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This is a very rare achievement, only happened three times.

del Potro USO 2009, took out Nadal in 3, Federer in 5, won the title.

Berdych Wimbledon 2010, took out Federer in 4, Djokovic in 3, was 'given' the chance to complete the trifecta but fell to Nadal in the final.

Wawrinka AO 2014, beat Djokovic in QF, Nadal in the F. He didn't do it back to back since he had a 'breather' with Berdych in the SF.


Which giant-killing has been most impressive? Also, can anyone pull this off at RG, the only Slam where it's never happened?
 

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Wawrinka is easily the least impressive and most lucky one, that is much clear..

So it is between Berdych and Delpotro:

-Pro Delpotro:

* won the whole thing
* defeat Federer in Slam Final-- only Nadal had done it until then
* Federer/Nadal were more near their peak on HC 2009 than Djokovic/Federer on Grass in 2010

-Pro Berdych

* more dominant wins in unmitigated circumstances compared to Delpo having faced Nadal's slighly hampered by muscle tear and Federer on an off-serving day (11 DFs)


I'm going with Delpo, but if Berdych had pushed Nadal to 5 sets in that Final i would have picked him here..
 

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Where is Djokovic USO 2011. Took Federer in the SF and Nadal in the final.

That was by far the most impressive.
 

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Where is Djokovic USO 2011. Took Federer in the SF and Nadal in the final.

That was by far the most impressive.
I'd guess Big 3 players don't count. ;) Giant-killing isn't really the same if you're a giant yourself.
 

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If we're solely talking about a player outside the Big 3 beating 2 Big 3 players, then I'd say easily Del Potro. He utterly manhandled Nadal and then showed amazing shotmaking and mental toughness to come back from 2-1 down against Federer in that final. It's hard to believe he was only 20 at the time, he had such enormous firepower, consistency, and maturity for his age.

He was basically everything tennis needed at the time - a big hitter who burst through the Fedal ceiling under the New York lights. Such a shame that his career has been plagued by injuries, it's tragic really.
 

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I'd guess Big 3 players don't count. ;) Giant-killing isn't really the same if you're a giant yourself.
But delpotro is 1,98 and Berdych 1,96,....

Djokovic is 188 a tall/above average guy, but hardly a giant.
 

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Stan takes this cake. Folks should deal with the fact that he wasn't lucky. Nadal was extremely unlucky facing Stan in beastly form which forced him to fake injury making it less embarrassing as possible.
 

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Where is Djokovic USO 2011. Took Federer in the SF and Nadal in the final.

That was by far the most impressive.
Whenever I don't mention Djokovic in a post, just assume it's because he's on a special God tier and shouldn't be compared to these other peasants.
 
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1-JMDP - Federer had won 5 USO finals in a row and he completely dismantled Nadal. Also a lot of mental strength to stay in the final.
2-Wawrinka - Only player to beat Djokovic 2.0 at the AO, but got lucky with Nadal's injury
3-Berdych - Nice run, but it was Djokovic's worst year and surface, and Federer was injured (almost lost to Falla of all people). Against Nadal he was awful, you can expect a scoreline like that on clay against him, but not on grass.
 

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The answer is del Potro, by far. Wawrinka got lucky because of Nadal's injury, Berdych beat Djokovic and Federer at their absolute worst.
 

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Wawrinka, his AO level is on par with Djokovic for 2 years, 13,14, Nadal's "injuries" happened in the 2nd set, and he actually recoved and won a set, so shouldn't knock down Stan's day with that excuse.

Delpo beat a version of Nadal that couldn't beat any top10 player until 2010MonteCarlo. and Fed basicly gifted the 2nd and 4th set to him in the final. He was not that good.
 

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Probably JMDP. But Stan played an incredible match against Djokovic and was well on his way to doing it again against Nadal before his injury (or whatever that was). It can't be ignored.
 

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People are underrating Berdych here. He basically routined both Federer and Djokovic on the grass on no uncertain terms. It's true he didn't take the title, but unlike del Potro and Wawrinka he'd have had to defeat all 3 to do it. Berdych's Wimbledon 2010 is probably the only ever case where a player beats 2 opponents of Djokovic and Federer's caliber and still doesn't come away with the trophy.
 

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None of them were lucky. What a stupid poll option to have. Just gives butthurt fans a chance to vote irrationally. Berdych was the least impressive due to the respective levels of Fed and Djoker. They were struggling massively. But he still earned those wins.

Del Po destroyed Nadal and then fought hard to come back and beat Roger. That was hugely impressive. Wawrinka beat the AO GOAT and then owned Nadal in the final. In fact, it would have been a 3 set win if Nadal had not have pulled his usual MTO crap.
 

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None of them were lucky. What a stupid poll option to have. Just gives butthurt fans a chance to vote irrationally. Berdych was the least impressive due to the respective levels of Fed and Djoker. They were struggling massively. But he still earned those wins.

Del Po destroyed Nadal and then fought hard to come back and beat Roger. That was hugely impressive. Wawrinka beat the AO GOAT and then owned Nadal in the final. In fact, it would have been a 3 set win if Nadal had not have pulled his usual MTO crap.
I beg to differ; del Potro and Wawrinka's runs were lucky because they involved beating 'TENNIS MUG- NADAL= Excuses, bending the rules, fluke 2010, weak clay field, classless celebrations, lucky draws, first player to lose 3 consecutive GS finals to the same man, 3 consecutive losses to players ranked outside 100 at Wimbledon including injured Darcis, only beats injured or UE strewn Djoko or Fed, embarrassed by Stronga. VAMOS!'. No wonder they looked so impressive against this kind of opposition :eek:

Berdych on the other hand beat Federer and Djokovic, who even 'struggling' are still infinitely superior to Nadal, the tennis mug, no?
 

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1. Wawrinka: I put this at #1 because both Djokovic and Nadal were AO champs by this point. Stan beat Mr. Plexicushion himself after literally taking him to the brink a year earlier. And for a set and a half he was thrashing Nadal before the injury thing had ever even become a question (amazing how this whole portion of the match goes ignored by some fans). Beating Berdych in between is nothing to sneeze at either.

2. JMDP: Nadal had still not made a huge impact during the summer hard court season period outside of his previous USO semi. Think he had a run in Canada one year beating Youzhny or Kiefer in the finals, but beyond that I don't even recall another final that he made there. Del Potro ripping him was honestly the result that should have happened.

The Federer victory was a huge upset though considering Roger's runs there in the years leading up to it. Not only is he in an exclusive club of people to beat Fed in a GS final, but look at how few times people have beaten other great champions like Pete or Nadal to win a major and you can see just how amazing a feat like that is period. If this were about "single most impressive victory", this would take it.

3. Berdych: A great win over Roger, despite Fed's form. The negative here is that Djokovic, at that time, wasn't much of a factor at Wimbledon. He lost to Granddaddy Haas just a year before.


Bear in mind that if I were strictly basing this on which was the most convincing, or which performances were the best, it'd go to Del Po. But taking into account other factors, and the names in question *together*, I'd give Wawrinka a slight edge.
 

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People are underrating Berdych here. He basically routined both Federer and Djokovic on the grass on no uncertain terms. It's true he didn't take the title, but unlike del Potro and Wawrinka he'd have had to defeat all 3 to do it. Berdych's Wimbledon 2010 is probably the only ever case where a player beats 2 opponents of Djokovic and Federer's caliber and still doesn't come away with the trophy.
No one is underrating him, all of these wins were impressive. But grass is Novak's worst surface and was only half the player he became in 2011. It looks way more impressive in retrospect.
 
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