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hingiskournikovasharapova
07-14-2006, 06:44 PM
If you were to take the top 5 all-time players from each nation and have put them in a tournament -- which country would win?
(Restricted only to Open Era players, and assuming they are playing at their peak.)

Obviously, the U.S., fielding this line-up, would win:
- Pete Sampras
- John McEnroe
- Jimmy Connors
- Andre Agassi
- Jim Courier, Arthur Ashe, or Andy Roddick for the last slot

But who would be the runner-up?
I'd probably go with Sweden. I'd like Australia and Spain in the semi-finals, but Croatia, even with only 1 grand-slam title among them, would be a dark horse.


USA
Pete Sampras 14 GS
John McEnroe 7 GS
Jimmy Connors 8 GS
Andre Agassi 8 GS
Jim Courier 4 GS / Arthur Ashe 3 GS / Andy Roddick 1 GS and counting

SWE
Björn Borg 11 GS
Mats Wilander 7 GS
Stefan Edberg 6 GS
Thomas Johansson 1 GS and counting
Thomas Enqvist 19 career titles / Magnus Gustafsson 14 career titles / Joachim Johansson 3 career titles and counting

AUS
Rod Laver 11 GS
John Newcombe 7 GS
Lleyton Hewitt 2 GS and counting
Patrick Rafter 2 GS
Pat Cash 1987 1 GS / Mark Philippoussis 10 career titles and counting

ESP
Rafael Nadal 2 GS and counting
Sergi Bruguera 2 GS
Carlos Moya 1 GS and counting
Juan Carlos Ferrero 1 GS and counting
Manuel Orantes 1 GS / Albert Costa 1 GS / Alex Corretja 17 career titles

CZE
Ivan Lendl 8 GS
Peter Korda 1 GS
Karel Novácek 13 career titles and counting
Miloslav Mecír 11 career titles and counting
TomᚠBerdych 2 career titles and counting / Radek Štepánek 1 career title and counting

GER
Boris Becker 6 GS
Michael Stich 1 GS
Tommy Haas 9 career titles and counting
Nicolas Kiefer 6 career titles and counting
Rainer Schüettler 4 career titles and counting

RUS
Marat Safin 2 GS and counting
Yvegeny Kafelnikov 2 GS
Andrei Chesnokov 7 career titles
Nikolay Davydenko 6 career titles and counting
Alexander Volkov 3 career titles / Andrei Cherkasov 2 career titles

ARG
Guillermo Vilas 4 GS
Gastón Gaudio 1 GS and counting
Guillermo Coria 9 career titles and counting
David Nalbandian 5 career titles and counting
Guillermo Cañas 6 career titles and counting / Mariano Puerta 3 career titles and counting

CRO
Goran Ivanisevic 1 GS
Ivan Ljubicic 0 career titles and counting
Mario Ancic 2 career titles and counting
Ivo Karlovic 0 career titles and counting
Goran Prpic 1 career title

FRA
Yannick Noah 1 GS
Guy Forget 11 career titles
Henri Leconte 9 career titles
Cédric Pioline 5 career titles
Sebastien Grosjean 3 career titles and counting / Richard Gasquet 2 career titles and counting

unjugon
07-14-2006, 06:48 PM
Where´s Santana for Spain?
Also drop Thomas Johansson and put in there Magnus Gustafsson taking his spot.

I like the look of Australia.

hoosierbr
07-14-2006, 07:57 PM
What's the surface going to be? If it's clay forget the US winning, even with the likes of Agassi and Connors. Argentina and even Sweden are better bets.

Something more neutral like a moderate-paced harcourt would be ideal. A lot of the players on the list, though, played most of their tennis on grass. Even Edberg and Wilander - both won the Aussie when it was still on grass. Didn't change until 1988.

This is more like the ultimate Davis Cup . Having teams travel and playing in front of hostile crowds would add a lot to the game.

ACE of Hearts
07-14-2006, 08:00 PM
Its a dead period when it comes to american tennis so u can have these little mythological matches all u want.