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Date: 26 Jan 2009 18:03:24
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Almost history made


I read somewhere that all the top 8 have never made QF in a slam in
open era (not sure if it was only about men). Murray was the only one
who failed (in the 4th round, in 5 sets).




 
Date: 26 Jan 2009 20:48:43
From: Quake
Subject: Re: Almost history made
Sakari Lund <sakari.lund@welho.com > wrote in
news:3inrn4hvgoc6djoho8rmj3d5schj3dvjce@4ax.com:

> I read somewhere that all the top 8 have never made QF in a slam in
> open era (not sure if it was only about men).

I guess it's true for men's singles only. IIIRC, top 8 seeds qualified
for the women's singles quarterfinals at the 1989 US Open. It's very
likely other instances occurred, though.

> Murray was the only one
> who failed (in the 4th round, in 5 sets).

Yes. 1984 French Open came pretty close as well: top 7 seeds plus #9
seed qualified for the quarterfinals. Argentine's Clerc (seeded #8) was
the only one missing.


 
Date: 26 Jan 2009 18:47:50
From: TT
Subject: Re: Almost history made
Sakari Lund wrote:
>
> I read somewhere that all the top 8 have never made QF in a slam in
> open era (not sure if it was only about men). Murray was the only one
> who failed (in the 4th round, in 5 sets).

That would be a surprising stat.

But I'm sure it's _almost_ happened many times before...

--
"Now I have so many dreams to chase - the French Open, an Olympic
singles gold medal in London in 2012, the Davis Cup for Switzerland"


  
Date: 26 Jan 2009 09:28:47
From: Pedro Dias
Subject: Re: Almost history made
On Jan 26, 11:47=A0am, TT <g...@Olympics.org > wrote:
> Sakari Lund wrote:
>
> > I read somewhere that all the top 8 have never made QF in a slam in
> > open era (not sure if it was only about men). Murray was the only one
> > who failed (in the 4th round, in 5 sets).
>
> That would be a surprising stat.
>
> But I'm sure it's _almost_ happened many times before...

Not that sure. My general sense of it is that I wouldn't be that
surprised to see it happen on the Women's side, but very much so on
the Men's.

Of course, anyone who can be bothered to do the homework on this can
get themselves the pleasure of proving my brain actually *is* old,
moldy, dried-out cottage cheese.


 
Date: 26 Jan 2009 08:08:07
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Almost history made


Sakari Lund wrote:
> I read somewhere that all the top 8 have never made QF in a slam in
> open era (not sure if it was only about men). Murray was the only one
> who failed (in the 4th round, in 5 sets).

Ironic. All the top seeds except the favorite Murray made the
quarters.


  
Date: 26 Jan 2009 08:26:19
From: GOAT
Subject: Re: Almost history made
On Jan 26, 4:08 pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> Sakari Lund wrote:
> > I read somewhere that all the top 8 have never made QF in a slam in
> > open era (not sure if it was only about men). Murray was the only one
> > who failed (in the 4th round, in 5 sets).
>
> Ironic. All the top seeds except the favorite Murray made the
> quarters.

Murray should never have been considered 'favourite' anyway.