Best Of 2010
Biggest Upsets Of The Year - Top 2
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com reviews the Top 2 upsets of the 2010 season.
On paper it appeared it would be a straight forward victory for three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick as he took on Yen-Hsun Lu in the fourth round at Wimbledon. The Chinese Taipei player had won back-to-back matches on grass only once before, at The Queen’s Club in 2004, and he had lost all three of his previous meetings with former World No. 1 Roddick.
In an inspired performance from the then-26-year-old, though, Lu struck 83 winners and broke Roddick’s serve for the only time in the match in the final game to seal the dramatic victory, which he dedicated to his father who passed away in 2000. The manner of defeat for Roddick brought back harsh reminders for the American of his heart-breaking loss to Roger Federer in the 2009 final, when the Swiss player had finally broken the Roddick serve in the last game to win the marathon five-set match.
Lu became the first Asian man since Japan’s Shuzo Matsuoka at Wimbledon in 1995 to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam championship. The run did not continue for Lu, though, as he went on to lose to Novak Djokovic two days later.
“Through three sets I was playing horrendously, I mean really, really badly,” lamented Roddick. “Actually I think the fifth set was probably the best set that I played as far as hitting the ball, making him struggle to actually get through service games sometimes. But when you dig yourself a hole, it's tough to get out. He deserved to win more than I did. That's for sure."
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt proved that two hip surgeries were not enough to halt one of the fieriest competitors the game has ever seen when he snapped a 15-match losing streak against his long-standing rival Roger Federer in the Halle final. Just over four months earlier, the Australian had undergone surgery on his left hip after falling to Federer in straight sets in the Australian Open fourth round.
Federer went into their 25th meeting having won 76 of his past 77 matches on grass, including compiling a run of 29 straight victories on the lawns of Halle. The six-time Wimbledon champion and five-time Halle winner failed to capitalise on a 0/40 advantage on Hewitt’s serve in the ninth game of the second set, though, and the Australian made Federer rue his missed chances as he won the subsequent tie-break before prevailing in a tense third set.
“It’s fantastic,” declared 2002 Wimbledon champion Hewitt. “Roger’s a hell of an opponent; his grass-court record speaks for itself. Any time you play Roger on a grass court you know you’re in for a hell of a battle and I was lucky to get out of today’s match. It’s fantastic for me - I’m getting towards the end of my career and had a couple of surgeries - to know I can still compete at this level. I’m thrilled to be here and to have won another title.”
It was the 29-year-old Hewitt’s first victory over Federer since September 2003 in the Davis Cup semi-finals and saw him improve his perfect record in tour-level grass-court finals to 7-0.