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Who are the biggest underdogs to win Wimbledon?

As we gear up for Wimbledon 2024, the pressure is on Carlos Alcaraz to retain his title after beating Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.

The Spaniard, who won his second Grand Slam in the form of the French Open last month, is in search of a hat-trick of Majors as he heads back to Centre Court, with the 21-year-old one of the favourites in the Wimbledon betting alongside Alexander Zverev and Australian Open winner Jannik Sinner.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed at Wimbledon. Djokovic's knee injury opens the floor up, and while the Serbian has travelled to London, we’re yet to see if he can perform to his usual standards. The 37-year-old has won a succession of titles and has been victorious at Wimbledon on the last four consecutive occasions.

Could a lower seeded player that is capable of causing an upset on their day snatch glory at the All England Club?

It has happened before at Wimbledon and with the likes of Lorenzo Musetti and Taylor Fritz tipped as dark horses, another Cinderella story may be on the cards.

Here are some of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history – the winners that defied all the odds to complete an underdog story that put their name in the history books forever.


Pat Cash – 1987

When Boris Becker became the youngest Wimbledon winner in history in 1985, many people were shocked by the teenager’s power and ability to finish games so ruthlessly.

The German retained his title the following year, but in 1987, when the two-time defending champion lost in the second round to Peter Doohan, Pat Cash made the most of the opportunity.

Indeed, the Australian arrived as 11th seed in London but after beating Henri Leconte and Stefan Edberg in the elimination rounds, he met the previous year’s finalist Ivan Lendl on Centre Court, a player that was going for a career Grand Slam.

Cash shocked the tennis betting odds and beat the Czech in straight sets, with his celebratory climb into the stands to embrace his family becoming a part of Wimbledon lore.


Richard Krajicek – 1996

Richard Krajicek's 1996 Wimbledon victory was a major surprise. The Dutchman was seeded 17th and faced the daunting task of playing against Pete Sampras, the three-time defending champion, in the quarter-finals.

Krajicek stunned Sampras with a straight-sets victory, ending his 25-match winning streak at Wimbledon.

The American continued his impressive run to the final, where he defeated compatriot MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to claim his first and only Grand Slam title. His triumph remains one of the most unexpected in Wimbledon history.


Goran Ivanisevic – 2001

In Wimbledon's long history, there is perhaps no better underdog story than Goran Ivanisevic's triumph in 2001.

Entering as a wild card, ranked 125th in the world, not much was expected of the outsider until he beat Marat Safin and Tim Henman in the knockout rounds.

Those victories set up a final with Pat Rafter. After a gruelling five sets, a game many tennis enthusiasts consider to be a real thriller, Ivanisevic triumphed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7, becoming the first wild card to win a Grand Slam in the sport's history and the first since Becker to win the competition unseeded.


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