The 10 Most Lopsided Grand Slam Finals in Men's Tennis

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The 10 Most Lopsided Grand Slam Finals in Men's Tennis

There are one-sided victories in the world of tennis every week, but to see them in a Grand Slam final is a little more. You don't expect it, because the players are supposed to be evenly matched.

Not always. Actually, these 10 were quite the opposite. Obtuse in every sense of the word, many of these matchups probably never should have happened in the first place.

But they did anyway.

So here you go, enjoy!

 

10. 1951 U.S. Open: Frank Sedgman vs. Vic Seixas

6-4, 6-1, 6-1

Vic Seixas was the popular punching bag of the decade, as this was not the first time he was absolutely eradicated in a Slam final. "Sedgie" zoomed around the court like a squirrel on caffeine, attacking every ball in sight with his Continental grip.

Seixas was overwhelmed after folding in the first set and had a better chance of getting struck by lightning twice than winning three sets against a rabid Frank Sedgman.

 

9. 1963 Australian Open: Roy Emerson vs. Ken Fletcher

6-3, 6-3, 6-1

Emmo was basically a god in Melborne during his Australian Open reign. Playing him in a final was the equivalent to facing a video game character where the computer just decides that you have no chance of beating him.

With his superior physical fitness, Roy Emerson pile-drove Ken Fletcher into the ground by simply outlasting him. He got stronger as the match went on, while Fletcher headed south with every point lost.

 

8. 2003 Australian Open: Andre Agassi vs. Rainer Schuettler

6-2, 6-2, 6-1

Of the eight Grand Slams won by Andre Agassi, he may well have saved his best for last. Nearing the end of his career, Agassi was flawless, ruthless, and brutally effective. Rainer Schuettler, on the other hand, was a little lucky to even be in the final in the first place after disposing of a spent Andy Roddick.

He barely had the chance to breath, let alone win points off Agassi. In a match that lasted a whole 76 minutes, Agassi nearly doubled Schuettler's point total. He also won a ludicrous 71 percent of the points off the German's second serve.

 

7. 1923 Wimbledon: William Johnston vs. Frank Hunter

6-0, 6-3, 6-1

The latter of the "Big and Little Bill" duo, William Johnston made a superb return to Wimbledon after serving in the Great War. Little Bill had a punishing Western forehand that was never before seen and poor Frank Hunter probably felt like he was flailing with a croquet mallet.

He had no answers for Johnston's power topspin. If there were ESPN extended highlights for this debacle, they would have lasted longer than the match itself.

 

6. 2008 French Open: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer

6-1, 6-3, 6-0

Roger Federer had high hopes coming into the tournament. With new coach Jose Higuras, he had pushed Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo and Hamburg. Not that it mattered.

Nadal had answers for everything and dominated the match from the second they left the dressing room. Federer nearly had as many unforced errors as he did points won, and he only managed to win a minuscule five points on his own second serve.

 

5. 1977 French Open: Guillermo Vilas vs. Brian Gottfried

6-0, 6-3, 6-0

Brian Gottfried figured out it was the year of Vilas before most people did. The Category Five hurricane that was Guillermo Vilas blew anything off the court that wasn't nailed down, and Mr. Got-Fried was no exception.

The first set was done before most of the audience sat down and the match was over faster than the local weather. The more topspin that Vilas hit, the worse Gottfried looked on court.

 

4. 1957 Wimbledon: Lew Hoad vs. Ashley Cooper

6-2, 6-1, 6-2

This honestly looked like a high school mismatch. Lew Hoad completely outclassed Ashley Cooper in every aspect of the game. Described by the Tennis Hall of Fame, Hoad was "a 5'8", 175-pounder with a gorilla chest and iron wrists," the Tank just bulldozed Cooper out of the way en route to another Wimbledon title.

Hoad was so good on this day that someone plucked at random from the crowd would have had a similar chance of winning as Cooper did. The immense power behind Hoad's forehand was just awe-inspiring.

 

3. 1974 U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors vs. Ken Rosewall

6-1, 6-0, 6-1

It was a major testament to the will of Ken Rosewall that he was even in this final at 39 years young. He faced a kid half his age, and was expected to make a match of it. Not in the slightest.

Jimmy Connors was invincible on serve and mixed his plays up extremely well. Whether he came to net, took a few steps forward, or played from the baseline, he had Rosewall downright confused out of his mind. It was as good as done when they took the court at Forest Hills.

 

2. 1984 Wimbledon: John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors

6-1, 6-1, 6-2

Under normal circumstances, this would have been a great matchup. But this time around, Jimmy Connors ran into a possessed John McEnroe. Mac-Attack ate his Wheaties for sure, because this match was not even remotely close.

Everything Connors did, Mac did it exponentially better and made literally no errors in the process. It took him a mere 80 minutes to slam the door on their 27th career meeting.

 

1. 1881 Wimbledon: William Renshaw vs. John Hartley

6-0, 6-1, 6-1

When the crowd of a few thousand showed up at the All-England Club, they thought the match might be over before it even started. John Hartley was the defending champion and he looked to have it easy against a 20-year-old college student.

The crowd was right, the match was essentially over when the players took the court—but in the other favor. William Renshaw rushed the net like never seen before using smashes and volleys, and obliterated Hartley in 37 minutes. To put that in perspective, that's about 12 minutes per set.

Many games today take longer.   

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