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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.


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.


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”.


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.


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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