When it comes to a final that has been contested between say a top 3 ranked player and someone who has never made a final or very few finals they usually end up losing due to the fact they are playing someone who is considered a top player and just that final hurdle is too much for them.
Racking my brains for examples, I guess you would have to say Murphy in the WC 2005 final but then again at that point Stevens wouldn't have been one of the top top players?
I'm not sure if the Higgins/Chaperon would have been the equivalent today of roughly a top 5 player vs a player outside of the top 64?
One part of the criteria that I forgot to add is that the victory final has to be the players only ranking event win of their whole career, surely that pre requisite would make chaperone the clear winner? I won't add anymore things onto the criteria I promise!
It's actually difficult to think of an equivalent happening before or since that 1987 final?
I'm sure there are examples of it happening, I just think it's rare that someone from outside the top 32/64 ranked players comes up against a top 3 ranked player in a ranking final and wins in recent years anyway, yes you get players who are ranked outside of the top 16 but those players are there or there abouts during the season, perhaps reaching quarter finals at least every now and then.
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