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Bagels and Breadsticks – The Biggest Wins in Tennis History

Mmm. Bagels. Who could say no to a nice fresh, chewy, carby treat?

Well, tennis players for a start. And not just due to their well-publicised gluten intolerance.

As seasoned fans know, bagels and breadsticks are a tennis pro’s bête noir. Lose a set to love? Congratulations, you just got served a bagel, the zero in your 6-0 resembling the shape of the baked treat.

Smashed your opponent 6-1, 6-1? Don’t feel bad. You simply offered them a double breadstick.

Clearly these extreme tennis workouts are leaving players hungry. They’re seeing baked goods everywhere.

The heaviest defeats in tennis history

If you have been served up the odd bagel of late, fear not. You’re in good company. Many a pro has faced that same humiliation over the years.

In the 1988 French Open final, Steffi Graf beat Natasha Zvereva with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory. Not only did Graf serve up the embarrassing double bagel in just 34 minutes, she also helped secure herself the Golden Slam in the process.

Steffi Graf

Chin up though, Natasha. Doubles supremo Mark Woodforde holds the distinctly unwanted record of having been double bagelled three times in his career, losing 6-0, 6-0 to Sergi Brugeura at Barcelona in 1991, to Andre Agassi at Vienna in 1994 and to Brett Steven at Newport in 1997.

Bruguera went one better two years later as he smashed Thierry Champion 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round of the French Open that year.

Triple bagels like that are extremely rare but they do happen. In the 2011 Davis Cup match between Andy Murray and Laurent Bram, Murray put Bram away 6-0 6-0 6-0 in just 52 minutes.

It was a cathartic moment for Murray who only four years earlier had come within a whisker of doing the same to Alberto Martin at the 2007 Australian Open.

Murray led 6-0, 6-0, 5-0 before dropping just one solitary game, something which he proceeded to berate himself for on court. I guess some people are just never happy.

Bagel with a schmear…of hope

If you do suffer a double bagel not all hope is lost. At Roland Garros in 1969, Stanley Matthews beat Ilie Nastase despite getting served two bagels IN A ROW. He went on to win 6-3, 0-6, 0-6, 6-4, 8-6.

And in 1981 Martina Navratilova lost 6-0, 6-0 to Chris Evert in in the final of a clay court tournament in Amelia Island, Florida. While there was no coming back that day, Navratilova went on to win 18 Grand Slams becoming one of the greatest players in history. Who knows, maybe the pounding she took helped focus the mind.

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Martina Navratilova

Of course if you’re looking to avoid bakery based embarrassment it helps to have the right equipment. Take a look at our best rackets for beginners and advanced players to help avoid any unwanted records of your own!

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