Hypothetical GOAT year

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  1. nfor304

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    So if I had a time machine.....
    And I decided to go back in time and take the greatest players of the past 100 years right in the middle of each of their primes and made them play a whole calender year, how would they all go in each of the grand slams?

    They would also have to use a "neutral" racket, like an aluminium frame, and would have 6 months to practice before the season began.

    They would also be playing on the current surfaces at the current speeds etc and would play only each other in these tournaments, none of the current top 10 included except Nadal and Federer.

    Who would win each slam?

    I'll go first and say:

    Australian: Agassi or Federer
    French Open: Nadal or Borg
    Wimbledon: Sampras
    USOpen: Federer, Sampras, Lendl or maybe Gonzalez or Laver.
     
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  2. paterson

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    It's impossible to determine if wood era player could make the conversion to a non-wood racquet and have the same success and same goes for the modern racqeut player to wood.

    The wood racquets were heavier and the sweet spots smaller. A player really had to hit thru the ball and had to work the point and move the ball around.

    The stroke technique was 100% different.During the wood era, the majority of players hit with a closed stance. Turn sideways to the net, step forward to the ball and hit.

    The modern game is all about power. The "big" forehand replaced the volley.

    So I'd break it down by racquet.

    Wood era

    Australian(Grass): Laver or McEnroe

    Roland Garros: 1. Borg 2.Rosewall

    Wimbledon; 1. McEnroe 2. Laver 3. gonzalez 4. Borg 5. Newcombe

    US Open Hard: 1. McEnroe 2. Laver 3. gonzalez 4. Connors

    US Open Grass 1. McEnroe 2. Laver 3. Gonzalez 4. Newcombe 5. Borg 6. Connors

    Bottom line: McEnroe and Laver were the best during the wood era.

    Modern Racquets

    Australian Rebound Ace: 1. Federer 2, Lendl 3. Agassi 4 Sampras

    French Open: 1.Nadal 2. Federer 3. Lendl 4. Kuerten

    Wimbledon: 1. Sampras 2. Federer

    USOpen: 1. Federer 2. Sampras 3. Lendl 4. Agassi
     
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  3. GuillermoR

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    There should be a 'vote ban' feature on these forums. Someone who considers Gonzalez as a contestant among Federer, Sampras, Lendl and Laver deserves to burn in hell for utter stupidity.
     
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  4. 380pistol

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    It never ceases to amaze me around here.
     
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  5. jimbo333

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    Are you aware of who Pancho Gonzalez (Gonzales) actually is?

    Or are you maybe a tiny bit stupid:)
     
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  6. T1000

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    you would be one of the first
     
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  7. pc1

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    Just look at Gonzalez's record and you'll realize how fantastic it was. The guy was a 6'3 1/2" great athlete who may have had the greatest serve ever, a terrific volley and was the best player in the world for years. The man defeated Tony Trabert, a great player on a tour by 74 to 27. Some players would love to have that record for the year against average players.

    Gonzalez won a ton of Pro Tours and won a lot of Pro Majors. I think he won 14 regular and Pro Majors. I think he won about 80 some odd tournaments also despite the fact he didn't really play in that many tournaments because he was touring against top players. Gonzalez would be great and dominant at his best in any era of tennis.
     
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  8. VGP

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    ....or don't look carefully. It's obvious.

    It's spelled Gonzales BTW. That may be the confusion.

    Again, Lew Hoad gets dissed.
     
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  9. pc1

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    The Gonzalez family wants it with a "z" not an "s" nowadays.

    Interesting article on Pancho written several years ago with the help of the Gonzalez family. Some factual errors but very nice.

    http://www.neta.com/~1stbooks/PG_.htm

    Here's another interesting article on Pancho from Sports Illustrated.

    http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1026099/index.htm
     
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  10. Borgforever

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    Agree completely. Gonzalez could seriously be THE GOAT. If Gonzalez played today he would've earned a truck-load of prize money (insert any number you choose between 40 and 100 followed by at least six zeros in American Dollars) so he would've had a better situation around him and everyone would've known who he was...
     
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    LOL. Amusing to say the least. You are probably 12 years old and have never even heard of Pancho Gonzales. Go read Wikipedia like a good boy, which will at least give you a bit of an idea about who he was.
     
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    Good to know.....
     
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  13. gpt

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    WTF
    Pancho beat Laver at least twice in 1971
    Please expalin yourself Guillermo
     
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  14. nfor304

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  15. 380pistol

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    From my knowledge the original spelling is Gonzalez. But somewhere along the line he became known as Gonzales, that's what he was known as as a tennis player.

    Anyway there shouldn't be any confusion. Pancho is one of (if not) the greatest ever, and why the hell would Fernando be anywhere near anything that has to do with the GOAT?? That's beyond me.
     
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  16. anointedone

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    Modern racquet era (this is right in the middle of everyones prime):

    Australian Open: 1. Federer, 2. Courier, 3. Lendl, 4. Agassi, 5. Sampras or Nadal

    French Open: 1. Borg, 2. Nadal, 3. Lendl, 4. Wilander, 5. Courier or Muster

    Wimbledon: 1. Sampras, 2. Federer, 3. Becker, 4. McEnroe, 5. Edberg or Nadal

    U.S Open: 1. Federer, 2. Sampras, 3. McEnroe, 4. Connors, 5. Lendl

    It is difficult to say since there are different matchups, playing conditions change back and forth at various slams some over time, etc...
     
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  17. hoodjem

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    Is this a case of the kettle calling the pot black, or a case of misspelling?

    Pancho has eight years as world no. 1--tied with Laver for most in the history of the game.
     
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  18. 380pistol

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    Back to the matter at hand.....

    If were going open/era and modern racquets....

    Australian Open -Agassi, Federer, Sampras/Courier/Lendl
    French Open - Borg, Nadal, Kuerten, Lendl, Wilander/Vilas/Muster
    Wimbledon - Sampras, Borg/Federer, McEnroe/Becker
    US Open - Sampras/Federer, Connors/McEnroe/Lendl

    Pre Open era (wood)....

    Australian Open -Laver, Rosewall/Gonzales, Hoad
    French Open - Rosewall, Cochet
    Wimbledon - Gonzales, Laver, Budge/Hoad, Tilden/Perry
    US Open - Tilden/Gonzales/Laver/Budge, Rosewall (maybe Hoad)

    Kramer I don't know how to rate cuz many have said the things said about him were self promotion, or friends, colleagues and/or press trying to boost him. I don't know how much of that is true.
     
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  19. Cesc Fabregas

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    Agreed good list.
     
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  20. Carlo Giovanni Colussi

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    Hi,
    apparently he was born Gonzales and in his autobiography "Man with a racket" written with the help of Cy Rice, he signed his own book Gonzales.

    Then probably circa the 60's he preferred to be spelt Gonzalez. If I have well understood it's more aristocratic with a z.

    Note : I haven't yet read articles about his name mentioned by pc1 above.
     
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  21. pc1

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    There were no articles discussing the spelling. I have some contacts with the family.
     
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  22. charliefedererer

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    Thanks so much for the SI link. The story is 10 pages long and offers a fascinating look into the Lone Wolf's life of rage, and a glimpse into the barnstorming nightmare that preceeded open tennis, when the greatest player in the world earned a $15,000 contract for 7 straight years. I also didn't realize Gonzalez had married Andre Agassi's sister and that his father had disowned the both of them for it. What a tortured soul.
    I wish there was more footage available of Gonzolez/Kramer/Hoad/Tilden et al.
     
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  23. jean pierre

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    Australian Open (grass) : Vilas
    French : Borg
    Wimbledon : McEnroe
    US Open : Connors

    The 4 biggest stars in the history of this sport !
     
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  24. 380pistol

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    Good bets... if it was the late '70's-early '80's.
     
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