Most famous upsets in Wimbledon history

Jun 26, 2013, 00:36 IST | PA Sport

For the second year in a row, Rafael Nadal suffered one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, losing in Round 1 on Monday against Belgium's 135th-ranked Steve Darcis.

Here are some of the tournament’s most famous upsets in the men’s singles.

1970: Roger Taylor v Rod Laver
When the great Laver faced Britain’s Roger Taylor in the fourth round in 1970 he had won 31 consecutive matches and was favourite to complete a Wimbledon hat-trick. National hero Taylor overwhelmed the champion 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.

1987: Peter Doohan v Boris Becker
‘Boom Boom Boris’ became Wimbledon’s youngest champion at the age of 17 in 1985. He arrived as favourite but Australian Peter Doohan played the match of his life in the second round to win 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

1991: Nick Brown v Goran Ivanisevic
Charismatic Croatian Goran Ivanisevic was one year away from reaching his first Wimbledon final when he came up against unheralded Briton Nick Brown (ranked 591) in the second round. Brown, who had quit the game for five years, won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

1996: Richard Krajicek v Pete Sampras
Richard Krajicek had the right game and right build to be a winner on grass. Some experts, John McEnroe included, believed he could play a big part in the tournament and nothing came bigger than the quarter-final pounding he gave triple champion Pete Sampras in winning 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 on his way to the 1996 title.

2002: George Bastl v Pete Sampras
Sampras suffered one of the most surprising defeats of his career to world 145 George Bastl in Round 2. Sampras battled back from two sets down, but Bastl held his nerve to win the last 6-4.

2003: Lleyton Hewitt v Ivo Karlovic
Hewitt became just the second returning champion to exit in the first round as he fell foul of the big-serving Croatian on his Grand Slam debut. There was little indication what was to come when Karlovic lost the first set  6-1 to the top seed. But he bounced back to seal a stunning victory 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-4.

2012: Rafael Nadal v Lukas Rosol
Unsung Czech Rosol claimed a stunning second-round victory over Spanish superstar Nadal. The 26-year-old send Nadal packing 6-7 (11/9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6 6-4, taking the decider under the Centre Court roof. 

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