Nadal Loss: Five Other Great Wimbledon Upsets

Published June 26, 2013 by OCR Editor

Nadal Loss: Five Other Great Wimbledon Upsets

Wimbledon has a history of great sports betting surprises

Rafael Nadal shouldn't feel so bad about being knocked out of Wimbledon by 135th ranked Steve Darcis. As our list of the five greatest Wimbledon upsets shows, the underdog often gets the better of the favorite in tennis.

Five Top Wimbledon Upsets

5) Jelena Dokic defeats Martina Hingis, 6-2, 6-1, R1 1999: Aussie Dokic was ranked 129 th at the time and only made the Wimbledon main draw through qualification. Her win would have a lasting effect - world number one Hingis would never win another grand slam.

4) Ivo Karlovic defeats Lleyton Hewitt, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4, R1 2003: Karlovic was ranked 202 when he became just the second man ever to beat the number one seed on day one. Hewitt was defending champ, but Roger Federer went on to win five straight Wimbledon titles.

3) George Bastl defeats Pete Sampras, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, R2 2002: Sampras was sixth-seed that year, but his loss to 145 th -ranked Bastl capped off the greatest day of upsets in Wimbledon history. Andre Agassi and Marat Safin also lost to unknowns within hours.

2) Peter Doohan defeats Boris Becker, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, R2 1987: Becker had never lost a match at the All England Club and Doohan had never won a match there prior to 1987. Nonetheless, the Aussie denied the German number one seed a shot at his third straight Wimbledon crown.

1) Roger Taylor defeats Rod Laver, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, R4 1970: True, Laver's remarkable career was coming to an end, but he had won a calendar year Grand Slam in 1969 and it was rare then for a Brit to beat an Aussie at tennis.

Wimbledon Live Betting 2013

Upsets happen every year, and there could be more to come at Wimbledon 2013 - which is what makes sports betting so interesting. Thanks to William Hill and bet365, punters can also place live wagers on all Wimbledon matches this year. Keep an eye on the OCR site throughout this year's tournament for previews of the best games.

See also

US Open Round of 16: Rafael Nadal vs Alexandr Dolgopolov

Wimbledon Men's Singles Final: Federer vs. Djokovic Battle of Giants

Rafael Nadal to Face Ronaldo for Poker Duel

US Open: Nadal vs Lajovic in Round of 128 Action

US Open Quarterfinal: Nadal vs Rublev


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