Murray Joins The One Slam Club!
Posted on September 11, 2012 by Joe Plewes
With one final overzealous swing from Novak Djokovic’s racquet, Britain was in delirium, Dunblane’s finest was in a bemused trance and Kim, Judy, Simon Fuller, Sir Alex Ferguson and co. were jumping up and down like there was no tomorrow.
That jubilation appears to have continued long into the night – at least for Murray’s entourage – while the man of the hour apparently enjoyed some victory lemonade. Of course, the 25-year-old has plenty more historic moments ahead of him, and if he does manage Wimbledon success perhaps a glass of the old Pimm’s might be permitted…
So Murray has finally shaken his tag as one of the best players never to win a slam, but who else has managed to sip on the victory soda only once? It’s difficult to make a case for many of these grabbing success in the current game, surely?
Especially not Petr Korda! The Czech left-hander managed to take the Australian Open in 1998, but had his career somewhat tarnished when he tested positive for nandrolone just five months later. The fact Korda was found guilty of taking a banned substance having just lost to Tim Henman should perhaps send alarm bells ringing!
Failure to qualify for Wimbledon the following year was compounded by the ITF finally doling out a 12 month ban, and but for a brief swansong in 2000 Korda’s career was over for good.
Johansson summed up his 2002 Australian Open triumph the way most did… by stating that he never thought he would win a Grand Slam! The Swede beat the rather temperamental Marat Safin in the final, as the talented Muscovite spent an evening doing what he often did best: smashing tennis racquets and being rather emotional.
Johansson was seeded sixteen for that tournament and never reached another final, although he did have an excellent run at Wimbledon in 2005 which was ended in the last four by Andy Roddick (an unfortunate member of the one slam club, too)! The Scandinavian’s French Open form was rather less impressive; Johansson never made it past the second round!
Austrian-born Thomas could only muster (groan) one victory at the 1995 French Open, earning him the ‘King of Clay’ title alongside his seven Masters Series victories. You could hardly even call him the Prince of Clay when you set him alongside Rafael Nadal’s seven SLAM victories, but Muster at his peak was a formidable opponent.
Muster has been described a ‘slightly nuts’ and an attempted comeback at the age of 43 alongside a wine business do little to dispel that idea!
Gaudio is only 33, but you have to go back eight years for the biggest moments of his career. The Argentine never made it past the third round of any slam other than the French, but on clay he could be brilliant and even beat Rafael Nadal twice when the young Spaniard was on the rise.
In 2004 Gaudio won the French Open despite being unseeded, and was even 0-6 1-5 down on his triumphant day, but came back to win against compatriot Guillermo Coria. In truth there was little more to write home about, making Gaudio a true one hit wonder!
Perhaps not quite as dramatically as Ivanišević was, though! Few even remember that Pat Rafter was his opponent that day in 2001, but prefer to think of the stunned reaction of the Croat as he saw his opponent’s forehand crash into the net to hand him a historic Wimbledon victory. The one slam club has few more memorable members than Goran!
Make sure you play Oddslife this week, as a PS Vita is on offer for the best player… you never know, you might get the chance to predict against one or two of these tennis ‘legends!’