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Biggest Upsets in Mens Tennis This Year...

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 06:23 PM
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.

El Legenda
10-04-2005, 06:29 PM
Ljubicic over Agassi 2005 DC
Ljubicic over Roddick 2005 DC
Ljubicic/Ancic vs Bryan's 2005 DC :)

AgassiDomination
10-04-2005, 06:30 PM
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!

ExpectedWinner
10-04-2005, 06:30 PM
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.

R.Federer
10-04-2005, 06:31 PM
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

mandoura
10-04-2005, 06:31 PM
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. :lol:

PaulieM
10-04-2005, 06:32 PM
muller d roddick and ancic/ljubicic d. bryan brothers were both very surprising. definitely also blake d. nadal

Horatio Caine
10-04-2005, 06:40 PM
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.

Agassi Aces
10-04-2005, 06:43 PM
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.

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 06:46 PM
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.

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 06:46 PM
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 ;)

Horatio Caine
10-04-2005, 06:47 PM
Flip winning a match...in a GS event :rolleyes:

...well, beating Beck on grass was unexpected for me anyway ;)

Horatio Caine
10-04-2005, 06:50 PM
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

*julie*
10-04-2005, 06:53 PM
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... ;)

vincayou
10-04-2005, 06:53 PM
Davydenko beating Coria at RG surprised me.

Murray beating Stepanek at Wimbledon as well

Blake beating Nadal at USO

Gasquet beating Federer at MonteCarlo.

Winston's Human
10-04-2005, 07:26 PM
Christophe Rochus beating Gaston Gaudio in Hamburg.

SwissMister1
10-04-2005, 07:37 PM
Ivo Minar beating Davydenko, Verdasco, Pavel and Stepanek in a row to get to the finals at Sydney - of course all of these guys have been known to drop some bizarre matches from time to time.

revolution
10-04-2005, 07:41 PM
Scud winning today!

deliveryman
10-04-2005, 07:59 PM
Blake def. Nadal on a fast hardcourt isn't that surprising, really.

blosson
10-04-2005, 08:47 PM
It got to be Roddick losing to Muller in round 1 USO.

gillian
10-04-2005, 09:47 PM
Muller defeating Roddick gets my vote. I thought I was in a parallel universe watching that match unfold.

gillian
10-04-2005, 09:54 PM
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... ;)

Thank you for that. I saw that match, and it was a mild shocker. At the time, I didn't really see it as a harbinger of things to come.

oneandonlyhsn
10-04-2005, 10:16 PM
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.

:worship: I hate it that people dont give Jarkko credit :fiery: he is a good player and when he plays well he can challenge anybody

adee-gee
10-04-2005, 10:19 PM
Federer being taken to 5 sets in Miami by someone that can only play on clay was a big upset in my opinion.

Phunkadelicious
10-04-2005, 10:21 PM
Muller defeating Roddick gets my vote. I thought I was in a parallel universe watching that match unfold.

my sentiments exactly. roddick looked like he was ranked out of the top 100 when he played that match :confused:

Mechlan
10-04-2005, 10:48 PM
Did you watch the Nieminen/Agassi match? Given the circumstances, how could that possibly be considered an upset?

tangerine_dream
10-04-2005, 10:55 PM
Muller defeating Roddick gets my vote. I thought I was in a parallel universe watching that match unfold.
What made it even worse was that he had finally exorcised the Hewitt devil only a week before. Then he goes on to crap out against Muller in the first round of his best slam? That was the :retard: WTF :cuckoo: moment of the year.

For more upsets: how about clayking Nadal beating hardcourtking Agassi for the Canada win?

darnyelb
10-04-2005, 10:59 PM
#1 without a doubt = Muller defeats Roddick, US Open 1R

You can't think of another player more pumped up to play an event than Roddick at the US Open (well, aside from Fed at Wimby). So when I saw his draw, I thought round 1 would be a tough match considering Muller's talent and lefty-ness but that Roddick would pull through anyway. But I expected nothing like him losing in straight sets.

#2 Gasquet defeats Federer, Monte Carlo quarters. I knew the kid had talent - didn't think it'd come out like that. His backhand was blazing.

#3 Tursunov defeats Henman, Wimbledon 2R..... man Tim is having a bad year :(

Honorable mentions: Mathieu defeats Roddick, Ljubicic defeats... well the entire US team lol

Upsets that could have happened: Minar & Ferrero (2mps) almost beat Federer, Enqvist nearly took out Roddick once, Nadal achingly close to shutting out Federer in Miami.

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 11:06 PM
Well couldn't finish it off as I had to see my girlfriend, but here's the rest of my list, just to recap.

1. Gasquet d. Federer, Monte Carlo
2. Muller d. Roddick, US Open
3. Niemenen d. Agassi

Then...

4. Davydenko d. Coria, Roland Garros
This was a huge upset I never expected to happen. While it might not be seen that way now, Coria was expected to make the final v Federer / Nadal. While he was not on cruise control like he was last year, he was up there with the best on clay all season, and only Federer and Nadal were playing as well. On his streak to the final, Coria humiliated Davydenko, who was considered to be a dangerous 1st round opponent. This time round Davydenko built on consistancy at a lower level and beat the Argentine in the round of 16.

5. Tursonov d. Henman, Wimbledon
Except a 4th round lost to Philippoussis in 2000, Henman has at least reach the quarters of Wimbledon every year since 1996. That is 4 semis and 4 quarters, a hugely impressive record in the open era. Having reached the another quarter final last year as well as semi final showings at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadow, he had his best grandslam year yet, and was a regular top 4 player. However this year even mediocre result were high lights and he lost disappointingly early in Australia and was affected by injuries the rest of the year.
But Wimbledon was expected to show the grass court specialist some respite as it had done every year. It would take either one of a handful of good grass court players to take him down in the late stages of the Championships. Not so this year. After coming back from the brink against Nieminem, an early omen, Henman slid to an unexpected defeat after squandering a lead against the unknown red haired Russian, Dmitriy Tursonov.

6. Safin d. Federer, Australian Open
Federer was playing such dominant tennis having crushed Andre Agassi in a flurry of winners in the quarters. On a 22 match winning streak against top 10 players at this time he seemed certain to win the title, and while Safin was in fine form, his win-loss record against the world champion was poor, with 2 wins to 7 losses. That included last year, where he beat Agassi and Roddick in thrillers only to be outplayed by Federer.

7. Mathieu d Roddick, Montreal
Here the young Frenchman, famous for choking away the Davis Cup against Russia and throwing away a chance to see off Agassi at Roland Garros, took down the laser server American. Having had his confidence shattered each time he had come even near to fulfilling his talent, he was able to claim a first big win.

8. Murray d Ginepri, Thailand
Who would have thought that the young Scot, barely ranked in the top 100 at the time would come off a dissapointing loss at Davis cup to Wawrinka would reach his first tour final and get another crack at Federer, this time in a singles final, defeating Thai hero Srichaphan in the semis?
But the biggest win was over the third seeded Ginepri.
The red hot American was coming off a spectacular summer of improvement, winning the RCA championships and beating Safin and Moya in Cincinatti. This culminated in a brilliant run at the US Open which saw him nearly defeat Andre Agassi, and take the scalp of Guillermo Coria in New York. It was a career making acheivement for the Brit to knock off Ginepri in three sets en route to a performance against Federer that a top 10 player would be proud of.

9. Garcia-Lopez d. Moya, Australian Open
Spain's former number one Carlos Moya had enjoyed another successful top 7 season in 2004 and made a good start to the year by defending his Chennai title. Starting off in the Australian Open, where he reached the final in 1997, he was played Guillermo Garcia Lopez, a man who he had defeated confortably at Chennai. Not even a top 100 player, and a clay court specialist to boot, Garcia Lopez attacked Moya, detonating huge ground stokes. He played an inspired match to send his much more highly ranked compatriot packing, playing him at his own game by painting the lines with big top spun ground stokes from the baseline.

10. Ginepri d. Roddick, Indianapolis.
Here Robby Ginepri defeated his contempory and countryman Roddick, a man who had owned him on tour, and in their junior days for the first time. Roddick was coming off an excellent season on grass that saw him win the Stella Artois title and crush all opposition at Wimbledon except a divinely inspired Federer. Ginepri went on to take the title to spring board a highly successful autumn that propelled him up to the cusp of the top 20.

Agassi Aces
10-04-2005, 11:06 PM
Apologies, I didn't look that the thread was upsets THIS year! Mine would be: Gasquet over Federer in Monte Carlo, Blake over Nadal in US Open, Muller over Roddick in US Open, Muller over Nadal at Wimbledon and Nieminen over Agassi at Roland Garros. Possibly Lopez over Agassi at Hamburg?

Agassi Aces
10-04-2005, 11:07 PM
Not forgetting Andrew Murray's two wins over Ginepri and Srichaphan last week in Thailand. Huge upsets!!!!!! And pushing Federer in the final!

Puschkin
10-04-2005, 11:12 PM
It has been mentioned before, but I would go for the whole DC-tie Croatia/US.

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 11:12 PM
Check for my last post for an upset noone has mentioned yet: Moya losing to Garcia Lopez at the Australian Open.

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 11:14 PM
It has been mentioned before, but I would go for the whole DC-tie Croatia/US.

The fact that Ljubicic was in such fine form in the early part of the year and that we have seen Ancic reach the Wimbledon semis last year meant that while the wins over America were hugely impressive and inspiring, they weren't a huge surprise for me.

*julie*
10-04-2005, 11:27 PM
7. Mathieu d Roddick, Montreal
Here the young Frenchman, famous for choking away the Davis Cup against Russia and throwing away a chance to see off Agassi at Roland Garros, took down the laser server American. Having had his confidence shattered each time he had come even near to fulfilling his talent, he was able to claim a first big win.
First big win :eek: are you serious? Check his 2002 results ;)

mr_burns
10-04-2005, 11:40 PM
Wang def. Haas

No comment

NYCtennisfan
10-04-2005, 11:40 PM
Davydenko beating Coria at RG surprised me.

Murray beating Stepanek at Wimbledon as well

Blake beating Nadal at USO

Gasquet beating Federer at MonteCarlo.

Yes on all of those except I thought Balke would beat Nadal after the way Nadal played the his first two matches against vastly inferior competition and seeing the way Blake played his first two matches.

JonnyC21
10-04-2005, 11:40 PM
First big win :eek: are you serious? Check his 2002 results ;)

Well, his first big win in a long time anyway...Looking back he defeated Safin, Sampras and Kuerten. I didn't realise he had a win over Sampras.

cecilija
10-04-2005, 11:51 PM
Other big upsets
Davydenko def. Coria in fourth round of FO
Chela def. Davydenko first round of New Heaven
Zabeleta def. Davydenko in Kitzbuhel

Jimnik
10-05-2005, 12:10 AM
1 Muller bt Roddick US OPEN
2 Tursunov bt Henman WIMBLEDON
3 Mathieu bt Roddick AMS MONTREAL
4 Gasquet bt Federer AMS MONTE-CARLO
5 Ljubicic/Ancic bt Bryan/Bryan DAVIS CUP
6 Karlovic bt Hewitt QUEENS
7 Ginepri bt Roddick INDIANAPOLIS
8 Almagro bt Safin AMS ROME
9 Melzer bt Agassi SAN JOSE
10 Baker bt Gaudio US OPEN

PamV
10-05-2005, 12:21 AM
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!
Given that Agassi was injured with that back/hip problem what ever it is.....it doesn't seem to me that this is a true upset. He could have lost to anyone under the circumstance.

JonnyC21
10-05-2005, 12:23 AM
1 Muller bt Roddick US OPEN
2 Tursunov bt Henman WIMBLEDON
3 Mathieu bt Roddick AMS MONTREAL
4 Gasquet bt Federer AMS MONTE-CARLO
5 Ljubicic/Ancic bt Bryan/Bryan DAVIS CUP
6 Karlovic bt Hewitt QUEENS
7 Ginepri bt Roddick INDIANAPOLIS
8 Almagro bt Safin AMS ROME
9 Melzer bt Agassi SAN JOSE
10 Baker bt Gaudio US OPEN

Melzer hasn't played Agassi this year. Baker v Gaudio was really disappointing for me, but the way Gaudio played was like a drunken tramp, he would have lost to anyone that day. Karlovic v Hewitt, hardly that surprising judging by Hewitt's last match against him on the same surface. And Safin was in an apalling slump when he lost to Nicolas Almagro.

Sjengster
10-05-2005, 12:24 AM
More to the point, Nieminen had Agassi by the proverbial short and curlies (if you'll pardon the expression) before he remembered who he was playing and got tight. He should have won that match in straights, not had to rely on superior fitness to win in five.

Grinder
10-05-2005, 12:43 AM
Melzer hasn't played Agassi this year. .

Yes he has, Melzer won 6-3 6-1.

Mechlan
10-05-2005, 12:56 AM
More to the point, Nieminen had Agassi by the proverbial short and curlies (if you'll pardon the expression) before he remembered who he was playing and got tight. He should have won that match in straights, not had to rely on superior fitness to win in five.

I'll give you that Nieminen could potentially have won it in straights, but superior fitness had little to do with his victory in the end. :p

croat123
10-05-2005, 01:10 AM
It has been mentioned before, but I would go for the whole DC-tie Croatia/US.
the only win that was a surprise was the doubles (just because the bryans had never dropped a set before in dc doubles)

Kristine
10-05-2005, 02:18 AM
Safin beating Fed in Aus Open SF - Fed was on his hands and knees on the last point. That image captured how big of an upset that was...

Action Jackson
10-05-2005, 05:00 AM
Federer has had 77 upset victories this season.

azza
10-05-2005, 05:53 AM
Arthurs over Ancic :o

nkhera1
10-05-2005, 06:05 AM
Federer has had 77 upset victories this season.

I would have to go with this one, I just don't understand how Fed keeps getting so lucky and pulling off the upsets. Eventually you would think that this will come back to haunt him.

breakingthehabit
10-05-2005, 06:19 AM
muller bt roddick (that wasn't an upset, that was supershocking .especially when i heard it in the morning, right after i just woke up)
Slov bt argentine for DC :explode:
Croat bt USA in DC(what the..?) :scratch:
Croat bt Russia in DC semi(noooo..!!!) :banghead:
i was particularly upset cause i want russia to go to final

$@M
10-05-2005, 07:41 AM
i'd definitely go with the G Muller beated Roddick in the USO first round...

I know Muller was playing well before the USO and was looking quite promising, but i must say when the draw was revealed, even himself must hv thought he'd be gone.

Roddick, altho lost another first round tourney to PHM b4 the USO on one of the pre-USO warm-ups, but he came back strongly and played well in the rest of the tourneys on the US soil. Especially when he's the crowd favourite, and with his powerful services, who would hv thought Andy would lose 3 TBs !!! Super-upset~

Jimnik
10-05-2005, 06:36 PM
Melzer hasn't played Agassi this year.
QF of SAN JOSE in February.
I even included the venue in my original post.

El Legenda
10-05-2005, 06:46 PM
Croat bt Russia in DC semi(noooo..!!!) :banghead:
i was particularly upset cause i want russia to go to final


that was not a upset, Croatia was home and a favor to win it.


upset-not meaning if the lose pisses' you of,

Black Adam
10-05-2005, 06:50 PM
the only win that was a surprise was the doubles (just because the bryans had never dropped a set before in dc doubles)
You forgot Ljubicic's first real win over Andy Roddick ;)

Puschkin
10-05-2005, 09:21 PM
Federer has had 77 upset victories this season.

A poor attempt to be funny or sarcastic!

Agassi Aces
10-05-2005, 10:50 PM
Yep, Melzer over Agassi in San Jose. I thought Grosjean over Agassi in Houston QF was a bit of a surprise, on clay in the US?

aceit
10-05-2005, 11:03 PM
I can't decide between a few singles matches, but definetly Ancic & Ljubicic beating the Bryans in DC was the biggest upset to me. It took me a few days to realize what actually happened.

JonnyC21
10-05-2005, 11:13 PM
QF of SAN JOSE in February.
I even included the venue in my original post.

You are right, I concede. I'm sorry my bad ;)

I was thinking that match was last year, but I was thinking of Melzer's previous win over Agassi, a match which I watched.

JonnyC21
10-05-2005, 11:19 PM
Yep, Melzer over Agassi in San Jose. I thought Grosjean over Agassi in Houston QF was a bit of a surprise, on clay in the US?

Grosjean is a good player on all surfaces and immensely talented and under rated, he has now trails Agassi 3-4, and his other wins were on big stages, Roland Garros and the Masters Cup. So while this was an upset it wasn't particulary shocking to me as Agassi had struggled to beat Calatrava in the previous round.

RickDaStick
10-06-2005, 05:01 AM
You forgot Ljubicic's first real win over Andy Roddick ;)

hardly an upset.

Auscon
10-06-2005, 08:20 AM
Muller def Roddick......I didnt get a chance to follow the match, so when I saw the result the next day, I couldnt believe it

Safin def Federer.....sure Safin is supposedly the only guy who when in form can take out Roger on a surface other than clay, and sure he was in good form, but Roger was just a monster at the AO up until that point. After he ripped apart Agassi I thought he was going to rip through eveyrone else that was left in his way.

Melzer def Agassi.....Jurgen Melzer actually beat Andre Agassi

Kat!
10-06-2005, 08:41 AM
don't think anyone mentioned this... but maybe Australia v Argentina on GRASS :haha:

Auscon
10-06-2005, 08:56 AM
don't think anyone mentioned this... but maybe Australia v Argentina on GRASS :haha:

definitely an upset there, but not too massive...maybe the drubbing was, but Nalbandian and Coria arent jokers on grass, thats for sure.

Only real shock for me was Lleyton getting shat on by Bandy, and Puerta being completely unstoppable on serve in the doubles

Action Jackson
10-06-2005, 09:19 AM
A poor attempt to be funny or sarcastic!

Wouldn't expect you to get it, then again I am just a dumb nationalist, thank you.

Aphex
10-06-2005, 09:59 AM
Wouldn't expect you to get it, then again I am just a dumb nationalist, thank you.
Ja, din j-a Norge nationalist! :lol:

Puschkin
10-06-2005, 10:58 AM
Wouldn't expect you to get it, then again I am just a dumb nationalist, thank you.

:topic: You know very well, that I never said you are a dumb nationalist, but you just keep on repeating things, the same with your Coria cramp and injury comments :zzz:

Action Jackson
10-06-2005, 11:01 AM
:topic: You know very well, that I never said you are a dumb nationalist, but you just keep on repeating things, the same with your Coria cramp and injury comments :zzz:

Medical science is on my side when it comes cramping. :)

landoud
10-06-2005, 04:36 PM
for me the biggest upset was when federer lost to safin in the AO semi

gillian
10-06-2005, 05:20 PM
my sentiments exactly. roddick looked like he was ranked out of the top 100 when he played that match :confused:

You know, I don't think Roddick played badly in that match. He played poorly on big points, but, overall, I think he played ok. Problem was, he needed to raise his level because Muller was playing so well.

lilfairyprincess
10-06-2005, 10:28 PM
muller d roddick..i never seen the match because i was on holiday-i just remember being :eek: SHOCKED :eek: when i seen that result the next day!

El Legenda
10-06-2005, 10:39 PM
muller d roddick..i never seen the match because i was on holiday-i just remember being :eek: SHOCKED :eek: when i seen that result the next day!

well he got outplayed in everything :)

lilfairyprincess
10-06-2005, 10:42 PM
roddick :rolleyes:

joske
10-06-2005, 11:29 PM
shocking indeed :eek: