Top Ten Greatest Ever Tennis Comebacks in History


Sports is fun for the viewers or fans, while it is lesson for the players, because every game tend to serve as an avenue to learn in one way or the other.

And some instances on the court has shown these players have learnt from past mistakes, as we take a close look at the top ten ever greatest comebacks in Men’s Tennis.

We would start from bottom to top, as we carefully pinpoint how relentless these players had to dig deep in an unusual never say die attitude.


10) In 2012, Roger Federer had to dig deep from a losing position to defeat Del Potro in the French Open quarterfinals by 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.

Additionally, Del Potro struggled with a bad knee that season, giving the Swiss a bit of an edge.

9) Andy Murray defeats Fernando Verdasco in 2013, during the Wimbledon quarterfinals by 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

One of the only problems with this match is that it took place in the quarterfinals.

However, what pushed it up to this rank is the circumstances of the match.

8) Stefan Edberg defeats Miloslav Mecir during the 1988 Wimbledon semifinals by 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Perhaps, the one drawback of this match is the slight mental edge that Edberg had going in. Prior to this meeting, he had defeated Mecir in Davis Cup play. That had gone five sets as well.

7) Aaron Krickstein defeats Stefan Edberg in the 1995 Australian Open fourth round by 6-7 (6-8), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Even though this match took place in the fourth round, there are many positives that more than make up for that.

Krickstein was unseeded, while Edberg was No. 6. Also, the Michigan-born player hadn’t made a Grand Slam quarterfinal for five years.

6) Richard Gasquet defeats Andy Roddick wins after a tough tie in the 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinals by 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 8-6.

Gasquet was known for losing five-set matches.

This was a great victory for the Frenchman and wonderful theater for the fans.

4) Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal in a keenly contested encounter in 2005, at the Miami Masters Finals, as the Swede won bh 2-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1.

Sadly, this comeback occurred outside of a Grand Slam.

3) Pete Sampras defeats Jim Courier in the 1995 Australian Open quarterfinals, by 6-7 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

2) Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev in 1999, during theFrench Open final,as he eventually won on the night by 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in a close game.

And the Number One Greatest Ever Comeback in Men’s Tennis History is Ivan Lendl’s unbelievable victory against John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open finals, by 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.

Why is it ranked No. 1?

During the first two sets, his serve was dominating the match. He was clearly and easily on his way to being the first American champion in Paris since 1955.

Then, Lendl broke him, and the match turned around.

Two facts make this comeback the greatest: First, McEnroe would end the year an astounding 82-3.  Second, he had arrived on the court that day in the midst of a 39-match winning streak.

Unluckily for him, the streak ended at 39 matches and two sets.