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Chill Rafa, you are not alone in history

1987

Peter Doohan v Boris Becker Becker was the double champion having triumphed in 1985, when he was the youngest champion at the age of 17, and again in 1986.


Boris Becker

However, the following year, he met unseeded Australian Peter Doohan who played the match of his life to win 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Doohan became known as ‘The Becker Wrecker’. Becker's response: “I lost a tennis match. Nobody died.”

1999

Jelena Dokic v Martina Hingis Top seed Hingis was stunned by 16-year-old qualifier Jelena Dokic - then ranked 129 in the world - who won in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.


Martina Hingis

It was Hingis' first match since her collapse at the French Open final and only the third time the top-seeded woman was eliminated in the first round at Wimbledon — the others were Margaret Smith in 1962 and Steffi Graf in 1994.

2002

George Bastl v Pete Sampras
Swiss journeyman Bastl, ranked 145 in the world, defeated seven-time champion Pete Sampras, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4.


Pete Sampras

Bastl had only been in the main draw as a lucky loser, having lost to Alexander Waske in qualifying. The match took place on Court Two which was famed as the ‘Graveyard of Champions.’

2003

Lleyton Hewitt v Ivo Karlovic Karlovic may have exited this year’s Wimbledon in a storm of controversy after claiming line judges were biased in favour of Andy Murray, but in 2003 he was the sensation of Centre Court. The Croat, making his Grand Slam debut, defeated the defending champion in the first round, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. 


Lleyton Hewitt

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