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Fernando Verdasco Cracks a Rare, Precious Milestone with Day 5 Comeback


Fernando Verdasco became only the sixth player in ATP history to complete comebacks from two sets down in all four Grand Slams on Thursday when he took out Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, 4-6, 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3.



We got curious when we read the above tweet from Josh Meiseles, so we looked into the matter a little further. Here’s the breakdown of each of the six players who have completed this rare Grand Slam milestone.

Fernando Verdasco: 5-23 When Two Sets Down in Slams

YEAR

EVENT

OPPONENT

ROUND

2007

US OPEN

MATHIEU

R128

2010

US OPEN

FERRER

R16

2011

AUSTRALIAN

TIPSAREVIC

R64

2011

WIMBLEDON

STEPANEK

R128

2014

FRENCH

CUEVAS

R64

 

While Verdasco completed his set of four at Roland Garros, three of the six (Federer, Becker and Krickstein) finished their sets at Wimbledon.

 

Roger Federer: 7-23 When Two Sets Down in Slams

YEAR

EVENT

OPPONENT

ROUND

2000

US OPEN

WESSELS

R 128

2001

FRENCH

SARGSIAN

R 64

2009

AUSTRALIAN

BERDYCH

R16

2009

FRENCH

HAAS

R16

2010

WIMBLEDON

FALLA

R128

2012

FRENCH

DEL POTRO

QF

2012

WIMBLEDON

BENNETEAU

R32

 

Interesting that Federer is the only player of the six to have completed a comeback from two sets down in the quarterfinals or later. He defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the Roland Garros quarterfinals in 2012.

 

David Nalbandian: 4-19 When Two Sets Down in Slams

YEAR

EVENT

OPPONENT

ROUND

2005

WIMBLEDON

MURRAY

R32

2006

US OPEN

BERRER

R128

2006

FRENCH

TURSUNOV

R32

2007

AUSTRALIAN

GROSJEAN

R32

 

 

Boris Becker: 7-22 When Two Sets Down in Slams

YEAR

EVENT

OPPONENT

ROUND

1987

US OPEN

WILKISON

R128

1989

US OPEN

ROSTAGNO

R64

1990

AUSTRALIAN

MECIR

R16

1991

FRENCH

WOODBRIDGE

R64

1993

US OPEN

CHERKASOV

R128

1996

AUSTRALIAN

JOHANSSON

R64

1999

WIMBLEDON

MACLAGAN

R128

 

Aaron Krickstein: 7-21 When Two Sets Down in Slams

YEAR

EVENT

OPPONENT

ROUND

1983

US OPEN

GERULAITIS

R32

1986

US OPEN

NOVACEK

R128

1986

US OPEN

ANNACONE

R64

1989

US OPEN

VOLKOV

R32

1992

FRENCH

WASHINGTON

R64

1995

AUSTRALIAN

EDBERG

R16

1995

WIMBLEDON

BERGSTROM

R128

 

How about that? When two sets down, both Krickstien and Becker have a slightly better winning percentage than Federer. But one more comeback by Federer would change that.

 

Yannick Noah: 5-17 When Two Sets Down in Slams

YEAR

EVENT

OPPONENT

ROUND

1978

WIMBLEDON

YCAZA

R128

1982

FRENCH

FIBAK

R16

1987

AUSTRALIAN

WILKISON

R16

1988

AUSTRALIAN

SMITH

R128

1989

US OPEN

MANSDORF

R32

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