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10 instances when a player survived a bagel in a Grand Slam final

Neelabhra Roy
Modified 05 Feb 2017, 11:24 IST
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#4. Bob Falkenburg vs John Bromwich, 1948 Wimbledon final

Falkenburg won his only Grand Slam title after surviving a bagel in the final

After not being held for the most of the 1940s due to the second World War, the Wimbledon resumed in 1946 and some of the early post-World War Wimbledon finals were very exciting ones. One of them was the 1948 Wimbledon final where America’s Bob Falkenburg took on two-time Australian Open champion John Bromwich.

While Bromwich was yet to drop a set in the tournament, Falkenburg did not have a similar path to the final as he had to get through a couple of tough matches in the third round and the quarter-finals where he was pushed to five and four sets respectively.

Falkenburg, who was in his first ever Grand Slam final began well by taking the match 7-5 before Bromwich bageled him in the second set. Falkenburg restored the lead in the match by taking the third set 6-2 but Bromwich rebounded once again by taking the fourth set 6-3 to level the match.

In the end, Falkenburg won his first and only Grand Slam title by winning the final set 7-5.

Published 05 Feb 2017, 10:22 IST
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