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Summary of comebacks of the Big Four when being 2 sets down

How often did Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal come back from the brink? Here is the complete match list!

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They say that everything is possible in tennis. The Big Four proved this several times in the past by winning matches when they had lost the first 2 sets. Here are all their matches with references!

Roger Federer (10 times)

After ending his career in September 2022, Roger Federer won’t increase this record (shared with Boris Becker, Andy Murray, Aaron Krickstein) anymore. Here is his list of victories.

1. US Open 2000, 1st round

4:6 4:6 6:3 7:5 3:4 retired vs Peter Wessels (NED)

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2. French Open 2001, 2nd round

4:6 3:6 6:2 6:4 9:7 vs Sargis Sargsian (ARM)

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3. Miami Open 2005, Final

2:6 6:7 7:6 6:3 6:1 vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)

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4. Australian Open 2009, 4th round

4:6 6:7 6:4 6:4 6:2 vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)

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5. French Open 2009, 4th round

6:7 5:7 6:4 6:0 6:2 vs Tommy Haas (GER)

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6. Wimbledon 2010, 1st round

5:7 4:6 6:4 7:6 6:0 vs Alejandro Falla (COL)

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7. French Open 2012, Quarter Finals

3:6 6:7 6:2 6:0 6:3 vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)

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8. Wimbledon 2012, 3rd round

4:6 6:7 6:2 7:6 6:1 vs Julien Benneteau (FRA)

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9. US Open 2014, Quarter Finals

4:6 3:6 6:4 7:5 6:2 vs Gael Monfils (FRA)

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10. Wimbledon 2016, Quarter Finals

6:7 4:6 6:3 7:6 6:3 vs Marin Cilic (CRO)

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Andy Murray (10 times)

Andy Murray has been a real fighter throughout his career. Here are ten examples to prove the fact.

1. Davis Cup 2006, 1st round

2:6 4:6 7:5 6:2 6:3 vs Andy Ram (ISR)

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2. Wimbledon 2008, 4th round

5:7 3:6 7:6 6:2 6:4 vs Richard Gasquet (FRA)

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3. US Open 2008, 3rd round

6:7 4:6 7:6 6:1 6:3 vs JΓΌrgen Melzer (AUT)

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4. French Open 2010, 1st round

4:6 6:7 6:4 6:2 6:1 vs Richard Gasquet (FRA)

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5. French Open 2011, 4th round

4:6 4:6 6:3 6:2 7:5 vs Victor Troicki (SRB)

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6. US Open 2011, 2nd round

6:7 2:6 6:2 6:0 6:4 vs Robin Haase (NED)

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7. Wimbledon 2013, Quarter Finals

4:6 3:6 6:1 6:4 7:5 vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

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8. US Open 2015, 2nd round

5:7 4:6 6:1 6:3 6:1 vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

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9. French Open 2016, 1st round

3:6 3:6 6:0 6:3 7:5 vs Radek Stepanek (CZE)

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10. US Open 2020, 1st round

4:6 4:6 7:6 7:6 6:4 vs Yoshihito Nishioka (JAP)

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Novak Djokovic (7 times)

When Novak Djokovic turns around a 2-set-deficit, he will most likely win the tournament afterward. This happened already 5 times out of 7 in total and his career hasn’t ended yet.

1. Wimbledon 2005, 2nd round

3:6 3:6 7:6 7:6 6:4 vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

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2. US Open 2011, Semi Finals

6:7 4:6 6:3 6:2 7:5 vs Roger Federer (SUI)

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3. French Open 2012, 4th round

4:6 6:7 6:3 7:5 6:3 vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)

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4. Wimbledon 2015, 4th round

6:7 6:7 6:1 6:4 7:5 vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)

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5. French Open 2021, 4th round

6:7 6:7 6:1 6:0 4:0 retired vs Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)

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6. French Open 2021, Final

6:7 2:6 6:3 6:2 6:4 vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

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7. Wimbledon 2022, Quarter Finals

5:7 2:6 6:3 6:2 6:2 vs Jannik Sinner (ITA)

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Rafael Nadal (4 times)

Rafael Nadal succeeded β€œonly” four times so far when being 2 sets down. It might have to do with the fact that it is pretty hard to get a 2-set-lead against him. Here is a list of people that achieved this and lost anyway.

1. Madrid Masters 2005, Final

3:6 2:6 6:3 6:4 7:6 vs Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

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2. Wimbledon 2006, 4th round

6:7 3:6 7:6 7:5 6:4 vs Robert Kendrick (USA)

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3. Wimbledon 2007, 4th round

4:6 3:6 6:1 6:2 6:2 vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

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4. Australian Open 2022, Final

2:6 6:7 6:4 6:4 7:5 vs Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

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