It has been a pulsating season of Tennis this year. We have seen the reemergence of Rafael Nadal. We have seen the magnificent Novak Djokovic clinching the Wimbledon title in an epic final against Roger Federer.
But apart from these, we have witnessed some jaw-dropping matches. The romance of tennis is the unpredictable nature of the game. And this year has been shocks galore in the Grand Slams. Across all the Grand Slam tournaments this season, we have witnessed the rise of David, beating the Goliath.
Let us take a look at three of the biggest shocks of this year’s Grand Slams-
Milos Raonic was the clear favorite in this tie. The Canadian was going into the match with a 10-2 record in the grass court. There were hopes that he will make it very deep in the tournament. But Argentine Guido Pella had other intentions. He was down by two sets in the match. But in the final three, the 29-year-old rallied back into the tie and clinched the victory. He eventually won the game 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 8-6.
The Argentine gave away three match points en route his win. And he said that he wanted to cry after giving away the 3rd match point. Milos Raonic lost a match for the first time despite being 2-0 up after first two sets. He said, “I wasn’t efficient and wasn’t able to play the way I needed to.”
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2. Grigor Dimitrov d. Roger Federer, US Open Quarter-finals
It takes place 2nd because of the weeks the Bulgarian player had prior to the US Open. Dimitrov was in a dismal run of form coming to the final Grand Slam of the season. He lost seven of his last eight matches. World no. 78 Dimitrov defeated Andreas Seppi in the first round and then on had some easy run of games. It was the mighty Roger Federer in the last eight, but the Bulgarian pulled off a stunner in the game. Being 3-6 down in the first set, he stormed back 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 for a place in the semi-finals. The player thanked his family and friends for overcoming the torrid period before the tournament.
Dimitrov celebrating his victory against Roger Federer
With victory in just over 3 hours and 45 minutes, Dimitrov became the lowest-ranked Grand Slam semi-finalist since Rainer Schuettler.
1. Stefanos Tsitsipas d. Roger Federer, Australian Open Fourth Round
21-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas described himself as the happiest in the world after this epic victory over Roger Federer. The legend was the defending champion and was expected to have another long run in the tournament. But the young Greek overturned the tables on that day in Melbourne. Serving 4-5, Tsitsipas saved four set points and won the final four points of the second-set tie-break to even the match. And he turned things around from there. 6-7(11), 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(5) was the result of the massive shock as Tsitsipas emerged in the quarter-finals.
Tsitsipas in action in an ATP Tour match
The Greek went on till the semi-finals where he fell to Rafael Nadal. He was the youngest quarter-finalist since Nick Kyrgios. The Greek said, “It was a very emotional moment. It was a beginning of something really big. I felt joy. I felt happiness. I felt a huge relief going out of my shoulders.”