Coming into the 2016 Wimbledon, it was hardly a surprise when World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was picked to hoist the trophy at the end of the Grand Slam tournament. Of course, as we’ve learned on more than one occasion, expectations don’t necessarily equate to results.
In one of the biggest shockers in the history of the All England Club, American Sam Querrey upset the Djoker in the third round 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Despite a result no one saw coming, the best player on the planet was quite humble in defeat. Said Djokovic:
“Congratulation to Sam. He played a terrific match.He serves very well, as he usually does. I think that part of his game was brutal today. He made a lot of free points with the first serve. Just well done. He just overpowered me.
“I believe in positive things in life, and I managed to win four Grand Slams in a row — two different seasons, though. I want to try to focus on that rather than failure.”
While Novak chose to focus on the positives as opposed to the failure, we don’t have the same luxury. We can’t help but think about all the other monumental upsets at the All England Club. With that in mind, here’s a look at the 10 biggest upsets in Wimbledon history.
10. Pete Sampras loses to George Bastl, second round, 2002
There’s a reason they call Court No. 2 at the All England Club the “graveyard of champions.” And in the second round of the 2002 Wimbledon, Pete Sampras learned this the hard way. Despite rallying from a two-set deficit, Sampras would ultimately fall 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4 to Switzerland’s George Bastl. Considering Bastl was ranked No. 145 in the world at the time, something tells us Sampras didn’t see this upset coming.