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Tennis's Biggest Grand Slam Upsets of 2017

Tennis's Biggest Grand Slam Upsets of 2017

Top Five Tennis Grand Slam Upsets of 2017

Upsets are quite common in the sport of tennis with thousands of matches in over 50 annual tournaments. But rarely do massive upsets take place. These are when world-renowned top-seeded players the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray fall to significantly lesser opponents. While these upsets mean little in the long run, it's a glorious moment for the underdog.  

It was a fantastic year for underdogs in 2017. When Roger Federer and Venus Williams seemingly turn back the clock, it's thanks to a few lesser-known players who helped pave the way by taking out the favourites. Here are the five biggest upsets to happen in a Grand Slam this year:

Denis Istomin Stuns Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open

  • Odds: Istomin (+2500); Djokovic (-8000)

Little-known Istomin engineered 2017's biggest upset when he took out 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in five sets. The Serb had five Australian Open titles including the last two and had never bowed out in the second round for over a decade. Istomin, on the contrary, has never made it to a quarterfinal in a Grand Slam tournament. But none of that mattered when they squared off.

Istomin had the match of his life when he battled back from being down two-sets-to-one to topple the all-time great in five sets. Djokovic was humble in defeat and acknowledged the Uzbek wild card player's determination. Istomin would reach the fourth round losing to Grigor Dimitrov.   

Aleksandra Krunic Derails Johanna Konta in the US Open

  • Odds: Krunic (+500); Konta (-800)

Konta was quickly becoming one of the WTA's breakout stars following a strong showing in the Australian Open and becoming the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since 1978. The Brit was a force on the hardcourt and won the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open. Unfortunately, she ran into Krunic, who had already a history of pulling off US Open upsets.

Krunic had previously beaten then-World No. 4 Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys in Flushing Meadows. The 24-year-old Serb hadn't made out of the first round in the last eight Grand Slam tournaments but even after dropping the first set, rallied to shock the top-seeded British player.     

Andrey Rublev Bounces Grigor Dimitrov from the US Open

  • Odds: Rublev (+600); Dimitrov (-1000)

After breaking out in 2014 with a semifinal appearance in Wimbledon, Dimitrov struggled to put on consistent performances. But 2017 appeared to be his year as he reached the Australian Open semifinals in a gutsy effort against Rafael Nadal and reclaimed a top 10 spot following his Wimbledon run.

Heading to the US Open, Dimitrov won his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati without losing a single set. Many expected him to make a deep run. But he ran into 19-year-old Andrey Rublev in the second round. The 53rd-ranked teenager scored defeated Dimitrov in straight sets and went on to reach the quarterfinals becoming the youngest player to do it since Andy Roddick in 2003.

Zverev takes out Andy Murray in the Australian Open

  • Odds: Zverev (+1500); Murray (-5000)

The Russian-German left-hander pulled off the year's second-biggest Grand Slam upset in terms of betting odds when he bounced world number-one Andy Murray from the Australian Open. Zverev was unranked and had never made it past the third round of any Grand Slam tournament. He was in uncharted territory against a future Hall of Famer coming off one of his best years in 2016.

But Zherev wasn't phased. He stuck with his serve-and-volley style and attacked the net aggressively winning 65 of the 118 points (55 per cent) against one of the game's best all-court players. Zherev outlasted the five-time finalist in four sets marking his biggest win to date.  

Lucic-Baroni Shocks Pliskova in the Aussie Quarters

  • Odds: Lucic-Baroni (+375); Pliskova (-550)

Only the most dedicated tennis followers would remember Lucic-Baroni as the upstart teenager who set several "youngest-ever" records in the late nineties. The Croat was a promising player until personal problems derailed her. Flash forward to the present and the now-34-year-old pro is having the WTA's feel-good story of the year.

Lucic-Baroni, ranked no. 79, faced fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Pliskova was coming from a breakout year and was the US Open runner-up but none of this mattered as Lucic-Baroni overcame a set deficit and edged Pliskova to reach her first Grand Slam semis in 18 years.

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