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View Poll Results: Who is the the most deserving "close but no cigar" at Wimbledon

Ivan Lendl 5 6.85%
Tim Henman 4 5.48%
Patrick Rafter 7 9.59%
Andy Roddick 56 76.71%
other 1 1.37%
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #16
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roddick obviously
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Roddick, duh.
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Andy Roddick for sure,if it wasn't for Rog....But i voted for Tiger Tim,i have a soft spot for him
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Tim,

Lendl is a disgrace on grass.
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Roddick was far more convincing against his biggest grass opposition (Fed) than Lendl ever was against his (Becker). He made more finals, and came much closer to actually winning.

If that weren't enough, Roddick always had the tools to be successful on the stuff, while Lendl had to play well outside of his comfort zone to stand a chance. He served-and-volleyed on cruise control every time SW19 rolled around and was passed before he could even look up against any of his biggest opposition.



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You must not have watched Wimbledon in 1989. In the semifinals, Lendl gave Becker all that he wanted and more before the German prevailed in 5 tough sets, 7-5, 6-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Indeed Lendl might have won the match if not for a rain delay that Becker himself acknowledged allowed him to regroup. Moreover, this was Becker's finest fortnight. The 2 sets dropped to Lendl were the only 2 that he dropped over the course of the tournament, which concluded with Becker beating Stefan Edberg in straight sets, including a 6-0 set. This was the same Edberg who would beat Becker in 1988 and 1990 in the finals.

It was also the Edberg who Lendl beat in the Wimbledon semifinals in 1987, a year in which the Swede won the Australian Open on grass and a year before he would win his first Wimbledon crown. During another year that Edberg would win the Australian Open on grass -- 1983 -- he would have to get past Lendl in the semifinals, 9-7 in the fifth set.

Furthermore, while Lendl never could get past Becker at Wimbledon, including a loss in the 1986 finals, he did crush him, 6-3, 6-2, in the Queen's Club finals in 1990, the second straight year that he would win that title.

There's certainly a case for Roddick being the best bridesmaid ever at Wimbledon, but I would proffer that Roddick does not have two grass court wins as good as Lendl's wins over Edberg and Becker.
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Roddick.

Lendl had 7 other slams to console himself with.
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Roddick not winning in 09 was heart breaking. That shot in the 2nd set tie break probably still haunts him to this day...
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Hanescu, had he not tanked the start of the 5th set before retiring in his round 3 match after spitting into the crowd against Brands back in 2010 his draw was wide open for the title
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disgraceful that the fat, slow, bald, charity robbing, clay skipping diva worshipper has gotten so much sympathy

but then, that's what his whole life has been about

the real answer is of course lendl or rafter

the tradesman was robbed of the trophy last year

there will be no such mistakes this year
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also, NID that rafter has so little recognition from people who probs never saw him play

2 finals and 2 semi finals in 4 years, only losing to the best in business at the time - sampras and agassi

and of course goran, always a threat on grass
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