The top 10 biggest posters in the first round of Grand Slam tournaments

The top 10 biggest posters in the first round of Grand Slam tournaments
The top 10 biggest posters in the first round of Grand Slam tournaments

1. Alexander Zverev – Rafael Nadal, at Roland-Garros 2024

While this is perhaps the last Roland-Garros of Rafael Nadal, who is no longer protected by a top seed status, the Spaniard with fourteen Coupes des Mousquetaires finds himself facing one of the greats tournament favorites, world No. 4 Alexander Zverev.

2. Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova, at the US Open 2019

Shock of divas, from the start at Flushing Meadows in 2019. It will ultimately be their last duel, the 22nd, for a twentieth victory for Serena Williams, mercilessly with her favorite enemy (6-1, 6-1 in less than one hour).

3. Mats Wilander – Andre Agassi, at Roland-Garros 1994

Swede Mats Wilander relaunched his career the previous year. Having come very close to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, the three-time winner of the tournament (1982, 85, 88) came up against Andre Agassi who was playing too fast for him (6-2, 7-5, 6- 1).

4. Pete Sampras – Thomas Muster, at Roland-Garros 1991

One of Pete Sampras’ greatest victories on clay, against Thomas Muster, semi-finalist the previous year, who would win the title four years later (4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6 -4).

5. Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis, at Wimbledon 1995

At 14 years old (!), Martina Hingis is a future huge champion. Already 18th in the world, she narrowly missed out on top seed status at Wimbledon and received a lesson from Steffi Graf (6-3, 6-1). A year and a half later, she won the Australian Open.

6. Stan Wawrinka – Andy Murray, at Roland-Garros 2020 and 2024

They are the only two men to have won several Grand Slam titles in the Big 3 era and fate brought them together twice at the start of Paris. In 2020, Wawrinka was quick (6-1, 6-2, 6-3). And this year?

7. Jimmy Connors – Adriano Panatta, at Roland-Garros 1980

At 29, Adriano Panatta, the only man to have beaten Björn Borg at Roland-Garros, is no longer as dashing as for his Parisian title in 1976, but he comes very close to taking Jimmy Connors to fifth (6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6).

8. Novak Djokovic – Juan Carlos Ferrero, at Wimbledon 2012

The current coach of Carlos Alcaraz and former world No. 1 is playing his very last Grand Slam tournament on British turf (where he still reached the quarter-finals twice) but he is expensive against a Novak Djokovic who is already too comfortable and too strong on this surface (6-3, 6-3, 6-1).

9. Boris Becker – Vitas Gerulaitis, at Roland-Garros 1985

Shock between the young 17-year-old German, Boris Becker, who is charging headlong, on the verge of winning Wimbledon, and the 30-year-old American with the aura of a rock star, who is playing his last Roland-Garros, five years later. having reached the final. Becker will be intractable at the end of the race (6-3, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1).

10. Henri Leconte – Guy Forget, at the 1992 Australian Open

A little national touch, for this 10th place, with a severe draw, barely a month after the historic feat of Guy Forget and Henri Leconte: finally bringing the Davis Cup to France, 59 years after the Musketeers, under Pete’s nose Sampras and Andre Agassi. Victory for Forget, who leaves too much influence to see further in the tournament (2-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3).

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