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Who are your favorite Grand Slam "spoilers"?

gillian
10-25-2005, 02:13 PM
You know, the guys who take out the high seeds or tournament favorites. The ones who produce those shocking (or in some cases not so shocking) upsets (remember Wimbledon '02). There are lots to choose from. I know I can't pick just one.

-Petr Korda (for knocking out Sampras at the '97 USO)
-George Bastl (for beating Sampras at '02 Wimbledon)
Hmmm....sensing a Pete theme here? :)
-Gilles Muller (Not because I dislike Roddick, but because it's fresh in my mind and I was in the stadium watching it happen and it was just a ballsy match from Gilles)

So, who are your favorite Grand Slam spoilers?

Nimi
10-25-2005, 02:28 PM
Martin Verkerk was quite entertaining.

RogiFan88
10-25-2005, 02:33 PM
GG

lucashg
10-25-2005, 02:38 PM
Gilles Muller is the biggest spoiler for the past few years, I believe. He knocked out Nadal at Wimbledon and Roddick at the US Open just to fall short in the next round.

jtipson
10-25-2005, 02:47 PM
Federer in 4th round of Wimbledon 2001. I can't think of another one in the last 25 years that I was more pleased about.

landoud
10-25-2005, 02:52 PM
safin for knocking out federer in AO semi

Clara Bow
10-25-2005, 03:28 PM
Gilles Muller is my favorite of this past year- even though he took out two players that I like. In large part because GM he played such an awesome match against Andy.

I have seen other flashes of him playing really well in other tournaments. Just wish he could get his act together and do it more often.

jenanun
10-25-2005, 03:41 PM
safin for knocking out federer in AO semi

ditto :p

RogiFan88
10-25-2005, 03:49 PM
Federer in 4th round of Wimbledon 2001. I can't think of another one in the last 25 years that I was more pleased about.

Definitely the best since he not only upset the Wimbledon king but he effectively ended Pete's reign there [I know Bastl upset Pete later but HE never won Wimby and yes after Rogi's 2001 exploit he crapped out to much-hyped-Mario-turned-ATP-tour-choker who damn well better help Ivan win DC this year]. No better way to announce the changing of the guard. ;)

MisterQ
10-25-2005, 03:53 PM
El Aynaoui over Hewitt in AO2003 was a great effort and fun to watch.

mandoura
10-25-2005, 04:03 PM
El Aynaoui over Hewitt in AO2003 was a great effort and fun to watch.

Yes, good pick.

Yonge
10-25-2005, 04:15 PM
Guga beating Roger at Roland Garros 2004. It was the only slam that Roger didn't win that year.

Saumon
10-25-2005, 05:51 PM
Guga beating Roger at Roland Garros 2004. It was the only slam that Roger didn't win that year.
poor Roger :sobbing: :p ;)

Truc
10-25-2005, 05:58 PM
Not very original:
Chang against Lendl, RG 1989 (I really liked Lendl at that time, but that was one of the most exciting upsets ever).

More recently: Chucho's win over Roddick in RG was great, but I don't know if it belongs in this category since Roddick wasn't exactly a title contender in Paris.

Eclectic Goddess
10-25-2005, 06:17 PM
Ivo Karlovic taking out defending Champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of Wimbledon, 2003.

RonE
10-25-2005, 06:25 PM
The matches that at the time were deemed upsets but in retrospect signified a changing of the guards and the emergence of new champions.

Most notables of those for me:

Sampras knocking Lendl out of the 1990 U.S. Open quarterfinals and Federer knocking out Sampras in the 4th round of Wimbledon 2001.

This year for me it was James Blake knocking out #2 seed Nadal in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open not only because he played such high quality tennis but all the emotional baggage he carried with him with his injury, shingles, losing his father etc. That was a great story. I really felt sad for him when he came so close to beating Andre in the quarters but couldn't quite pull it off :sad:

gillian
10-25-2005, 06:45 PM
Ivo Karlovic taking out defending Champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of Wimbledon, 2003.

Oooooooh, good one.

TheBoiledEgg
10-25-2005, 07:03 PM
1987 Peter Doohan d. Boris Becker

just when we were thinking Boris will never lose a match at wimbledon
along came this Aussie no-hoper and had the 2 hours of his life.

jtipson
10-25-2005, 07:10 PM
1987 Peter Doohan d. Boris Becker

just when we were thinking Boris will never lose a match at wimbledon
along came this Aussie no-hoper and had the 2 hours of his life.

Yes, I remember that one only too well. Boy was I grumpy for the next two weeks.

blosson
10-25-2005, 07:25 PM
Anyone who takes the number one seed player out of the tournament.

howardean
10-25-2005, 11:05 PM
gaudio defeating coria in RG '04, especially considering coria's dominance of the clay court up until that point

robinhood
10-26-2005, 11:16 AM
Marat defeating Roger at AO 2005

That one is the biggest shocker of the year as far as I'm concerned.

Grenouille
10-26-2005, 12:20 PM
safin knocking out federer aus open 2005

Black Adam
10-26-2005, 12:37 PM
Ancic defeating Federer in Wimbledon 2002.

mini155
10-26-2005, 01:37 PM
Ancic defeating Federer in Wimbledon 2002.

ditto :D

LaTenista
10-26-2005, 02:15 PM
Does Rafa vs Fed RG 2005 count? I really enjoyed that one.

LaTenista
10-26-2005, 02:17 PM
Even though I didn't see it, Ferrer over defending champ Gaudio this year at RG 4th round always makes me smile when I think of it.

Pink Panther
10-26-2005, 03:47 PM
-Petr Korda (for knocking out Sampras at the '97 USO)


:hearts: I'll always remember that match.

Thomas Johansson for winning AO 2002. :banana:

Scarlett
10-26-2005, 05:09 PM
gambill knocking out hewitt in the first round of wimbledon in i think 2000. and karlovic knocking out hewit in the first round of wimbledon in 2003. not that i have anything in particular against hewitt!!

Frederick16
10-26-2005, 05:30 PM
hewitt beating joachim us open semi :(

star
10-26-2005, 06:48 PM
Federer in 4th round of Wimbledon 2001. I can't think of another one in the last 25 years that I was more pleased about.

To me, that doesn't really count. It has to be a player who is not a future star, who doesn't have greatness written on him. For instance, Boris Becker was not a spoiler when he won Wimbledon. When McEnroe came on the scene, he wasn't a spoiler either.

To me, it has to be somebody like George Bastl. He wasn't a future star and it was clear he wouldn't be at the time of the upset.

yomike
10-27-2005, 12:01 PM
Guga beating Roger at Roland Garros 2004. It was the only slam that Roger didn't win that year.

Yeah too bad Roger couldnt beat three time champ Kuerten in that round. If only.....

Deea
10-27-2005, 12:17 PM
Even though i know that I'm not original I'll go for Gilles Muller too. I mean, he has done two big things this year: he knocked Nadal out from Wimbledon and Andy Roddick from the USO. I saw his match against Andy and he played incredible! :eek:

Deea
10-27-2005, 12:20 PM
Do you know what the bad part is with all these "spoilers"??? They are only able to do one big match and then totally collapse in the following match, losing at incredible small scores...

chicky841
10-27-2005, 02:31 PM
Do you know what the bad part is with all these "spoilers"??? They are only able to do one big match and then totally collapse in the following match, losing at incredible small scores...
I agree, but isnt that why they are spoilers? Your not expecting it, and it probaly wont happen again.