Wimbledon 2012: Ranking the Biggest Fails in Wimbledon History

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2012

Wimbledon 2012: Ranking the Biggest Fails in Wimbledon History

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    There have certainly been some upsets in the history of the Wimbledon Championships.  Top names have undoubtedly and epically fallen at the All England Club.

    From a defending champion losing in the first round to a player ranked No. 100 defeating an 11-time Grand Slam champion, Wimbledon has been home to some huge shockers on Centre Court.

    Here's a look at some of the biggest upsets/fails in the history of Wimbledon. 

5. Jelena Dokic vs. Martina Hingis

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    This was quite a shocker.  Martina Hingis was just coming off a French Open final when she lost to a 16-year-old qualifier in Jelena Dokic back in 1999.

    Dokic, ranked No. 129, defeated Hingis in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.  A top-seeded Hingis fell earlier than expected.

    The 1997 Wimbledon champion never seemed to rebound from this devastating early exit. 

4. Ivo Karlovic vs. Lleyton Hewitt

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    This was a fail for defending Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt.  The 2002 winner was ousted in the first round against Ivo Karlovic. 

    The Aussie could not figure out Dr. Ivo's massive serve all match.  Hewitt was the main guy in this time period, as he won a major in both 2001 and 2002. 

    On this day in 2003, Hewitt made history for being on the wrong side of one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history. 

3. Peter Doohan vs. Boris Becker

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    I'm sure you remember Peter Doohan....it's ok, neither do I.  However, this upset is one of the more known ones in Wimbledon history.

    Back in 1987, Doohan defeated Boris Becker—who was the Wimbledon winner in the last two years prior to the upset.  He was also the No. 1 player at the time. 

    Doohan, an Australian, earned the nickname "The Becker Wrecker" in Australia following the victory. 

    On this day, Doohan very much was.  It was a second round loss for Becker as well. 

    At the time, Doohan was the 70th-ranked player in the world.  Clearly, that didn't matter against Becker. 

2. George Bastl vs. Pete Sampras

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    One of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history saw a seven-time Wimbledon champion lose to a player ranked No. 145. 

    That's right, Pete Sampras fell to George Bastl on Court 2 in the second round of their 2002 battle. 

    For a guy that has only reached one singles final in his career and ranked No. 845 (nope, that's not a typo) in 2011, Bastl is mainly known for this monumental victory over one of the best players to ever step on grass. 

    This will go down as one of the most shocking upsets in tennis history. 

1. Lukas Rosol vs. Rafael Nadal

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    The biggest upset in all of tennis took place at Wimbledon in 2012.  The No. 100 Lukas Rosol took down No. 2 Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller.

    Rosol took it to Rafa in each set, and had an amazing serving day. 

    Rosol had a very unknown-type story coming into the match as well.  The Czech never got past the first round before this year's journey at the All England Club.

    This is the best upset, because Nadal was fresh off of a French Open title.  Nobody had any idea this would happen. 

    To be fair, though, not many players would have beaten Rosol on that day.