current top 5 (2009) v Top 5 (2004/05)

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by roddickfan1000, Sep 15, 2009.

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which top 5 was stronger

  1. 2005 with the likes of fed/nad/rod/safin/lleyton

    30.0%
  2. 2009 with fed/nad/muz/djok/JMDP

    40.0%
  3. Too hard to call.

    30.0%
  1. roddickfan1000

    roddickfan1000 Banned

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    I've seen a few posters in a different thread saying that a few people were lucky that they weren't playing in the era where the slam champions of a few years ago were playing there best tennis. So i have decided to make a thread on which top 5 was better - the current one or the top 5 in 2005 or so. I'm talking about the level of play from each individual.

    2005 - ish

    Federer
    Nadal
    Roddick (switched places a few times with hewitt and safin)
    Hewitt
    Safin

    2009

    Federer
    Nadal
    Murray
    Djokovic
    JMDP

    I actually think that the likes of federer/roddick/hewitt/safin were better when they won slams and were #1, but that's just my opinion. Obviously nadal has always improved. I feel that if hewitt and roddick, and even safin stuck to there weapons (or didn't get injured, in hewitt's game) they would have won more slams and possibly have won a slam each this year.

    Nadal impoved and so did federer (marginally).

    I think that the top 5 of a few years ago was stronger then than now. Yes, federer won the majority of slams, but i think his level has dipped this year and last year.

    So which top 5 is stronger. Please, noone say 2009 due to the fact that murray hasn't won a slam, he is still a good player :)
     
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  2. Henry Kaspar

    Henry Kaspar Rookie

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    You've post-prime Hewitt, volatile Safin, and stagnating Roddick in this poll. All these are great champions, but by 2005 their time in the sun was up -- they wouldn't win any more big titles. Thus I go for today's line-up -- there's far more promise in there. Whether it will materialize oinly tiome can tell, of course.
     
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  3. roddickfan1000

    roddickfan1000 Banned

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    they would be top 5 players in there 2005 form.
     
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  4. lawrence

    lawrence Hall of Fame

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    A more interesting argument would be to ask:

    2005 Top5 in their primes

    Federer
    Nadal
    Roddick
    Hewitt
    Safin

    vs

    2009 Top5 in their primes

    Federer
    Nadal
    Murray
    Djokovic
    JMDP

    Of course Federer and Nadal cancel each other out though, so it would really boil down to

    Prime Roddick Hewitt Safin vs Prime Djokovic Murray Delpo

    I know Murray Djoko and Delpo may have not hit their primes yet, but lets just use their best matches for skill-rating sake.
     
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  5. roddickfan1000

    roddickfan1000 Banned

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    ^^^i'm prepared to go along with that. WOuld still pick safin/roddick and hewitt though
     
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  6. tvp900

    tvp900 Rookie

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    2009 was stronger, but 2005 had more variety. You have the all round player, the quick baseline grinder, the big server, the big returning counter-puncher, and the big backhand.
     
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  7. roddickfan1000

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    I respectfully disagree, i think if roddick and hewitt or even safin played like this in the last few seasons they would have more slam titles.
     
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