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Top 5: Shocking upsets at Wimbledon

1. Swiss George Bastl beats Pete Sampras, 2002

Nadal’s elimination at the hands of Lukas Rosol,a Czech ranked 100th was a seismic shock.But Nadal is in good company because some of Wimbledon’s other greats have have also suffered ignominious exits.Here are 5 other matches that shook up Wimbledon.

George Bastl beats Pete Sampras

Sampras, with seven Wimbledon trophies in his possession, endured one of the worst defeats of his career, losing 6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4 in the second round to a player ranked 145th in the world and who was a lucky loser from qualifying.American Sampras recovered to win the U.S. Open a few weeks later before retiring.

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2. Lleyton Hewitt defeated by Ivo Karlovic, 2003

Lleyton Hewitt takes a giant beating by Ivo Karlovic

Hewitt, the defending champion, won the first set 6-1 before unheralded Karlovic, ranked 202, wheeled out the big guns and battered the Australian into submission with a devastating display of serving. Karlovic won 1-6 7-6 6-3 6-4 and for only the second time in the history of the event, the top seeded male was toppled on the first day.

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3. Australian Peter Doohan beats Boris Becker, 1987

Australian Peter Doohan beats Boris Becker

The German top seed and two-times defending champion seemed invincible on the Wimbledon grass but ran into 70th-ranked Doohan in the second round.Boom Boom, as Becker was nicknamed, was bounced out 7-6 4-6 6-2 6-4 and Doohan earned the nickname “Becker Wrecker”.

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4. Andre Agassi humbled by Paradorn Srichaphan, 2002

Andre Agassi humbled by Paradorn Srichaphan

A 32-year-old Agassi, seeded three after a stunning career revival, joined old rival Sampras on the scrap heap after being dismantled by Thailand’s Srichaphan 6-4 7-6 6-2.The second round match was all over in one hour 47 minutes.

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5. Kevin Curren beats John McEnroe, 1985

Kevin Curren beats John McEnroe

Defending champion McEnroe had compiled an 82-3 record the previous year and was still the “Guvnor” at Wimbledon, reaching the previous five finals.However, South African Curran proved no shrinking violet and won the last eight clash 6-2 6-2 6-4. McEnroe was never quite the same again, failing to win another grand slam.

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