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Top five men's singles players to win Wimbledon title with most games dropped in Open Era

Published at :April 3, 2024 at 4:33 PM
Modified at :April 3, 2024 at 4:33 PM
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Kshitij Sahu


Surprisingly, Novak Djokovic is also part of this astonishing list.

Wimbledon, the prestigious tennis Grand Slam event held on the grass courts of the All England Club, has witnessed countless battles of epic proportions. While triumph is often measured by the number of sets won or the duration of matches, an intriguing aspect of dominance lies in the number of games dropped en route to lifting the coveted trophy.

Here we delve into the Open Era and explore the remarkable journeys of five players who, despite facing formidable opponents and dropping huge number of games showcased their resilience and tenacity en route to Wimbledon glory.

5. Michael Stich (116)

Wimbledon 1991 was Stich’s only singles Grand Slam title (Courtesy: Wimbledon)

German player Michael Stich’s triumph at Wimbledon in 1991 showcased his sheer dominance on the grass courts. Despite dropping a total of 116 games, Stich’s powerful serve and clinical shot-making abilities proved to be formidable weapons throughout the tournament.

His crowning moment came in an all-German final against his compatriot Boris Becker, solidifying his place among the tennis greats. Stich’s victory at Wimbledon was the pinnacle of his career, and he remains a revered figure in the tennis world for his exceptional talent and ability to deliver on the biggest stage.

4. Novak Djokovic (116)

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon 2023
Djokovic will eye a fifth straight men’s singles title at Wimbledon 2023 (Courtesy: Wimbledon)

Regarded as one of the modern greats, Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic has left an indelible mark on Wimbledon. In 2014, Djokovic dropped 116 games on his way to securing the prestigious title. Known for his unwavering focus and remarkable court coverage, Djokovic displayed his relentless baseline game and mental fortitude

His final clash against Roger Federer in an enthralling five-set battle further underscored his resilience and determination. Djokovic’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2014 marked his second title at the event, propelling him to further success and solidifying his status as one of the dominant forces in men’s tennis.

3. Stefan Edberg (120)

Swedish tennis legend Stefan Edberg won the Wimbledon title twice in his career (Courtesy: USOpen.org)

Swedish tennis maestro Stefan Edberg, with his elegant playing style and exceptional athleticism, showcased his dominance at Wimbledon in 1988. Despite, dropping 120 games throughout the tournament, Edberg’s path to victory was marked by his graceful serve-and-volley game.

In the final, he triumphed over his fierce rival Boris Becker, further solidifying his place among the tennis elite. Edberg’s fluid movement and impeccable volleying skills made him a perennial favorite at Wimbledon, where he won the title twice in his illustrious career.

2. Boris Becker (126)

Boris Becker remains the youngest ever player to win Wimbledon men’s singles title (Courtesy: dw.com)

In 1985, a young German prodigy named Boris Becker captivated the tennis world by storming to the Wimbledon title at the tender age of 17. Known for his fearless net play and powerful groundstrokes, Becker dropped 126 games on his path to victory, solidifying his reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

His exceptional performance made him the youngest-ever men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, marking the beginning of an illustrious career. Becker went on to win a total of six Grand Slam titles, and his explosive style of play remains etched in the memories of tennis fans worldwide.

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1. Goran Ivanisevic (139)

The 2001 Wimbledon win is Goran Ivanisevic’s only Grand Slam title (Courtesy: Indian Express)

Goran Ivanisevic, the charismatic Croatian known for his powerful serves, etched his name into Wimbledon history with a remarkable victory in 2001. As a wildcard entrant, Ivanisevic defied all odds, dropping a staggering 139 games throughout the tournament. His path to glory culminated in a captivating five-set final against Australia’s Pat Rafter, a match that showcased Ivanisevic’s unwavering determination and showcased his ability to triumph against all expectations.

The victory was particularly poignant as it marked Ivanisevic’s first and only Grand Slam title, solidifying his place among the greats of the sport.

Despite dropping a significant number of games on their path to Wimbledon victory, these five players epitomize the spirit of unwavering resilience and unyielding determination. Their remarkable journeys serve as a testament to their skill, mental fortitude, and ability to overcome formidable challenges on the grandest stage of tennis.

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