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An upset not only alters your next few days’ routines but also your mood for the next couple of weeks. It tests your patience mentally. And if you are a die-hard fan of the player, then your entire world falls apart at just that one moment. That one match point. And as your beloved player loses the point, the entire world stops for a second.
As you sit in front of the television, watching your favourite player, noticing every single expression he gives, you can feel the pain he is feeling right now. You never thought this new guy from a country where tennis is played by only a few, or this journeyman you had never heard of before, or this funny guy with pink shorts, could beat your idol.
You go into your shell and vow never to watch tennis again. But you do come back, because you cannot live without tennis.
So here are the top 5 moments, which broke our hearts this year…
1. Rafael Nadal’s loss to Fabio Fognini
Rafael Nadal was 2 sets to love up in the third round of this year’s U.S. Open. He was in cruise control of the match. But then something strange happened. For the first time in his career, Nadal lost a match being up two sets to love in a Grand Slam. Before this match, Nadal was 151-0 when leading by two sets to nil.
Fabio Fognini completed the remarkable comeback and won 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 in a match that finished at 1:30 a.m. local time.
2. Roger Federer’s loss to Andreas Seppi
Every player comes in the first Grand Slam of the year with loads of expectations. Even more so if you are Roger Federer. Everything seemed to work fine until the third round match. Seppi, ranked number 46 in the world, took out the four-time champion in 4 sets thus shocking the tennis world.
Federer was 10-0 up in head to head record and had never lost a single set in any of their previous ten meetings. But with his on-court movement not up to the mark and his backhand failing to hit the mark time and again, Federer was knocked out of the tournament. The final scoreline was 6-4 7-6 4-6 7-6.
3. Novak Djokovic’s loss to Stan Wawrinka
I don’t know if it is fair to call it an upset with Stan’s quality of tennis, but it sure made a lot of Novak fans upset. At the Roland Garros, Stan played his best tennis of the year to shatter Novak’s dream of completing the career slam.
Novak had defeated Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals and was confident of his chances coming into the finals. However, in just 3 hours and 2 minutes, Stan defeated World no 1, 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to clinch the trophy.
4. Andy Murray’s loss to Kevin Anderson
At this year’s U.S. Open, Andy Murray suffered a shocking defeat. He lost to the big serving Kevin Anderson in the fourth round. The final scoreline was 7-6 6-3 6-7 7-6.
This was Anderson’s first win against a top-10 player. He had the following to say after the match:
I felt I played one of the best matches of my career. To do it at this stage, at this round, to get through to the quarters the first time in a Grand Slam definitely means a lot to me .
5. Rafael Nadal’s loss to Dustin Brown
Another shocking result for the two-time champion at The Championships. Nadal suffered a 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 defeat to the journeyman, Dustin Brown, in the second round.
Nadal was seeded 10 at the tournament and Dustin was ranked 102 in the world. Dustin had crushed the Spanish Bull, Rafa, in their only previous meeting, at Halle in 2014. But at Wimbledon, the atmosphere is completely different and Rafa was a clear favourite to win the match. With Rafa losing in just 4 sets, this match was certainly one the biggest upsets of the year.