Many of the things in today's world are vastly unequal, and that includes some of the grand slam finals played out on the ATP world tour. This article is written precisely for that, lest they be forgotten by almost everywhere, perhaps forever.
2002 Wimbledon : Hewitt v Nalbandian (6-1 6-3 6-2)
This was the most uneventful and bland of all Wimbledon finals, in the most bland of all Wimbledon championships, which the lopsided score only made worse. The 2002 Championships made tennis history due to the unprecedentedly poor results of the top players. With the exception of Lleyton Hewitt and then world number 4 Tim Henman, the top 17 seeds were all knocked out before the fourth round. This meant that many relatively unknown players were able to advance to a high stage within the tournament, especially as Hewitt and Henman were in the same half of the draw and played each other in the semi-finals. Do not get me wrong, both the finalists are exceptionally talented and skilled players, but their talents belong to excellence on the hard court, not grass. It was 2002, and I would have wanted to see someone like Pete Sampras - Patrick Rafter match-up take their place instead. The worst part of the final is not the lopsidedness however, but how Hewitt won. On the surface, the match looked very evenly fought out, for neither one seems to be outplaying the other in the lengthily bland rallies which dominated most of the match. Hewitt only won, because he made much less errors.
2008 French Open : Nadal v Federer (6-1 6-3 6-0)
You will think it natural that Federer loses to Nadal on clay, given his lopsided head-to-head record against the Spaniard throughout about all of his career until 2017. However, the way in which he lost at the 2008 French Open final was far from usual - in fact so far away is this from usual that it was in fact the biggest trouncing that Federer has ever taken in his career. Although to be fair Federer did suffer from a bout of mononucleosis which affected his performance throughout the first half of 2008, his overly tepid and timid performance during the match was most ostensibly due a certain nervous breakdown of his (the pre-2017 Federer is known for choking).
2004 US Open: Federer v Hewitt (6-0 7-6 6-0)
Another match on this list involves Federer, but this one zooms on the opposite end of Federer's fortunes. This is the only grand slam final I know off where a double bagel occured. Not too coincidentally, this is in the perfect example of an 'inflection point match' (sorry for the abstraction, we cannot think of way to put this) in the history of tennis, when a key match of historical weight and known (a grand slam final) involves the trouncing of the new over the old, and thus marks the disruptive change in an era of tennis. The brief age of the counter-puncher (2002 - 2003) was put to ashes as the age of movement took its place. Movement and striking ability was what overran the supposedly impenetrable defense of the era's lead counterpuncher.
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