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Old 02-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Weakest slam in terms of semi-finals/finalists?

What are the slams you remember as having a poor final four?

2001 AO: Clement/Grosjean and Rafter/Agassi isn't great but I re-watched some highlights of the latter and it was a pretty entertaining match. It set up a one-sided final, though.

2003 AO: Schüttler/Roddick and Ferreira/Agassi which again set up a poor final. I'm taking nothing away from Agassi either, it just wasn't very entertaining.

2008 Wimbledon: had disappointing matches on both sides of the draw (despite featuring Safin/Federer/Nadal) although it lead to the legendary final so meh.

2012 USO: awful quality semi-finals because of the conditions and the tournament scheduling.

I'm sure there are plenty that people may suggest from the '90s but I was too young to see much of them beyond Tiger Tim getting owned by Sampras over and over.

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Grosjean isn't a weak semi finalist...
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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Grosjean isn't a weak semi finalist...
Well neither are Federer or Nadal or some of the others Doesn't mean the actual SFs were any good. I would have put "semi-finals or semi-finalists" but the title would have been overly long.

Edited the title for clarity.

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RG12 deserves a humble mentioning. I don`t even know which one was worse speaking about expectations - that comedy from Fed in his match against Nole (Djoker was solid, but that`s all) or humilation made by Rafito.
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If it's about the matches and not the players in the SF, Roland Garros last year.
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Very true about last year's RG - all of the interesting matches were in the earlier stages.
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The Clement vs Grosjean SF was weird. Two not-so-well-known French guys. The aussie crowed didn't know who to cheer for.
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The AO '03 final could have been something special had Roddick made it there. Andy left it all on court in the El Ayanaoi match and simply had nothing left for a grinder like Schuttler. Not that he would have beat Rainer otherwise since he struggled against that type of player and had several other losses to him.

I think it's unfair to put Wimbledon '08 there. Even as someone who thinks that final was vastly overrated (based on the actual quality of play), the overall magnitude of that match makes it all unassailable, I think. Not to mention the general notoriety of at least three of the final four.

For my own picks, I'd go with:

Wimbledon 2006: Bad semifinals. Baghdatis and Bjorkman were both way outclassed, as was Nadal, at the time, in the finals.

The AO 1999 final four was exceptionally bad. Most of the top seeds were out by the third round. Agassi seemed like the favorite at the time and he was upset by Spadea in the R16. The door was left wide open for a workhorse like #10 Kafelnikov to come in and capitalize on then-overwhelmed and unseeded players in the final four.

US Open 2004, despite boasting Federer, Hewitt, Henman, and a blistering Johansson fresh off of upsetting Roddick, yielded disasterously lopsided matches in the final four. A lot of people thought Henman would trouble Fed based on previous meetings, ditto Hewitt; Fed wiped the floor with them both, double-bageling Hewitt in the final. My mom, who introduced me to tennis growing up, never wanted to see Hewitt in another GS final again after that.

The FO 1998 final four was nothing to write about either. I was so pissed at Safin for blowing his lead against Pioline in the quarters, who turned around and got washed in the semis. I was later very fond of Moya, so I'm glad he came out with the win, but the overall quality of the matches was upsetting.

I'll throw RG 2012 out there as well based on the quality of matches.
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Roland Garros last year was awful.
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Definitely AO 2001, but it was also exciting and refreshing.
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Default Re: Weakest slam in terms of semi-finals/finalists?

The US Open has had some utterly one-sided ones in recent years.

2004 - Both Federer and Hewitt crushed Henmann and Johansson, then Federer double bagelled Hewitt.

2007 - Davydenko folding to Federer as per usual, Djokovic mopping the floor with Ferrer. Djokovic too nervous in his first final, straight sets for Federer.

2009 - Both SFs were NID (although the quality was good) 3-setters, finals wasn't bad but both Federer and Del Potro served very poorly.

2012 - don't even need to say what happened here, it's still fresh in people's memory.

Wimbledon:

2006 - NID beatdowns all the way.

2008 - bad semis (despite good cast) + overrated final

2010 - Nadal predictably routining Murray and Berdych, although Tomas beating Nole might be considered a surprise of sorts.

RG:

2012 - Federer too flat, Ferrer being his usual self, kind of a meh final.

2008 - Federer vs Monfils match was good even if not great, but the other two were just about Nadal easily routining Federer and Novak without any resistance.

AO:

2010 - Clownga out in full force vs Federer, Cilic running out of gas after less than two sets, Federer crushing Murray in the final.

Only example really, AO used to have awesome SFs in the Rebound Ace era, and now they have at least tense/tight ones.
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don't forget AO 2011
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The AO '03 final could have been something special had Roddick made it there. Andy left it all on court in the El Ayanaoi match and simply had nothing left for a grinder like Schuttler. Not that he would have beat Rainer otherwise since he struggled against that type of player and had several other losses to him.

I think it's unfair to put Wimbledon '08 there. Even as someone who thinks that final was vastly overrated (based on the actual quality of play), the overall magnitude of that match makes it all unassailable, I think. Not to mention the general notoriety of at least three of the final four.

For my own picks, I'd go with:

Wimbledon 2006: Bad semifinals. Baghdatis and Bjorkman were both way outclassed, as was Nadal, at the time, in the finals.

The AO 1999 final four was exceptionally bad. Most of the top seeds were out by the third round. Agassi seemed like the favorite at the time and he was upset by Spadea in the R16. The door was left wide open for a workhorse like #10 Kafelnikov to come in and capitalize on then-overwhelmed and unseeded players in the final four.

US Open 2004, despite boasting Federer, Hewitt, Henman, and a blistering Johansson fresh off of upsetting Roddick, yielded disasterously lopsided matches in the final four. A lot of people thought Henman would trouble Fed based on previous meetings, ditto Hewitt; Fed wiped the floor with them both, double-bageling Hewitt in the final. My mom, who introduced me to tennis growing up, never wanted to see Hewitt in another GS final again after that.

The FO 1998 final four was nothing to write about either. I was so pissed at Safin for blowing his lead against Pioline in the quarters, who turned around and got washed in the semis. I was later very fond of Moya, so I'm glad he came out with the win, but the overall quality of the matches was upsetting.

I'll throw RG 2012 out there as well based on the quality of matches.
I have to agree with Wimbledon in 2006. The semi-finals were dire.

The 2003 Australian Open looked interesting at the time. Roddick was lucky to get past El Aynaoui with the help of a terrible line call late on and Schuettler was lucky that Safin had withdrawn. Schuettler was especially playing excellently and despite being an underdog in terms of success and the obvious potential of Roddick, he went into the match as a heavy favourite all things considered. It was really disappointing to see his run come to an end with such a poor display, seeing as those who don't follow much tennis remember him as a "lucky" finalist and disregard or are unaware of his tremendous overall performance during the fortnight.

Pioline defeated Safin in the 4th round and part of the reason why he played so poorly in the semi-finals has to be down to the fact ht spent a lot of time on the court. Not much blame can be put on an 18 year old who had to endure 2 5 setters and a 4 setter prior, he had never competed at the highest level previously.
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AO 2007
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RG 2006 was a bit crap. Fed-Nalby could have been a classic if it wasn't for David's illness- he retired and cut it short, while Ljubo had beaten a bunch of clowns plus Mugaco and the outcome of his semi was NID.
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