Ernests defeating Roger at Roland Garros ranks at #2!!!
BIGGEST GRAND SLAM UPSETS OF 2014
2. Ernests Gulbis d. Roger Federer 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, Roland Garros fourth round
Momentum breeds success. For 17 years, Roger Federer has been near untouchable on the Grand Slam stage after winning the first set. The Swiss entered a Round of 16 meeting with Ernests Gulbis at Roland Garros with a 238-11 win-loss record when claiming the opener.
Federer would capture the first set 7/5 in a tie-break, but Gulbis had other ideas. Sebastien Grosjean and 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero watched on as a five-set victory for the Latvian ended Federer’s run of Roland Garros quarter-final appearances at nine straight.
“It’s the biggest win of my career,” Gulbis said in an on-court interview. “Sorry I had to win. I know how everyone likes Roger. It was a tough match but this is sport. I’ve been playing very well in France. I won tournaments in Marseille and Nice, hopefully Paris is the next one."
Federer had the chance to take a commanding two-set lead over Gulbis, but squandered a 40/15 advantage when serving at 5-3 as Gulbis fought back to level the match. The 18th seed broke Federer twice to take the third set and, after dropping the fourth, would go up an early break in the decider, eventually holding his nerve in the ninth game and serving out the match in three hours and 42 minutes.
Gulbis, who was 7/12 on break points, extended his win streak to eight consecutive matches, having come in on the back of victory in Nice the week prior. He would reach his first Grand Slam semi-final (l. to Djokovic) after topping Tomas Berdych in the quarters.