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WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP 20032: Wimbledon's greatest giant-killings gets a new candidate; Lleyton Hewitt's shock reverse adds to the catalogue of great Wimbledon surprises.

ROGER TAYLOR v ROD LAVER When Rod Laver faced Britain's Roger Taylor in the fourth round in 1970 he had won 31 consecutive matches and was favourite to complete a Wimbledon hat-trick. National hero Taylor, advised by the press that he may as well stay at home, overwhelmed the champion 4-6 6-4 6-2 6-1 on a rising tide of patriotic fervour.

CHARLIE PASARELL v MANUEL SANTANA In 1969 Pasarell took five hours and 12 minutes to lose against the legendary Pancho Gonzales --the longest match in Wimbledon history. But two years earlier, he opened the championships as the ritual sacrifice against title-holder and No 1 seed Manuel Santana of Spain. Pasarell beat him 10-8 6-3 2-6 8-6.

PETER DOOHAN v BORIS BECKER 'Boom Boom Boris' became Wimbledon's youngest champion at the age of 17 in 1985.

He won the title again in 1986 but in 1987 unremarkable Australian Peter Doohan played the match of his life to win 7-6 4-6 6-2 6-4. Becker shrugged his shoulders. 'I lost a tennis match. Nobody died,' he said.

RICHARD KRAJICEK v PETE SAMPRAS Richard Krajicek, the big-serving, 6ft 5ins Dutchman, suffered a first-round knockout at Wimbledon in both 1994 and 1995 but he gave triple-champion Pete Sampras a quarter-finalUnknown Briton Nick Brown, who stunned Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic in 1991pounding in winning 7-5 7-6 6-4 on his way to the title.

NICK BROWN v GORAN IVANISEVIC No 10 seed Croatian Goran Ivanisevic came up against unheralded Briton Nick Brown inthe second round of the 1991 tournament. Brown, a 29-year-old who the lowest-ranked player in the tournament at number 591, should not have had a prayer but he won 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3 in an upset that was hailed by the ATP's own computer as the biggest shock since world rankings started 18 years earlier.PETE SAMPRAS v ROGER FEDERER In 2001, seven-times champion 'Pistol' Pete Sampras finally misfired when he came up against Roger Federer in the fourth round. The Swiss prodigy --in his first match on Centre Court --matched the mighty American stroke for stroke before holding his nerve and slumping to his knees after an amazing 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 success.

GEORGE BASTL v PETE SAMPRAS Sampras returned to his favourite hunting ground in 2002 without a tournament win in two years and carrying an injury. Hovever he was expected to dispatch 145-ranked lucky loser Bastl easily. Even after conceding the first two sets on court No 2, Sampras still looked the favourite as he battled back to level the match against an opponent who appeared to be wavering. But Sampras' luck was to run out in the final set as he wearily went down 6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4.

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The vanquished reigning mens' champion and No 1 seed, Spain's Manuel Santana (right) congratulates Charlie Pasarell in 1967
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