choke. did u watch that?

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 05:06 PM
I'm surprised noone has mentioned these ones:

Nalbandian v Roddick US Open 2003

Medvedev v Agassi Roland Garros 1999

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 05:06 PM
I choke all of the time :crying2:

ClaycourtaZzZz.
10-04-2005, 05:07 PM
Federer vs. Safin AO

revolution
10-04-2005, 05:08 PM
Guillermo Canas bt Tim Henman (AO 2004) 6-7 5-7 7-6 7-5 9-7
Lleyton Hewitt bt Roger Federer (DC semi 03) 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1
Andre Agassi bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (RG 2002) 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-3
Mikhail Youzhny bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (DC final 2002) 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4
Jose Acasuso bt Andy Roddick (RG 2005) 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 8-6
Tim Henman bt Slava Dosedel (DC 1R 2000) 6-7 5-7 6-1 7-5 6-3

mandoura
10-04-2005, 05:09 PM
Jana Novotna vs Chanda Rubin. I dont remember the year, Novotna was 5-0 40-0 up in 3rd, had 9 matchpoints and all she did was crying after she lost 5-7

PS Roland Garros

This is my choice too :eek: . I was going to post it but thought this was only for ATP.

Anyway, ATP or WTA, for me, this was the worst choke ever. :)

Edit to add:
"Chanda Rubin defeats Jana Novotna 7-6, 4-6, 8-6 in the French Open's third round (1995) ...
... The Rubin victory was astounding as the young American somehow came back from a 5-0, 40-0 triple-match-point hole in the final set to win."
http://ww1.sportsline.com/b/page/pressbox/finnr122095.htm

PaulieM
10-04-2005, 05:10 PM
Lleyton Hewitt bt Roger Federer (DC semi 03) 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1

yeah that was pretty bad :o

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 05:11 PM
Federer vs. Safin AO

I guess this could be seen as a choke but I really don't see it that way

Lee
10-04-2005, 05:12 PM
oh yeah, whenever Mauresmo gets to the semis of a slam :haha: or ever plays the FO :eek:

Or like most of Davenport's losts in Slam recent years :o

The worst was R16 AO2003 vs J2H 7-5 5-7 9-7 after J2H cramped up so bad that she could hardly move.

mandoura
10-04-2005, 05:13 PM
I guess this could be seen as a choke but I really don't see it that way

I don't either.

Roger's defeat by Hewitt in the DC tie is a choke.

Neely
10-04-2005, 05:14 PM
I wouldnīt count this as a choke :confused:
from my angle of view it also was no choke (maybe a little/ordinary one because Blake failed to serve out the match)
a choke for me is not only defined by losing after being up 2 sets to love
the way both players competed in this match, it would be near a shame to speak about a "choke" in a match like that, let alone the "worst choke" :lol:

Some people run around labelling a match as a "choke" way too early.

For some it is already a choke if somebody has a break and then loses the set :lol:

Gonzalo81
10-04-2005, 05:16 PM
from my angle of view it also was no choke
a choke for me is not only defined by losing after being up 2 sets to love
the way both players competed in this match, it would be near a shame to speak about a "choke" in a match like that, let alone the "worst choke" :lol:

Some people run around labelling a match as a "choke" way too early.

For some it is already a choke if somebody has a break and then loses the set :lol:

Agreed....

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 05:16 PM
how about Hewitt Roddick AO semi this year, Roddick played those TBs like a BIOTCH!

ostm89
10-04-2005, 05:16 PM
US OPEN 05 1st rd.

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Karol Beck (SVK) 6-4 2-6 7-5 0-6 7-5

Beck led 4-0 and 5-2 in the 5th and then was unable two hit two balls in a row into the court. Most of his shots weren't even close.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
10-04-2005, 05:19 PM
I guess this could be seen as a choke but I really don't see it that way


After having mp:lol:

Federer vs. Gasquet is the same,....

Julio1974
10-04-2005, 05:20 PM
Caņas losing to Maurice Ruah 3-6 / 3-6 / 7-6 / 6-3 / 6-3 after leading 5-0 in the third set (DC 1999)

El Legenda
10-04-2005, 05:21 PM
no one can beat 6-4 6-4 5-1, 40:15 on serve.

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 05:21 PM
After having mp:lol:

Federer vs. Gasquet is the same,....


it could easily be argued that had Gasquet lost that match, it would have been a choke. Remember Gasquet had MP before Fed had MP

mandoura
10-04-2005, 05:22 PM
from my angle of view it also was no choke (maybe a little/ordinary one because Blake failed to serve out the match)
a choke for me is not only defined by losing after being up 2 sets to love
the way both players competed in this match, it would be near a shame to speak about a "choke" in a match like that, let alone the "worst choke" :lol:

Some people run around labelling a match as a "choke" way too early.

For some it is already a choke if somebody has a break and then loses the set :lol:

Yes, I agree Neely.

PaulieM
10-04-2005, 05:23 PM
I guess this could be seen as a choke but I really don't see it that way
he's being facetious, in his mind federer fans think every match roger loses is a choke.

mandoura
10-04-2005, 05:23 PM
it could easily be argued that had Gasquet lost that match, it would have been a choke. Remember Gasquet had MP before Fed had MP

Yes, tell him. ;)

Julio1974
10-04-2005, 05:24 PM
I'm surprised noone has mentioned these ones:

Nalbandian v Roddick US Open 2003



That was not a choke....

*Ljubica*
10-04-2005, 05:24 PM
All been mentioned before - but I agree with...........

Coria/Gaudio - RG 2004

Nalbandian/Roddick - US Open 2003

Mathieu/Youzhny - DC Final 2002

alfonsojose
10-04-2005, 05:34 PM
The weasel in 2004 RG Final is my favorite :devil:

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 05:35 PM
Yes, tell him. ;)

:dance:

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 05:43 PM
Most of the obvious ones people have mentioned so far.

Arvind Parmar vs Giovanni Lapentti (DC RR 2000) 6-4 6-3 1-6 3-6 3-6
Deciding Davis Cup rubber, on grass and in Britain. Parmar had cruised through the first 2 sets, and looked set to net an easy victory against someone who had played on grass about once in his career. He managed to choke it away and lose the tie for Britain.

Todd Martin vs Andre Agassi (Wimbledon R64 2000) 4-6 6-2 6-7 6-2 8-10
Martin led 5-2, double break in the 5th set. Also had 2 match points.

Todd Martin vs Malivai Washington (Wimbledon SF 1996) 7-5 4-6 7-6 3-6 8-10
Martin led 5-1 in the 5th set.

Tomas Zib vs Michael Kohlmann (St Poelten R32 2005) 6-2 6-7 4-6
Zib led 6-2 5-1 and managed to lose!

Miles Maclagan vs Boris Becker (Wimbledon R128 1999) 7-5 7-6 4-6 5-7 2-6
The British nobody had a chance to make a name for himself, when he should have taken out the tennis legend Boris Becker in his last ever appearance at Wimbledon. He led 2 sets to 0 before getting nervous.

jole
10-04-2005, 06:07 PM
2005 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells, Hard, R32 California, USA Hard

R32 Paul-Henri Mathieu d. Jan Hernych 6-4 4-6 7-6

BOTH were choking so hilariously severely in this match.

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 06:20 PM
2005 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells, Hard, R32 California, USA Hard

R32 Paul-Henri Mathieu d. Jan Hernych 6-4 4-6 7-6

BOTH were choking so hilariously severely in this match.

That is probably my favourite match of all time :worship:

jole
10-04-2005, 06:24 PM
That is probably my favourite match of all time :worship:

I'll never forget it :D Zib was in the stands, casting magic choke spells on both of them.

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 06:28 PM
I'll never forget it :D Zib was in the stands, casting magic choke spells on both of them.

:lol: I had a Zib match in my list a couple of posts back. There has been many more from Zibby but I couldn't remember the exact situations.

SwissMister1
10-04-2005, 06:34 PM
The Paulo matches always stand out for me.

Lu Yen-Hsun had a huge choke this year - he was beating Kristof Vliegen in the 2nd rd. at Chennai 6-1, 5-2 but Vliegen won the next five games to take the set, then Lu choked away another 5-2 lead as well as 2 match points in the last set to lose. Final score of the match 1-6 7-5 7-6 (8)

cecilija
10-04-2005, 06:37 PM
after Guillermito Coriaīs choke in 2004 french open final the worst choke was in bs as 2002 final

Calleri was playing awesome tennis and leading massu 6-2 5-1* and then of a suden lost the match 2-6 7-6(5) 6-2 after wasting two match points in the tiea break

:tape:

cecilija
10-04-2005, 06:44 PM
not every time a player loses after leading two sets to null is a choke :rolleyes:
henamn did not choke but caņas won that match by himself
acasuso did the same.

Guillermo Canas bt Tim Henman (AO 2004) 6-7 5-7 7-6 7-5 9-7
Lleyton Hewitt bt Roger Federer (DC semi 03) 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1
Andre Agassi bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (RG 2002) 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-3
Mikhail Youzhny bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (DC final 2002) 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4
Jose Acasuso bt Andy Roddick (RG 2005) 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 8-6
Tim Henman bt Slava Dosedel (DC 1R 2000) 6-7 5-7 6-1 7-5 6-3

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-04-2005, 06:45 PM
Paulo vs Canas in RG
Paulo vs Misha in DC
Juan vs Behrend in Palermo

onewoman74
10-04-2005, 06:45 PM
Pat Rafter losing to Sampras- Wimby Final 2000
7-6(10) 6-7(5) 4-6 2-6

It still hurts to this day...

cecilija
10-04-2005, 06:46 PM
gaudio choked against kafelnikov in 2002 daviscuop semis
he was leading *5-2 40-15 in the fife sets and yet lose he found a way to lost the match

he got cramps by nerves :(

shotgun
10-04-2005, 06:49 PM
Federer def. Nadal in the Miami AMS final, this year. That was a hell of a choke from Nadal.

jole
10-04-2005, 06:52 PM
gaudio choked against kafelnikov in 2002 daviscuop semis
he was leading *5-2 40-15 in the fife sets and yet lose he found a way to lost the match

he got cramps by nerves :(

Line calls had nothing to do with Gaudio's loss, right?!

El Legenda
10-04-2005, 07:06 PM
No one can beat 6-4 6-4 5-1 *40-15. then losing 5-7 in 5th,

MisterQ
10-04-2005, 07:12 PM
Medvedev v Agassi Roland Garros 1999

I think there was only one game in that match that I could really label a choke. That's when Medvedev let the crowd distract him a bit and lost serve (and thus the set) easily at 4-5 in the third set.

Other than that, though, I think it was a matter of Medvedev coming back to earth (he was playing out of his mind for a while there) and Agassi getting his feet moving and his usual game back. If someone is playing like a genius, and then falls to his usual level, I don't know if I would consider it a choke. It's hard to stay inspired for three full sets.

To some extent I would say this about the recent Blake/Agassi match, although Blake certainly had a lot more chances.

Fumus
10-04-2005, 07:17 PM
Your mom last night. But then I told her it was ok, most women do.

Andieke
10-04-2005, 07:20 PM
from my angle of view it also was no choke (maybe a little/ordinary one because Blake failed to serve out the match)
a choke for me is not only defined by losing after being up 2 sets to love
the way both players competed in this match, it would be near a shame to speak about a "choke" in a match like that, let alone the "worst choke" :lol:

Some people run around labelling a match as a "choke" way too early.

For some it is already a choke if somebody has a break and then loses the set :lol:

I agree, you've got to be very carefull using that word. Now days all you have to do is lose a match and you'll be called a choker. You know, sometimes, when the other player is behind, it's quite possible that they play with nothing to lose and that can bring them back in the match and evenuatly win that one.

I'm not saying that there no chokers, but sometimes, just sometimes, your favourite player, or the player that should win that match comes across a better player, or has a bad day at the office.

lorenz
10-04-2005, 07:30 PM
I only remember

Caudio def. Coria RG 2004 worst of them
Acasuso def Roddick RG 2005

*Ljubica*
10-04-2005, 07:39 PM
I forgot to mention Gasquet v Gaudio at Bercy in 2003. Gasquet had about 6 match points in the 2nd set having raced through the 1st 6-1. But then he completely choked to lose the match. Final score was 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 to Gaudio.

cecilija
10-04-2005, 07:44 PM
Blake choked clearly.....
he was outplaying agassi , leading 6-3 6-3 a break in the third
and then choke. even i think he was serving for the match in the fifth set????????????????????????

a clear choke

MisterQ
10-04-2005, 07:46 PM
Blake choked clearly.....
he was outplaying agassi , leading 6-3 6-3 a break in the third
and then choke. even i think he was serving for the match in the fifth set????????????????????????

a clear choke

Agassi played a brilliant return game to get back on serve at 4-5 in the fifth.

Perhaps other places in the match could be labelled as chokes by Blake, but personally I wouldn't call it a choke at the end.

shotgun
10-04-2005, 07:47 PM
Your mom last night. But then I told her it was ok, most women do.

:lol: :devil:

BlackSilver
10-04-2005, 07:50 PM
To choke a match away has nothing to do with being 2 sets to love and then losing. To choke is when a player play very poorly in the decisive moments or/and being way ahead in score and suddenly start playing incredible bad to see
itself turning the match situation

shotgun
10-04-2005, 08:18 PM
Oh, I remembered one more: Mello losing 7 match points against Hrbaty in Los Angeles this year.

jole
10-04-2005, 08:30 PM
Oh, I remembered one more: Mello losing 7 match points against Hrbaty in Los Angeles this year.

That was another unforgettable one for me :)

Damita
10-04-2005, 08:31 PM
I guess this could be seen as a choke but I really don't see it that way
Me neither. Safin was exhausted, Fed was on fire. It was a logical outcome.

But as you said, the To-Jo/ Safin final of AO 2002 was a big choke.

Same for Coria vs Gaudio in RG last year.
And PHM vs Youzhny in the DC final in 2002 (and also many others of Paulo's matches sadly :o)

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 08:55 PM
Federer def. Nadal in the Miami AMS final, this year. That was a hell of a choke from Nadal.

Nonsense....

1. Nadal was screwed over by a shocking line call.
2. Federer raised his game by about 50%
3. Nadal's serve was very weak at the time. Being a break ahead with the serve he had wasn't that big an advantage. He was vulnerable to being broken on every service game.

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 09:03 PM
A true choke is when a player is to terrified to win.

Truc
10-04-2005, 09:12 PM
Me neither. Safin was exhausted, Fed was on fire. It was a logical outcome.

But as you said, the To-Jo/ Safin final of AO 2002 was a big choke.
I think they mean the semi-final 2005 because Fed had MP. But that wasn't a choke either.

If Tojo-Safin was a choke, then Ferrero-Costa in RG 2002 was a choke too, imo. The better player playing very poorly during the whole decisive match.

But I agree, Coria is the clear winner here, he really was "too terrified to win", you could see that on his face.

Puschkin
10-04-2005, 10:01 PM
But as you said, the To-Jo/ Safin final of AO 2002 was a big choke.


Don't mention that one, it still gives me stomach cramps :mad: .

Damita
10-04-2005, 10:01 PM
I think they mean the semi-final 2005 because Fed had MP. But that wasn't a choke either.oh ok. yeah well not a choke either like you said.

If Tojo-Safin was a choke, then Ferrero-Costa in RG 2002 was a choke too, imo. The better player playing very poorly during the whole decisive match.
d'oh! i had forgotten this one *slaps forehead* masterpiece :rolleyes:

Damita
10-04-2005, 10:02 PM
Don't mention that one, it still gives me stomach cramps :mad: .
i know, same here. I have it on tape. I'm unable to watch it again though :p

Saumon
10-04-2005, 10:04 PM
If Tojo-Safin was a choke, then Ferrero-Costa in RG 2002 was a choke too, imo. The better player playing very poorly during the whole decisive match.

you cant mention this one without mentioning the sf between jcf and marat :retard:

Puschkin
10-04-2005, 10:07 PM
i know, same here. I have it on tape. I'm unable to watch it again though :p

I never watched it again, the thought alone makes me :mad: and :sad:

Damita
10-04-2005, 10:13 PM
I never watched it again, the thought alone makes me :mad: and :sad:
I did, once. But that wasn't funny at all... 1set was okay, but they kept showing the blonde girls and commenting on them :rolleyes:.... and the following sets well... :sad:
i don't know why i keep that tape :retard:

NYCtennisfan
10-04-2005, 10:36 PM
To choke a match away has nothing to do with being 2 sets to love and then losing. To choke is when a player play very poorly in the decisive moments or/and being way ahead in score and suddenly start playing incredible bad to see
itself turning the match situation

Exactly. Agassi raised his game against Blake and Fed raised his game against Nadal. A lot of people forget that Federer made 60+ UE's in the first 3 sets against Nadal. 60! Some of that had to do with Nadal but a lot of it was him playing really poorly as in dumping 79 mph 2nd serves into the bottom of the net. Nadal didn't do any choking in that one and I doubt Nadal will be doing any choking any time soon.

NYCtennisfan
10-04-2005, 10:37 PM
from my angle of view it also was no choke (maybe a little/ordinary one because Blake failed to serve out the match)
a choke for me is not only defined by losing after being up 2 sets to love
the way both players competed in this match, it would be near a shame to speak about a "choke" in a match like that, let alone the "worst choke"

Some people run around labelling a match as a "choke" way too early.

For some it is already a choke if somebody has a break and then loses the set

I'd good rep you Neely but I have to spread it around first. :)

Duncan
10-04-2005, 10:44 PM
Henman losing to Goran in the Semis at wimbledon is a choke to me

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 10:45 PM
I remember the Ferrero-Costa final at Roland Garros. That was an appalling first two sets from Ferrero, who's game had hit a purple match earlier in the tournament when he defeated Agassi and Safin back to back. After Costa dropped his level and Ferrero won the third set and looked stronger in the opening games of the fourth, I though we might be in for a repeat of the Agassi-Medvedev result!
Kudos to Costa though, that match made me really respect how beautifully fluent his shots are.

Action Jackson
10-05-2005, 04:04 AM
Coria v Gaudio was shocking, but Coria was injured. Todd Martin is a name that come up again and again, what about his 2000 exploits against Agassi in the Wimbledon second round?

How was Coria injured? Come on get the facts right, any medical professional will you tell you cramp is not an injury. He choked and that's all.

Federerhingis
10-05-2005, 06:48 AM
Gotta go with Coria french open 2004, men he was playing so beautifully and had the match within his hands. It was a schocker I am sure Vilas probably had more in mind a congratulatory speach for his name sake than for his other country men.

rommel99
10-05-2005, 07:13 AM
malisse beating youzhny this year in the us open after youzhny having a big lead.. i mean losing against a normal player after leading 2 sets to 0 is a big choke already but losing with that kind of lead against a tanker like malisse? that has to be some kind of an achievement..

silverwhite
10-05-2005, 07:50 AM
Mathieu vs Agassi FO 2002
Mathieu vs Youzhny DC Final 2002
Mathieu vs Sargsian US Open 2004
Mathieu vs Canas RG 2005

Do I have to say more? :o

Deea
10-05-2005, 08:10 AM
I'm afraid Coria - Gaudio RG 2004 is my chice too...God I could have bet on everything that Guille will win...I was so :(

claudine140
10-05-2005, 08:38 AM
moya is a master in this
not only his match against martin tod in usopen but look what happened in the final of the masterscup in 1998. He was leading with 2/0 and a break in the third set against Corretja, and still lost the match in five sets!!!

Adman
10-05-2005, 09:56 AM
coria vs. gaudio RG 2004
blake vs. agassi USO 2005

I would count Coria as a little choke but as for Agassi-Blake never this was one of the highlight matches of the US Open 2005 for me anyway!!

Deivid23
10-05-2005, 10:47 AM
I wonīt count the obvious one (some of Gaudio, PHM classics), but here you have a couple of them not mentioned so far.

Verdasco vs Soderling (RG2005) ->

2005 Roland Garros, Clay, R128
6 1 6 3 3 6 3 6 3 6

Fernando cruising during 2 first sets, then Soderling asked for the trainer as it looked he couldnīt breathe and had problems with heat (I honestly thought he was gonna retire), and then all of sudden Verdasco thinks match is over and manages to lose in 5 with ease :shrug:

(There are plenty of similar examples from Verdasco, to be honest)

Nadal vs Ferrer (Sttutgart 2004)

2004 Stuttgart, Clay, Q
3 6 7 6 5 7

Nadal getting killed in 2 first sets, he was trailing 6-3 4-2, he manages to come back and win the 2nd set in the TB, then goes ahead 5-3 in the 3rd and has 5-4 *40-0 to get 3 mp. He loses 5 points in a row and then he won only 2 or 3 points more to lose 5-7

vincayou
10-05-2005, 11:03 AM
The worst I have seen lately are Coria Gaudio and PHM Youzhny.

During the RG 2004 final, after the first 2 sets, Coria was dominating so much that I started to have pity for Gaudio.

During the davis cup final, the first 2 sets were one sided as well (not as much but still), noone amongst the russians were believing that Youzhny could pull this out, they were all looking sorry for themselves. But PHM is PHM.
Sadly for him, it's so far the defining moment of PHM's career.
I won't even mention the last French open, where he decided PURPOSELY to serve 2nd serve on his 2 MP against Canas. The guy is a legend.

bad gambler
10-05-2005, 12:46 PM
Bjorkman d ToJo - indian wells 2005

bad gambler
10-05-2005, 12:53 PM
moya d srich - 2005 chennai

Black Adam
10-05-2005, 01:04 PM
Roddick vs Verdasco at Rome this year
Roddick managed to blow 4 mps and then serve for the match :banghead:
Also the USO 2003 Semi is not a choke....Roddick fought his way out of deep trouble; with an ace to save mp there is not a lot Nalby could do.

gillian
10-05-2005, 02:03 PM
Coria 04 Roland Garros :eek: :eek:

Yeah, I'm still not over that one.

gillian
10-05-2005, 02:59 PM
Ok, I had to think about it for awhile. Reading through the responses certainly jogged my memory. I have a few.

Gaudio d. Coria ('04 Roland Garros Final). Oh how I still hurt over the outcome of this match. Kudos to Gaston for staying in it mentally, but Guillermo, Guillermo, Guillermo! What WERE you thinking.

Costa d. Ferrero ('02 Roland Garros Final). I felt sick during the first two sets. JC picked a bad time to come down with a case of nerves.

Johannson d. Safin ('02 AO Final). I actually didn't get over this loss until Safin won the AO this year. There was just no reason for Marat to lose this match.

Ginepri d. Coria ('05 USO Quarters). Another time where I wanted to jump onto the court and slap some sense into Guillermo.

Grosjean d. Agassi ('01 Roland Garros Quarters). Agassi won the first set easily; then, Bill Clinton shows up and Seb runs away with the next three. Still don't know why that happened.

And last, but not least, is a match I remember from (I think) 1999. It's not really a choke, just a bizarre match. I believe it was the final in Indianapolis. Agassi vs. Correjta. Agassi was cruising, then, during one point, he smashed an overhead into Corretja's chest (accidentally, of course). Corretja was winded, but fine. But, I think it shook up Andre to think he might have injured his opponent. He ended up losing the match. Does anyone else remember this?

Federerhingis
10-05-2005, 08:42 PM
Ok, I had to think about it for awhile. Reading through the responses certainly jogged my memory. I have a few.

Gaudio d. Coria ('04 Roland Garros Final). Oh how I still hurt over the outcome of this match. Kudos to Gaston for staying in it mentally, but Guillermo, Guillermo, Guillermo! What WERE you thinking.

Costa d. Ferrero ('02 Roland Garros Final). I felt sick during the first two sets. JC picked a bad time to come down with a case of nerves.

Johannson d. Safin ('02 AO Final). I actually didn't get over this loss until Safin won the AO this year. There was just no reason for Marat to lose this match.

Ginepri d. Coria ('05 USO Quarters). Another time where I wanted to jump onto the court and slap some sense into Guillermo.

Grosjean d. Agassi ('01 Roland Garros Quarters). Agassi won the first set easily; then, Bill Clinton shows up and Seb runs away with the next three. Still don't know why that happened.

And last, but not least, is a match I remember from (I think) 1999. It's not really a choke, just a bizarre match. I believe it was the final in Indianapolis. Agassi vs. Correjta. Agassi was cruising, then, during one point, he smashed an overhead into Corretja's chest (accidentally, of course). Corretja was winded, but fine. But, I think it shook up Andre to think he might have injured his opponent. He ended up losing the match. Does anyone else remember this?


Oh my God I still get the creeps when I remember how Ferrero just disappeared mentally and spiritually from stade Roland Garros versus Costa. I mean he had made the semis the two previous years, having lost to the back then king of clay Guga and then just melting it away to Costa, it was mind boggling.

Theres just isnt an explanation for Safins loss to Thomas Johansson, that was just like being in delirium, just f--cking unthinkable, but what can we do as Safin fans, he's at worst a great entertainer. :rolleyes:

Puschkin
10-05-2005, 08:53 PM
Oh my God I still get the creeps when I remember how Ferrero just disappeared mentally and spiritually from stade Roland Garros....

This is similar to Marat /Johansson, I don't want to be reminded of it ;)

gillian
10-05-2005, 09:05 PM
This is similar to Marat /Johansson, I don't want to be reminded of it ;)

LOL. I don't like to be reminded of those either. Similarly, I don't like to think about the '04 Roland Garros final. Painful, just painful. :bigcry:

Agassi Aces
10-05-2005, 09:56 PM
1. Todd Martin v Andre Agassi 1999 US Open F
2. Todd Martin v Andre Agassi 2000 Wimbledon R64
3. Andrei Medvedev v Andre Agassi 1999 Roland Garros F
4. Mario Ancic v Andre Agassi 2003 Roland Garros R64
5. Paul-Henri Mathieuv Andre Agassi 2002 Roland Garros R16
6. James Blake v Andre Agassi 2005 US Open QF
7. Andre Agassiv Roger Federer 2005 US Open F
8. Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer 2005 Nasdaq 100 Open F
9. Andrew Murray v David Nalbandian 2005 Wimbledon R32
10.I know its women but she's a big choker and this was one of her worst!:
Kim Clijstersv Serena Williams 2003 Australian Open SF- 5-1 Final Set!!!

Agassi Aces
10-05-2005, 09:56 PM
P.S Clijsters is not a choker now of course after her 2005 US Open win!!!!! LOL

Sjengster
10-05-2005, 09:59 PM
It's nice to see that Johansson, like Verkerk in the RG semis against Coria, has now been assimilated in the collective consciousness under the heading, "Players who pushed the ball back into court and let their superior opponents beat themselves".

After a poor first set it was probably one of his best ever performances, especially considering the occasion. Big serving, BIG returning and very crisp groundstrokes, including that devastating backhand pass that floored Safin in the 4th set TB.

willie
10-05-2005, 10:21 PM
well i have 2 particular chokes:
the first one, coria's being defeat by gaudio at rgs final last year.
the second one(i was in the stadium and couldnt believe it) rafa losing to federer in the nasdaq 100 final this year.

JonnyC21
10-05-2005, 10:57 PM
Mr Hitler: I thought that cramps were impairing Guillermo Coria's movement which caused him to have trouble reaching for balls. Injury or not, it had an inperative effect on the match. I'm still not denying that this was one monolithic choke though, both in the context of the match and of Coria's career leading up to it.

I thought Johansson played a very intelligent last 3 sets against Safin. In the last set and half he was playing flawless service games that made Marat's look shoddy, and moving Safin around the court with very few unforced errors and with power, expoiting Marat's backhand.
While Safin was not playing with authority, I didn't find this match anywhere near as cringeworthy as the Ferrero match.

JonnyC21
10-05-2005, 10:59 PM
How about Coria beating Melzer Jurgen Melzer 3-6,3-6,6-2,6-2,6-4 at Wimbledon this year? Melzer was playing some brilliantly flashy tennis but then losing tight games he should have won, and in the end substance triumphed over style.

tangerine_dream
10-06-2005, 04:16 AM
I know this happened last year but I still can't get over that brilliant choke job Mardy Fish pulled in the gold medal match against a half-dead Massu at the Olympics. :o

Apparently, neither could Mardy. Barely a peep heard from him since. :( :sobbing:

Action Jackson
10-06-2005, 04:20 AM
Mr Hitler: I thought that cramps were impairing Guillermo Coria's movement which caused him to have trouble reaching for balls. Injury or not, it had an inperative effect on the match. I'm still not denying that this was one monolithic choke though, both in the context of the match and of Coria's career leading up to it.

Fact is, it can't be claimed as an injury, when in fact cramp isn't an injury, never occured to you that a player playing better than the previous, also in addition thinking about what he was about to achieve contributed to the mental state of Coria at time, a choke it was and not an injury.

Auscon
10-06-2005, 08:30 AM
Gaudio def Hewitt 2004 RG

Lleyton had the one in the bag!...totally choked it :)

bad gambler
10-06-2005, 08:36 AM
Gaudio def Hewitt 2004 RG

Lleyton had the one in the bag!...totally choked it :)


:lol:

Action Jackson
10-06-2005, 08:44 AM
Juat last week in Palermo was a huge choke.

Christophe Rochus losing to Volandri, he had that match and his nerves failed him.

David Sanchez losing to Spadea in Auckland this year, Sanchez was in the zone and then the fear of winning gripped him and he couldn't close out the match.

Consigliere
10-06-2005, 11:56 AM
Definately

Federer v Hewitt - 2003 Davis Cup Semi Final.

2-0 sets up and serving for match.

Billabong
10-06-2005, 12:12 PM
Nonsense....

1. Nadal was screwed over by a shocking line call.
2. Federer raised his game by about 50%
3. Nadal's serve was very weak at the time. Being a break ahead with the serve he had wasn't that big an advantage. He was vulnerable to being broken on every service game.

very weak:rolleyes: yeah...

Billabong
10-06-2005, 12:16 PM
-2003 Davis Cup Semis Hewitt VS Federer
-2001 Roland Garros 1st Sampras VS Kauffmann (3 match points?)
-2003 Monte Carlo 2nd Norman VS Kuerten (Guga led 6-1, 5-2 and totally blew the rest of the match, total choke)
-Paul-Henri Mathieu choked several times since 2002, I can't recall all of them;)

its.like.that
10-12-2005, 07:05 AM
Koubek 6-4 *4-0 against Lisnard :retard:
Enqvist, *4-0, and up a break twice in the 2nd set as well

these were both within the past 24 hours.

Horatio Caine
10-12-2005, 07:46 AM
Koubek 6-4 *4-0 against Lisnard :retard:
Enqvist, *4-0, and up a break twice in the 2nd set as well

these were both within the past 24 hours.

Didn't see either match but heard that the play in both was :retard:

alfonsojose
10-14-2005, 04:41 PM
This is WTA but .. :rolleyes: :tape:
.. Experienced Russian Likhovtseva led 6-0 in the final-set tiebreak but somehow allowed the French and U.S. Open finalist to win the next eight points for a sensational comeback.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-kremlindc&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Horatio Caine
10-14-2005, 05:24 PM
This is WTA but .. :rolleyes: :tape:
.. Experienced Russian Likhovtseva led 6-0 in the final-set tiebreak but somehow allowed the French and U.S. Open finalist to win the next eight points for a sensational comeback.

Losing to Pierce like that has got to hurt! :haha:

Fumus
10-14-2005, 07:45 PM
Your mom again.