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Old 04-03-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default The 'close but no cigar' thread

Basically to post cases of players who have reached the final of a particular tournament at least 3 times but haven't been able to ever win.

from the top of my head i can think of these:

Nadal in Miami

2005: F Roger Federer (SUI) 1 L 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 3-6, 1-6
2008: F Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 4 L 4-6, 2-6
2011: F Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2 L 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4)
2014: F Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2 L 3-6, 3-6

Federer in Monte Carlo:

2006: F Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2 L 2-6, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-7(5)
2007: F Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2 L 4-6, 4-6
2008: F Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2 L 5-7, 5-7

Marcelo Ríos in Viña del Mar:

1995: F Slava Dosedel (CZE) 70 L 6-7(3), 3-6
1996: F Hernan Gumy (ARG) 58 L 4-6, 5-7
1997: F Julian Alonso (ESP) 45 L 2-6, 1-6
2003: F David Sanchez (ESP) 57 L 6-1, 3-6, 3-6

Andy Roddick in Wimbledon:

2004: F Roger Federer (SUI) 1 L 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(3), 4-6
2005: F Roger Federer (SUI) 1 L 2-6, 6-7(2), 4-6
2009: F Roger Federer (SUI) 2 L 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-7(5), 6-3, 14-16

Bjorn Borg in the US Open:

1976: F Jimmy Connors (USA) N/A L 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6
1978: F Jimmy Connors (USA) N/A L 4-6, 2-6, 2-6
1980: F John McEnroe (USA) N/A L 6-7, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5, 4-6
1981: F John McEnroe (USA) N/A L 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 3-6



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Old 04-03-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Thanks for these! So nice when players finally manage to win having lost a few times in the final, like Ivanisevic in Wimbledon and Fed at the FO... of these the only one who might be able to win would be Rafa in Miami, probably.
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Nice work!

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Gaudio in Stuttgart

2000: Franco Squillari (ARG) 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
2004: Guillermo Cañas (ARG) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3
2005: Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Gaudio in Stuttgart

2000: Franco Squillari (ARG) 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
2004: Guillermo Cañas (ARG) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3
2005: Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
gaudio was close... he should have beaten franco.
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gaudio was close... he should have beaten franco.
Good thread by the way, something a bit different. He so wanted the Mercedes, when he lost to Cañas, he said he want to steal it next time.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Good thread by the way, something a bit different.
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Louis Maria Heyden in Hamburg:

1920: F Oscar Kreuzer (GER)L 6–0, 6–0, 6–2
1923: F Heinz Landmann (GER) L 6–2, 6–3, 7–5
1924: F Béla von Kehrling (HUNGARY) L 8–6, 6–1, 9–7

Jan Kodeš in Rome:

1970: F Ilie Nastase (ROU) N/A L 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-8
1971: F Rod Laver (AUS) N/A L 5-7, 3-6, 3-6
1972: F Manuel Orantes (ESP) N/A L 6-4, 1-6, 5-7, 2-6

George Lyttleton-Rogers in Monte Carlo:

1931: F Henri Cochet (FRA) L 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
1932: F Roderich Menzel (CHZ) L 6–4, 7–5, 6–2
1933: F Henry Austin (GBR) L 11–9, 6–3, 7–5

Mervyn Rose in Barcelona:

1956: F Herbert Flam (USA) 6–2, 6–3, 6–0
1957: F Herbert Flam (USA) 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1958: F Sven Davidson (SWE) 4–6, 6–2, 7–5, 6–1

Mervyn Rose in Bastad:

1952: F Budge Patti (USA) 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
1955: F Hamilton Richardson (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
1958: F Ashley Cooper (AUS) [can't find the score]

Guillermo Vilas in Barcelona:

1980: F Ivan Lendl (USA) N/A L 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6
1981: F Ivan Lendl (USA) N/A L 0-6, 3-6, 0-6
1982: F Mats Wilander (SWE) N/A L 3-6, 4-6, 3-6
1983: F Mats Wilander (SWE) N/A L 0-6, 3-6, 1-6

Tim Henman in London/Queen's:

1999: F Pete Sampras (USA) 3 L 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-7(4)
2001: F Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6 L 6-7(3), 6-7(3)
2002: F Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 1 L 6-4, 1-6, 4-6

Petr Kanderal in Basel:

1971: F Jiri Zahradnicek (CZH) 6–4, 5–7, 6–3
1972: F Michel Burgener (SUI) 7–5, 4–6, 6-0
1974: F Roger Taylor (GBR) 6-4, 6-2
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:40 AM   #12
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Cool thread man, nice to see something different! Keep em coming.
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I'll also add DC finals performances.

Argentina in DC:

1981: vs. USA (local) - Surface: carpet indoors
Tie 1: McEnroe d. Vilas 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Tie 2: Clerc d. Tanner 7-5, 6-3, 8-6
Tie 3: Fleming/McEnroe d. Clerc/Vilas 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 11-9
Tie 4: McEnroe d. Clerc 7-5 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-3

This must have been one hell of a final. I remember that last year Clerc -now ESPN commentator for LA- said that McEnroe was the one player he seriously couldn't stand. For the record, McEnroe and the USA team had their revenge against Vilas and Clerc after losing in Buenos Aires the year before http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6CIttvDOA8

2006: vs. Russia (local) - Surface: carpet indoors
Tie 1: Davydenko d. Chela 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Tie 2: Nalbandian d Safin 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Tie 3: Safin/Tursunov d. Calleri/Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Tie 4: Nalbandian d. Davydenko: 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Tie 5: Safin d. Acasuso: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)

2008: vs. Spain (visit) - Surface: Hard (Acrylic) indoors
Tie 1: Nalbandian d. Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Tie 2: F. López d. Del Potro: 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3
Tie 3: Verdasco d. Acasuso: 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:15 AM   #14
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I like this thread... Good work!
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The all-time challenger final's loser (14 finals) comes in handy.

Yen-Hsun Lu in Busan CH:

2004 F Alexander Peya (AUT) L 3-6, 7-5, 3-6
2008 F Go Soeda (JPN) L 2-6 RET
2010 F Yong-Kyu Lim (KOR) L 1-6, 4-6

For a total of 9 times playing in Busan.
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