Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Defeating four Top Ten players to win a men's singles title at a Grand Slam: Borg, Wilander, Federer, Nadal

Much has been made the past few days of how Rafael Nadal beat four Top Ten players to win the French Open this year, a rare achievement in tennis history. Seeded number one at the 1978 French Open, Björn Borg beat four players seeded nine and higher to win the title. Four years later at the same tournament, unseeded Mats Wilander beat players seeded second, fifth, fourth, and third in order to win the tournament. And at the 2017 Australian Open, seventeenth seed Roger Federer beat four players seeded ten and higher on his way to the title (and he defeated ninth seed Rafael Nadal in five sets in the final). (Andrew Shields, #111words, 7 June 2022)

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