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There have been quite a lot of discussions on choking recently (Tsitsipas, Zverev 40-15, Coria). But don't forget Todd Martin's epic choking in 1996 Wimbledon SF after leading 5-1 in the 5th set. Even worse than Coria, he played a journeyman, who went on to become a complete punch bag in the final.
 

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Todd Martin was a great player, could beat any man from his era and did, but also flubbed some big matches away, whether it was fear of success or the admirable flaw of being too nice of a guy without enough ruthless killer instinct. Seemed to falter when the stakes were highest, at Wimbledon, US Open and some memorable Davis Cup heartbreak defeats vs United Kingdom vs Rusedski/Henman, and Italy/Sanguinetti.
 
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Todd Martin was a great player, could beat any man from his era and did, but also flubbed some big matches away, whether it was fear of success or the admirable flaw of being too nice of a guy without enough ruthless killer instinct. Seemed to falter when the stakes were highest, at Wimbledon, US Open and some memorable Davis Cup heartbreak defeats vs United Kingdom vs Rusedski/Henman, and Italy/Sanguinetti.
His racket smash celebration after beating Carlos Moya was one of the best moments I've ever seen.

2002 Australian Open - Ivan Ljubo choking it against Wayne Ferreira. 2 sets up and 5-1 and he managed to balls it all up. That one has to be up there, especially for a man with such a serve.

 

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His racket smash celebration after beating Carlos Moya was one of the best moments I've ever seen.

2002 Australian Open - Ivan Ljubo choking it against Wayne Ferreira. 2 sets up and 5-1 and he managed to balls it all up. That one has to be up there, especially for a man with such a serve.

Martin was a wildman vs Moya that night, like the Tazmanian devil, bulging eyes, neck veins popping, it's like the quiet reserved tennis nerd just said WTF that night at two sets down and he then played the match of his life and won in 5. Not sure if he ever played the Martin unchained beast card ever again He would have won multiple majors if he played with that intensity his entire career. Wonderful one off night by Todd, nobody who saw it will forget it. .
 

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Oh yes, an utterly godawful choke. Worst Wimbledon loss in Martin's career, he was actually consistent there in his good years. Look at who he lost to at WB in 1993-2001: peak Courier, peak Sampras, peak Ivanisevic, Washington :\, injury, Ivanisevic, Rafter, Agassi, Henman. Would've lost to peak Krajicek in the final of course but Kraj was a force of nature that fortnight, at least it wouldn't have been an utter rout. Martin is an underrated player, struggling with consistency but a solid peak and should have reached a final at all non-clay slams given he did make AO & USO finals losing to PETE and ANDRE respectively.
 
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