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Mike Sams
12-27-2011, 04:32 PM
Was thinking Laver's a bit short and those high topspin balls would bounce really high to his backhand side. On the flip side, Laver would have access to new technology too.
Is Laver good enough?

DjokovicForTheWin
12-27-2011, 04:58 PM
Laver would get blown off the court

_maxi
12-27-2011, 04:59 PM
Lol Mike! Laver is left handed also... So Nadal would lose the advantage of hitting cc forehand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMfBpkUJeKE

That is the most similar thing I can imagine to a Nadal-Laver match on clay on that time.

gsharma
12-27-2011, 05:06 PM
Why don't you go ask Laver?








And spares us from making asinine threads.

Toxicmilk
12-27-2011, 05:19 PM
I know that this is a discussion forum...but I feel like the same questions get asked over and over...and it doesn't produce any discussions. And if I've learned anything from being around for the past few years it's that all threads turn into:
1. Federer vs Nadal vs Djokovic (somehow)
2. Nadal is injured
3. Whether cincinnati is 5th slam or not.
4. _____ should retire >.>

tennnnis
12-27-2011, 05:54 PM
nope......

GOAT BAAH!!!
12-27-2011, 05:57 PM
Laver could only beat Nadal on clay if Rafa was in his transitional pre peak or post prime era.

sportsfan1
12-27-2011, 05:59 PM
I know that this is a discussion forum...but I feel like the same questions get asked over and over...and it doesn't produce any discussions. And if I've learned anything from being around for the past few years it's that all threads turn into:
1. Federer vs Nadal vs Djokovic (somehow)
2. Nadal is injured
3. Whether cincinnati is 5th slam or not.
4. _____ should retire >.>

You hit the nail on the head, the topics can get mind numbingly mundane, and most threads must end the way you noted. Maybe there should be a way to just auto generate n threads comparing how mxn players who are active, retired, surface specialists, journeymen, retired, etc would fare against each other.

MichaelNadal
12-27-2011, 06:32 PM
Laver could only beat Nadal on clay if Rafa was in his transitional pre peak or post prime era.

Lol u are taking this transitional thing and running with it, I love it.

SoBad
12-27-2011, 08:12 PM
It would all depend on the conditions and clay. If it's cloudy slow and heavy, then Laver can't do anything about the Nadal moonball - game over 6-0 6-0 Nadal. If it's a little bit dry and sunny then Laver hits the slice and volley and Nadal is done - 6-0 6-0 to Laver. Kafelnikov was much more versatile - he would beat them both in any clay weather if they played Canadian doubles.

ttbrowne
12-27-2011, 08:16 PM
Laver would get blown off the court

Times a hundred!

Semi-Pro
12-27-2011, 08:32 PM
Laver would get thrashed 60 60 60

Sentinel
12-27-2011, 09:45 PM
Nope. Laver would get bageled.

He would beat Roger easily though.

tusharlovesrafa
12-27-2011, 09:56 PM
Laver is a transitional GOAT between Dawson Miller and Sunny Leone.

MariaRafael
12-27-2011, 10:07 PM
Neither Laver, nor Borotra, nor Max Decugis (8 RG titles in 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914, the winning streak stopped by World War 1 when RG wasn't played between 1915-1919) can beat any top 10 current player because the physical aspect of today's tennis is absolutely different to say nothing of the equipment.

celoft
12-28-2011, 05:27 AM
Neither Laver, nor Borotra, nor Max Decugis (8 RG titles in 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914, the winning streak stopped by World War 1 when RG wasn't played between 1915-1919) can beat any top 10 current player because the physical aspect of today's tennis is absolutely different to say nothing of the equipment.

I concur...........

joeri888
12-28-2011, 05:31 AM
Of course he could. Federer, Soderling, Djokovic and Ferrero could, so why couldn't the great Rod Laver?