Wimbledon’s biggest upsets

Lukas Rosol caused the biggest upset in tennis history today. Ranked number 100, he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4.

Here is a quick look back at Wimbledon’s recent upsets:

2002: George Bastl defeats Pete Sampras
Swiss player Bastl was ranked 145 in the world when he tooked on the seven time champion of Wimbledon, Pete Sampras. Bastl, who only got into the tournament as a lucky loser after failing to qualify, beat the American in five sets.
2 months later, Pistol Pete played his last match at the US Open, defeating long time rival Andre Agassi in final, to win a 14th Grand Slam title.

2003: Ivo Karlovic defeats Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt joined 1966 champion Manuel Santana in becoming only the second defending men’s title holder in Wimbledon’s history to be knocked out in the first round. Unknown qualifier Ivo Karlovic went in to the 2003 tournament ranked 203 in the world, coming back from one set down, to beat Hewitt in 4 sets.

1987: Peter Doohan defeats Boris Becker
Becker, an unseeded champion at 17 in 1985, went on to successfully defend his title the following year. But in 1987, the Australian Doohan denied him a hat-trick of titles, beating Boom Boom in the second round.

1994: Lori McNeil defeats Steffi Graf
Graf came into the 94 Wimbledon as a five time champion and had not been beaten in London in 3 years. But Lori McNeil played superb serve and volley tennis to show Steffi the door. It was the only time Graf was ever beaten in the first round of a Grand Slam if you ignore the first two years of her career.

1999: Jelena Dokic defeats Martina Hingis
As a qualifier, then 16 year old Jelena Dokic caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, defeating world number one Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-0. Ranked world number 129, she was the lowest ranked player to have defeated the top seed in a Grand Slam tournament. She also defeated Mary Pierce in straight sets before losing to Alexandra Stevenson in quarterfinals.

1996: Doug Flach defeats Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi, the third seed and 1992 Wimbledon champion was defeated in the first round by number 281 ranked doubles specialist Doug Flach on the famed Graveyard, the number 2 court.

Excerpt from Agassi’s autobiography Open:
“In the first round I face Doug Flach, ranked number 281, a qualifier who’s in over his head, though you’d never know it to watxh him against me. He plays as if he’s channeling Rod Laver, and I play like Ralph Nader.”

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  1. Gautam Ganguly says:

    what about Krjicek. Didnt he win the 1996 Wimbledon being a rank outsider? He was the 18th seeded. He got the nod since Thomas muster had pulled out and Krjicek was the champion in 1996, a feat he could not repeat again.

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