Chang vs. Ferrer

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Top Chang vs. Top Ferrer

  1. Chang the winner

    12 vote(s)
    63.2%
  2. Ferrer the winner

    5 vote(s)
    26.3%
  3. Would still be 1-1 in the first set

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  1. NLBwell

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    Watching some old vids of Chang and watching Ferrer at the Australian Open, I was struck by the similarity of their games. Speed, tenaciousness, pretty powerful groundies, effective but not big serves, and of course they are about the same size.

    My evaluation (and all of these are close):
    Serve - Ferrer. Though Chang upped his serve velocity a lot near the end of his career, his percentage dropped.
    Speed - Chang. Both are fast, but I give the edge to Chang
    Groundies - Even. Maybe a bit more power for Ferrer, more variety with Chang.
    Volleys - Doesn't really matter, but I give the edge to Chang, didn't hit many but moved well around the net.
    Serve Return - Similar to groundstrokes, Even.

    Pretty even to me. Chang got to #2 in the world, Ferrer to #5.
    I think I give the edge to Chang for winning the French Open - maybe just more belief in himself - but very close. What do you guys think?
     
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  2. Mustard

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    Of course Chang. Chang won the 1989 French Open, as you say, and got to 3 other major finals. Chang has also won 7 masters series titles, and 34 career titles overall. He also spent much of 1996 and 1997 as world number 2.
     
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  3. willshot

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    chang accomplished more however ferrer is the better player imo. Have Chang play the guys today and he wont make it far.
     
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  4. Limpinhitter

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    Why wouldn't he?
     
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  5. pc1

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    I think we're almost to the point where people will write Sampras wouldn't make it past the first round of any tournament. Eventually they will write that about Federer (or something close) and Djokovic and Nadal etc. :(

    It always seems to happen.
     
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  6. NJ1

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    Chang
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  7. Aero

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    How true in most sports/life! The old has gone & the new has come!

    We live in a society that forgets/mocks/doesn't really care about the "old" etc. Yet we're happy to celebrate the fact we're getting older (birthdays, new year etc). Well, u might be.

    Go figure :confused::confused:

    Sorry, a bit random/irrelevant :oops:
     
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  8. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Well, I think Ferrer based on his volleys, actually. I was front row for his match against sweeting and you would be surprised how many times he came to the net and how well he volleyed when he did...

    Both excellent players and a force to be reckoned with in any era..
     
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  9. kiki

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    2 midgets...
     
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  10. Limpinhitter

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    I think Chang was stronger and faster, a slightly bigger hitter and server. Ferrer is, perhaps, a bit steadier. On clay they would be about even. But, on other surfaces Chang would have a winning record over Ferrer.
     
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  11. kiki

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    You can compare Ferrer to Dibbs or Solomon, decent journeymen who played their butts off and were respected ( but not feared ) by the big fishes...but you cannot compare Ferrer to a guy who beat Lendl and Edberg, both at their peaks, in a gran Slam tournament...that he won.They are not in the same league BY MILES.
     
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