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Biggest choke of the year?

TMJordan
11-02-2006, 03:17 AM
With todays aray of chokes it got me to thinking, what do you think is the biggest choke of the year?

I was just thinking of a few:

Gonzo today
Seb today
Chucho in Stuttgurt
Waske in Bucharest
Mathieu in Monte Carlo

Any thoughts?

Voo de Mar
11-02-2006, 03:27 AM
Safin (Rome) & Blake (New Haven) vs. Ramirez-Hidalgo

Safin led 6-0, 4:1 with double break and lost 6-0, 6-7, 6-7.
Blake led 6-2 and 6:4 in the second set tie-break, and 5:2 in the third, wasted 5 match points and lost 6-2, 6-7, 6-7.

TMJordan
11-02-2006, 03:32 AM
I tried to forget about that Safin choke, but they are pretty common :sad:

silverwhite
11-02-2006, 03:35 AM
Gonzo shouldn't be on the list...

It's between Waske and PHM :shrug:

TMJordan
11-02-2006, 03:37 AM
Gonzo shouldn't be on the list...

It's between Waske and PHM :shrug:

I know, I am just very upset about it, he was up a double break, I think whenever you give up a double break it is choking pretty bad.

silverwhite
11-02-2006, 03:39 AM
I know, I am just very upset about it, he was up a double break, I think whenever you give up a double break it is choking pretty bad.

Santoro led *3-0 against Benneteau too, had 4 MPs AND served for the match at 5-4. :p

TMJordan
11-02-2006, 03:41 AM
Santoro led *3-0 against Benneteau too, had 4 MPs AND served for the match at 5-4. :p

Wow I dont really believe Benneteau just did this on back to back days, what a fighter he is.

hanabishi
11-02-2006, 03:45 AM
How about Soderling losing a match to Andreev in Indian Wells when he had 9 match points!

Voo de Mar
11-02-2006, 03:46 AM
It's tough to belive that Benneteau won two tight matches in a row day after day :shrug:

Katastrophe
11-02-2006, 03:48 AM
How about Soderling losing a match to Andreev in Indian Wells when he had 9 match points!

Just thinking about that stat gets me reaching for some Alka Seltzer. :eek:

hanabishi
11-02-2006, 03:55 AM
Just thinking about that stat gets me reaching for some Alka Seltzer. :eek:

If I were a tennis player, I'd rather lose 6-0, 6-0 than lose a match where I had 9 friggin match points!

Here was our MTF discussion on that Andreev-Soderling match..
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=72363

atheneglaukopis
11-02-2006, 04:05 AM
For most costly choke, though not the biggest, how about Federer dumping an easy forehand into the net on match point at Rome, followed by hitting the next one long, after having led 5-2? I mean Nadal might have saved them anyway, but handing them to him was not the way to go.

General Suburbia
11-02-2006, 04:06 AM
Roddick against Murray in Wimbledon. He had 14 break point opportunities in the first set alone. Couldn't get a one.

Ernham
11-02-2006, 04:08 AM
Haas's choke at the US open, made even more painful by him cracking his racquet into his cramping quads repeatedly. I don't think I've ever actually winced while watching tennis on TV until that day.

leng jai
11-02-2006, 05:12 AM
That match wasn't really a choke. Davydenko's style of play is to wear his opponent down with his consistency. These are the type of opponents that Tommy regularly loses to. Haas had already played two very long matches in 3 days that ended in fith set breakers. In the third set he didn't play badly, it was 50/50 and Davydenko got the break. After that you could see Haas beginning to lose steam mentally. You could hear him say during the match 'I know this guy' meaning, he knew that Davydenko wasn't going to go away and the knowledge that it was going to be another long grind was wearing him down mentally.

Action Jackson
11-02-2006, 06:12 AM
Acasuso in Stuttgart considering what was on the line in that match and Paulo against Coria.

NATAS81
11-02-2006, 06:42 AM
I don't know about biggest choke, but Söderling must be up there in terms of noun.

MariaV
11-02-2006, 07:32 AM
Safin (Rome) & Blake (New Haven) vs. Ramirez-Hidalgo

Safin led 6-0, 4:1 with double break and lost 6-0, 6-7, 6-7.


Just when I thought Paulo's choke in MC couldn't be outdone Marat went and proved me wrong. And it was the first time a tennis match made me physically sick. :o :o I was completely shocked. Doesn't matter if his knee or whatever hurt or not. I will never forget it. This is personal of course.

Chucho in Stuttgart must've been painful too but thank God I didn't take it that personal. ;)

Grenouille
11-02-2006, 07:57 AM
Federer FO Final

Nathaliia
11-02-2006, 08:01 AM
I vote for Mathieu, but these chokes yesterday were really painful too, Seb's especially.

Action Jackson
11-02-2006, 08:04 AM
Chucho in Stuttgart must've been painful too but thank God I didn't take it that personal. ;)

No, you are just a Safin fangirl who believes he should have won 20 Slams already:)

MariaV
11-02-2006, 08:15 AM
No, you are just a Safin fangirl who believes he should have won 20 Slams already:)

:yeah: At least you got that right. ;)

Deathless Mortal
11-02-2006, 08:30 AM
Choker: Ramirez Hidalgo and Mathieu. Ramirez was leading against Mario Ancic *5:1 and 30:0 in third set, and he lost it... Just one of Marios big comebacks... And I think we all know what Mathieus choke was...

Breakdown
11-02-2006, 08:56 AM
The biggest choke of the year is still to come!:sad:
TMC is waiting for this to happen....

ExcaliburII
11-02-2006, 09:40 AM
The biggest choke of the year is still to come!:sad:
TMC is waiting for this to happen....
like federer's last year choke?

yomike
11-02-2006, 10:05 AM
Baghdatis against Federer at AO. He was up a break in the second set, he give up the break. He then got broken serving *6-5 40-0 then I stop watching because I knew it was over.

jennTENnisFan06
11-02-2006, 10:10 AM
A lot of you mentioned PHM's choke as the biggest. What happened? I don't recall seeing/hearing about it. Thanks! :)

Conita
11-02-2006, 10:19 AM
Gonzo shouldn't be there!!!!!!!


ehh Federer playing Nadal 90% of the time.....

and Top 10 players vs Federer excepting Nadal and Nalbi

guille&tati4life
11-02-2006, 10:26 AM
A lot of you mentioned PHM's choke as the biggest. What happened? I don't recall seeing/hearing about it. Thanks! :)

Mathieu was the biggest i think though i never saw the match. I followed on live score and Guillermo could hardly put his serves in play :lol: I couldn't believe that Mathieu couldn't close out the game.

I believe this is the match in question. Sorry to quote you months later Daze :lol:. This was a very brief report on Coria v Mathieu in Monte Carlo.

thank goodness! if anyone didnt see it, guille was not only down 1-6 1-5, but he was playing the worst of his professional career. but i noticed in the long first game of the 2nd that he was actually winning every point they played...he was just double faulting every other point, and so the game went on for 10 minutes.

adee-gee
11-02-2006, 10:29 AM
Federer vs. Nadal in Rome. Beautiful :)

jennTENnisFan06
11-02-2006, 10:32 AM
Mathieu was the biggest i think though i never saw the match. I followed on live score and Guillermo could hardly put his serves in play :lol: I couldn't believe that Mathieu couldn't close out the game.

I believe this is the match in question. Sorry to quote you months later Daze :lol:. This was a very brief report on Coria v Mathieu in Monte Carlo.


Thanks very much!!

bad gambler
11-02-2006, 11:31 AM
Chucho in Stuttgart

I♥PsY@Mus!c
11-02-2006, 11:53 AM
Paulo and Chucho...
Now Seb! :mad:

Ernham
11-02-2006, 01:20 PM
That match wasn't really a choke. Davydenko's style of play is to wear his opponent down with his consistency. These are the type of opponents that Tommy regularly loses to. Haas had already played two very long matches in 3 days that ended in fith set breakers. In the third set he didn't play badly, it was 50/50 and Davydenko got the break. After that you could see Haas beginning to lose steam mentally. You could hear him say during the match 'I know this guy' meaning, he knew that Davydenko wasn't going to go away and the knowledge that it was going to be another long grind was wearing him down mentally.

Nah. Haas had the match in his pocket from what i saw. Then he started to be Haas.

Andre♥
11-02-2006, 01:24 PM
Mathieu's choke was horrible, but at least he lost against someone who is better than him on clay.

Grosjean's choke is the choke of the year, because he lost against that is worse than him on carpet.

Vliegen's choke against Dlouhy in RG was horrible, too.

Voo de Mar
11-02-2006, 01:38 PM
Vliegen's choke against Dlouhy in RG was horrible, too.

??? I know only final result.

shotgun
11-02-2006, 02:42 PM
Mello choking against Murray in Newport deserves a mention too. I think I never laughed so hard because of a tennis match.

willrock
11-02-2006, 03:11 PM
PHM in Monte Carlo

stebs
11-02-2006, 04:33 PM
Waske :eek:

Sunset of Age
11-02-2006, 04:36 PM
Robert Kendrick vs. Rafa at Wimbledon 2006 is quite worth a mentioning too.

revolution
11-02-2006, 04:46 PM
Robert Kendrick vs. Rafa at Wimbledon 2006 is quite worth a mentioning too.

Not really. He didn't make any bad mistakes third set on, it was more about Nadal upping the ante.

Sunset of Age
11-02-2006, 04:48 PM
Not really. He didn't make any bad mistakes third set on, it was more about Nadal upping the ante.


Well, okay, Rafa got better (and of course - the WINNING SPIRIT prevailed) - but am I wrong to remember Kendrick having been very close to MP in the third set?

federated
11-02-2006, 04:49 PM
I think it has to be fed's 2 match points in the Roma final. Just because of how much was at stake and how close he was--and how ill-advised the shots he chose were.

Voo de Mar
11-02-2006, 05:00 PM
Well, okay, Rafa got better (and of course - the WINNING SPIRIT prevailed) - but am I wrong to remember Kendrick having been very close to MP in the third set?

In the third set Kendrick was serving at 4:5 & 5:6 but in the fourth set, he led 5:4 (30-0) on Nadal's serve.

Byrd
11-02-2006, 05:03 PM
Murray vs mello at newport was a pretty big choke if i can remember, think mello had like 6 MP's, and was a double-break up in the last set, 6-1 1-6 7-6

Sunset of Age
11-02-2006, 05:04 PM
In the third set Kendrick was serving at 4:5 & 5:6 but in the fourth set, he led 5:4 (30-0) on Nadal's serve.

Thankees. Forgot it was the 4th set.

Blue Heart24
11-02-2006, 08:45 PM
Waske

tangerine_dream
11-02-2006, 09:11 PM
With todays aray of chokes it got me to thinking, what do you think is the biggest choke of the year?
You missed the biggest one of all: Roger at Rome.

Sunset of Age
11-03-2006, 12:15 AM
You missed the biggest one of all: Roger at Rome.

Have to agree with that one. One can only imagine Rogi's reasons for choking like that. :devil:

uglyamerican
11-03-2006, 12:19 AM
Mello choking against Murray in Newport deserves a mention too. I think I never laughed so hard because of a tennis match.

I thought of this one, also.

TMJordan
11-03-2006, 12:45 AM
I only posted the Gonzo one because I was so upset he lost, it doesnt compare to some of these other ones.

Merton
11-03-2006, 02:05 AM
Paulo against Coria was the most spectacular, but Chucho in Stutgart was just colossal. One huge choke that has gone fairly unnoticed is Ginepri losing to Grenelmayr at the AO. At that point he was on the verge of the top-10, it all went downhill from there.

artlinkletter
11-03-2006, 02:20 AM
Yup. PHM being defeated by Coria after being up 6-1 5-1 in Monte Carlo gets my vote as biggest choke.

artlinkletter
11-03-2006, 02:22 AM
One huge choke that has gone fairly unnoticed is Ginepri losing to Grenelmayr at the AO. At that point he was on the verge of the top-10, it all went downhill from there.

Didn't Ginepri refuse to do press after this loss?

Sean.J.S.
12-25-2006, 01:02 AM
Sorry to start a negative thread but what do you think are the biggest chokes of 2006?

Here are my picks

R. Federer def O. Rochus - Halle QF 6-7(2) 7-6(11) 7-6(5) (Saved 5 MP)

R. Nadal def R. Federer - 6-7(0) 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5) (Saved 2MP)

G. Coria def PH. Mathieu - Monte Carlo 1-6 7-6(6) 6-4 (Saved 4 MP)

Any chokes in 2006 that you can remember?

Metis
12-25-2006, 01:41 AM
Ferrer def. Acasuso 64 36 67(3) 75 64 (Stuttgart)

Acasuso was up 5-1 in the 4th and had match point if I remember correctly...

Grinder
12-25-2006, 01:45 AM
James Blake vs. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo - New Haven: 6-2 6-7 6-7
Blake served for the match at 6-2 *5-4, was up *4-0 and two match points at 6-4 in the second set tiebreaker and still managed to lose it. Went up a break in the third, lost it, served for the match again at 6-2 6-7 5-4, blew that, went up *3-0 in the final set tiebreak, had another match point at 6-5 in the tiebreak. Blew 3 or 4 match points in total.

Marat Safin vs. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo - AMS Rome: 6-0 6-7 6-7
Safin was up 6-0 *4-1 in this match and had match points in both sets as well as serving for it in the third set. Blew 3 match points in total here.

David Ferrer vs. Nicolas Almagro - AMS Cincinnati - 4-6 7-6(1) 6-0
A choke of epic proportions during this one from Nico. Had a lot of (6 to be exact) matchpoints at 6-5 in the second set but blew them all only to be bageled in the final set.

David Ferrer vs. Jose Acasuso - Stuttgart - 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-5 6-4
Acasuso led 4-6 6-3 7-6 5-1 before showing off his inner choker tendencies and blowing the match and losing it in a 5 hour marathon. Ferrer saved one match point along the way.

more to come...

Solid_Snake
12-25-2006, 01:59 AM
Roddick vs Federer at the Masters Cup.

RickDaStick
12-25-2006, 02:58 AM
Tursunov def Ljubicic 5-7 4-6 6-1 7-6 6-2


it was 7-5 6-4 1-6 *5-4 Ljubicic.

Jlee
12-25-2006, 04:19 AM
Roddick vs Federer at the Masters Cup.

Ditto.

Blake at Wimbledon.

ChinoRios4Ever
12-25-2006, 04:46 AM
blake v gonzalez at DC

wenty
12-25-2006, 05:26 AM
Nalbandian vs Baghdatis in AO 06

Grenouille
12-25-2006, 06:49 AM
Federer vs Baghdatis AUS 06

feuselino
12-25-2006, 06:53 AM
Federer vs. Nadal RG final... that 6-1 0-1 40-0 game I think it was... squandering those three chances and let Nadal break put the Spaniard right back into the match... who knows what would have happened... well, there is always 2007! :)

Sean.J.S.
12-25-2006, 07:12 AM
I have that match on DVD. Federer was serving at 6-1 0-1 40-0 and Nadal hit a ball which was called long but Federer told the umpire it was in so they replayed the point and Federer lost the game.

Federer vs. Nadal RG final... that 6-1 0-1 40-0 game I think it was... squandering those three chances and let Nadal break put the Spaniard right back into the match... who knows what would have happened... well, there is always 2007! :)

Horatio Caine
12-25-2006, 09:24 AM
I'm shocked no-one has mentioned this one :mad: :haha:

Tursunov def Waske after the German led 6/1 5/1* :rolleyes:

Not sure where it was but that was one of the best meltdowns this year...pity I didn't get a chance to remind Alex of that during the Notts October challenger :tape:

feuselino
12-25-2006, 10:40 AM
I have that match on DVD. Federer was serving at 6-1 0-1 40-0 and Nadal hit a ball which was called long but Federer told the umpire it was in so they replayed the point and Federer lost the game.

True, but I guess Nadal could have asked the umpire to check, so Roger knew the point had to be replayed anyway. That's the way I remember it at least... but then at 40-15 (I think) Roger hit a great serve, came into the net and missed the easiest volley, field wide open... after that Nadal hit some good shots and I knew he was back in the match when he broke. I had to leave after that, but really was sure it was as if they started at 0-0, first set again. When I checked again in the evening, the dream of the Roger Slam did not come true...

wally1
12-25-2006, 10:49 AM
Stepanek v Bjorkman in the Wim QF springs to mind. Stepanek double faulted 3 times serving for the match in the 4th set and I think had a match point in the tie-break? Great match though...

Black Adam
12-25-2006, 11:36 AM
Roddick vs Tursunov DC Semis

Bilbo
12-25-2006, 01:43 PM
I'm shocked no-one has mentioned this one :mad: :haha:

Tursunov def Waske after the German led 6/1 5/1* :rolleyes:

Not sure where it was but that was one of the best meltdowns this year...pity I didn't get a chance to remind Alex of that during the Notts October challenger :tape:

:tape:

GlennMirnyi
12-25-2006, 06:27 PM
I'm shocked no-one has mentioned this one :mad: :haha:

Tursunov def Waske after the German led 6/1 5/1* :rolleyes:

Not sure where it was but that was one of the best meltdowns this year...pity I didn't get a chance to remind Alex of that during the Notts October challenger :tape:

Yeah, and Waske had 5/2 40-0 and 5/4 40-0 if I'm not mistaken. :p