Sjengster, that's quite a list. I'm glad you reminded me of some of these matches. You make a good point about the recent one-sided affairs. My thinking, however, is that these first time finalists worked so hard to get there that it's a shame they can't make a better showing. But, what can you do in the face of the top three players in the world?Originally posted by Sjengster
In the last three years, from Wimbledon 2000 onwards: Sampras v Rafter, Kuerten v Corretja (for 2 sets, before Kuerten completely thrashed him), Ivanisevic v Rafter, Johansson v Safin, Sampras v Agassi. Yes, those are mostly older players... it's hardly surprising that we've had such one-sided finals recently, given that Nalbandian, Schuettler and Verkerk have become amazing surprise finalists and then had to play the top three players in the world in their respective finals. The Wimbledon and Roland Garros finals even had exactly the same scoreline, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.