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Top 5 Wimbledon Comebacks of this Decade – Men’s Singles

Published 06/17/2016, 2:56 PM EDT

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Being down two sets to none can bring out the very best in a player. At the same time, being up two sets to love can often bring out the very worst in a player. Talking about Comebacks in Tennis matches or rather any Sports – the winner starts by losing and then defies odds as the match progresses.

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Here are five best Wimbledon comebacks in the modern men’s game.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet stunned the Wimbledon crowd by staging a remarkable fightback to topple third seed Andy Roddick 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3), 8-6 to secure a semi-final against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon of 2007.


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Gasquet, then a 21-year-old, ranked 14 in the world, possessed a more complete game than the typical Serve-Volley player like Roddick and played some sublime shots that left his opponent absolutely stunned.

Nerves seemed to get the better of him early in the match as he conceded a break point in the first and third games. Frequent forays to the net began paying dividends for Gasquet while Roddick, whose own service looked predictably impenetrable, was glued to the baseline.

Nerves seemed to get the better of the 21-year-old early in the match as he conceded break points in the initial stages of the match. But his progressive movement towards the net was the key to his comeback.

 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made a superb comeback to beat Roger Federer, and also end the Swiss’ hopes of claiming a seventh Wimbledon title. The Swiss had never lost from two sets ahead at a Grand Slam, but went down 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the biggest upset of the tournament in 2011.

“I was just perfect today. I served just unbelievably,” said Tsonga.

“But in the match before I felt really confident on this shot. I hope it will continue.I’m the kind of player who likes these big moments. So I hope I will have some more.”

“Can I win Wimbledon? Why not?”

Andy Murray produced a stunning fightback from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet, thrilling a packed Wimbledon crowd.
The Briton looked down and out when Gasquet served for the match in the third set,but he recovered for a superb 5-7,3-6,7-6 (3),6-2,6-4 victory.

And there was the initiation of Murray into WImbledon crowd’s affections.

British number one Andy Murray kept his hopes of winning Wimbledon alive with a dramatic five-set win over Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon of 2013.

Murray was increasingly under pressure on his second serve throughout the match and the Spaniard’s favoured Forehand always dominated the Murray’s game. Then with victory eminent and some over-confidence seeping in, Verdasco blew a two set lead to let Murray of with a scare.

Murray was attempting to become the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon, and he was only two matches away from the goal. Each and every point during the third set was met with absolute delight and frustration by the fans who dreaded their man being down two sets and facing elimination.

“There’s been a lot of matches where I’ve been behind and managed to turn it round,” he said after the match.

“I don’t know if it is the most emotional match, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere and great to get through.”

Murray went on to win the title that year.

A new star burst onto the Wimbledon scene in 2014 as Australian teenage wildcard Nick Kyrgios saved a record nine match points to dump out 13th seed Richard Gasquet.


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The Australian, at 19 the youngest man in the draw, came from two sets down and saved nine match points over four separate games in the final set before clinching a 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 victory over Richard Gasquet.

“It’s definitely the biggest win of my career so far,” Kyrgios said.


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“I knew the match points were there for him, I just went through my routine on serve and took my time.

“As soon as I got my opportunity I took it.”

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