Best player not to win a grand slam?

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  1. richied

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    In golf they always talk about the best player not to win a major. It's Sergio Garcia or Montgomery at the moment. What about tennis? Best player not to win a slam. Tiger woods always says you need a little luck now and again to win a slam. There must be some serious hard luck stories from the past.
     
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  2. smart_player

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    from mid 90's-present:Tim Henman, so much class:)
     
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  3. soyizgood

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    Henman didn't even make a final. Mecir won the '88 Olympics, but failed in two slam finals. Rios at least made it to a finals. Todd Martin was a better player than Henman as well.
     
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  4. oranges

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    Nalbandian and Rios come to mind
     
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    Never was a Henman fan thought he was a HUGE choker!

    Rios maybe? Nalbandian?
     
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  6. ESP#1

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    I have to say Nalbandian hands down, the match he lost against Roddick at the U.S Open change the direction of his entire career, on his best day he beats Nadal and Roger easy,
     
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    rios, nalbo, mecir, arazi, paradorn, santoro...

    so many players that never got it
     
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  8. boredone3456

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    In terms of the current crop of players on the tour I would have to say Haas, Murray and Nalbandian.
     
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    Pam Shriver
     
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    schrichapan???? come on!! you can do better than this gorecki....

    At the top of my list must be Rios by far. Nalbandian in these days could be in the list too...
     
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  11. ESP#1

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    I think Rios played in less competitive times than Nalby, i was young but if i recall he seemed to come in when alot of the top dogs where past their prime, i did really like his game though, very entertaining
     
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  12. Gorecki

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    what's with Paradorn Diegaa? i happen to believe he is very talented and an incredible shotmaker...

    you dont? may i know why?:neutral:
     
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    well, i just think the guy had a flush and then ran out of gas. Consistency through the years is a quality that top players must have. Paradorn just didn't have it. You may argue nalbandian dont have it either, but the guy has been up there for many years now.
     
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  14. vive le beau jeu !

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    paradorn was really great to watch ! :)
    too bad we don't see him anymore... :(
     
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    Currently Davydenko, Nalbandian, Tsonga and Murray, maybe even Gonzalez and Blake.
     
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    ah.. ok... i was thinking that you didnt realy see my point. :) guess you ar eright with that point... but what about rios? just the same thing no?

    i agree...
     
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  17. vive le beau jeu !

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    sometimes i watch youtube these highlights of the basel SF vs federer... that was a cool tight match ! :)
     
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    Davydenko.

    (Murray is only 21 and rising, so won't mention him)
     
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    everytime i play at saturday morning, i watch that video just ot see those sick forehands both players were shoting and i go to the court singing my mantra...

    ps:yes... i am! you know what!

    about the other deleted thread, tha stencil is not a P. it was the original head stencil. this is my stencil:

    http://ohmtao.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/ohm_tao.jpg
     
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  20. saram

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    I'll agree with all of those.
     
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    David "gordo" Nalbandian, Marcelo Rios, or Tim Henman.
     
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    Haasi never made it to the final. sadly. I'm convinced he would have AO had he beaten Marat in that five-setter in 2002 :(
    Blake has never made it past the quarters and even that is a rarity, with good reason I might add.
     
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    Cedric Pioline? JMac thinks so.
     
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    You have to include Guillermo Coria in this list, the 2004 french open was his, but he couldn't do it. Definitely had the talent to win at least one slam.
     
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    Blake? you cannot be serious? :roll: :lol:
    Blake cannot even make it to the semis of a major and we're talking slam winner.It's an insult to the likes of Nalbandian,Tsonga,Davydenko,Murray,Henman,Rios,Haas and even Gonzalez
    Blake?please!:roll:
     
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    That guy was a beast. Had all the game to win one.
     
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    pioline, rios, forget.
     
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    From what I've seen of him, I'm inclined to agree.
     
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  29. WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis

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    Dunno but I thought Pam Shriver won a Grand Slam doubles title with someone during the 80s, can't remember who though. Thought it was at the US Open.
     
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  30. tahiti

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    My choice too. Thinking about it. It would be really funny to hear Davydenko give a speech....we never hear him much.
     
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  31. devila

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    Blake's a winner of opportunities for book sales and Davis Cup adulation.
    All coming from taking Davis Cup credit from Roddick's wins. And breaking his neck on a
    net post, having facial paralysis..., self-pity for having a dead father, and not taking tennis seriously because he had spinal curvature.
     
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  32. tahiti

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    That Devila, I just find plain mean. Have a little respect for someone who succeeded against great adversity.
     
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  33. ESP#1

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    I agree, i liked his game alot, guy forget had alot of game also, not the best but deserves to be mentioned
     
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  34. edberg505

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    Well, apparently they just give out the number 4 ranking in the world to anyone.
     
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  35. edberg505

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    There are plenty of words I would use to describe Pioline, but beast is certainly not one them.
     
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    He didn't seem to expect Nadal to do damage on grass events, especially in the 2007 Wimbledon debacle. Federer was talking about a good line call for Nadal as an awful "killing" moment.

    The year before, Pat McEnroe, defended him for reaching #4, and laughing in front of Roddick about it. Mr. Nice Man Blake....not exactly Arthur Ashe/Obama.
     
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  37. oranges

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    What on earth has this got to do with Blake, LOL.

    This may have to do with him, but is irrelevant to the issue of winning or not wining slams. You just told us you strongly dislike him. Never would have guessed otherwise.
     
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  38. boredone3456

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    She made the US Open Final in 1978, losing in straight sets to Chris Evert. She lost every slam semi-final she played after losing to Navratilova 4 times, Graf 2 times, and 1 time each to Evert and Mandlikova. She only won 1 set in those 8 semi-final loses, against Mandlikova at the 1982 US Open. Shriver was talented...but the others around her were more so. Although someone with her talent today would probably win a few majors. She, along with Sukova, are probably the 2 most talented women in the open era not to win a slam singles title, but that is becase of the era they competed in.

    She did however win a multitude of Grand Slam doubles titles, 20 partnering Martina Navratilova and 1 partnering Natasha Zvereva, only dropping 8 sets in those 21 victories.
     
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    Nalbandian.

    He has reached all 4 slams SF. The others that have done this are Fed, Rafa, Nole and Safin and all of them won at least a slam.
     
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    I was stating the obvious about Blake's obsession with the other players'
    failures and so-called immorality (like Gonzalez' win over Blake in the Olympics). He got lots of support from clowns like Justin Gimelstob and Cliff Drysdale....as soon as he faced failure with bad strategy, a mindless bashing, one-dimensional game, and lucky draw (reaching #4 with no in-form opponents). He's 30 this year; nothing's improving--both attitude and intelligence.
     
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    David Nalbandian by far. He's reached all the slam semi-finals, made the Wimbledon final, beat all the current top players (sometimes easily,) won the TMC, he's pretty much done everything besides winning the big one. He should have won that 2003 US Open semi-final.
     
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  42. oranges

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    Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with his ability or lack thereof of winning a slam, which happens to be the topic. BTW, that had to be some luck with the draw to reach No4 by sheer luck alone. With such luck perhaps he should have won a slam after all and I should revise my opinion :lol:
     
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  43. P_Agony

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    Davydenko anyone?
     
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  45. edberg505

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    Yeah, and I thought Federer was lucky. James Blake has him beat by a mile!!!
     
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    Mark Phillipousis....final at wimby and US....had the potential to win either but ran into some tough oppo....and of course he was injured the time
     
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    That guy was so good. Yet so bad at times.
     
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    He may be one of the most inconsistant guys to play on the tour in recent years. He at times was so tuned in he could challenge anybody, then he had days where he was wildly erratic and couldn't seem to land the ball near the lines at all. On his good days he was phenominal, but more often than not he was at best mediocre, especially at the slams. I really thought he had a good chance at the 1998 US Open, but he was just subpar for the majority of the match, a real dissapointing performance even though it was his first slam final. He was definitely a talented player...but best to win a major..I don't know about that.
     
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    Cedric Pioline. Had every shot just not the luck - played Sampras in both Grand Slam finals.
     
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    tsonga definitley tsonga but tsonga just temporarily
     
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