Magnus Norman

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  1. Young Gun

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    Is he still around or did he retire also, enqvuist or is he retired also....
     
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  2. hoosierbr

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    Norman retired a couple of years ago, Enqvist this spring.
     
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  3. flymeng

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    Norman was a dangerous player and an under achiever. He had the game to cause big upsets but he was never consistent enough to win it all.
     
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  4. Young Gun

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    what about hicham arazi??? retired?
     
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  5. Marat Safinator

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    arazi retired long ago. and norman and enqvist i liked alot. shame they retired :(
     
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    I don't think Norman underachieved, he was beset by injuries when his career started to take off. I think right after he made it to the French Open final he injured his hip and was never the same. He was a very dangerous player when fit. If I remember; he was one of the fittest players on tour at one point.

    So I don't think he underachieved, if anything he over-achieved given his talent and weapons.
     
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  7. croatian sensation

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    No. It was Martina Hingis. :mrgreen:
     
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  8. Marat Safinator

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    he over achieved if anything? come on, the guy shouldve won alot more than he did.
     
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    Magnus Larsson

    I got confused. I thought Magnus Norman was Magnus Larsson. Larsson has retired too. He was a dangerous player. His serve was quite big. His forehand was bigger. When he was playing well, he beated the top players.
     
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    Good one. Yeah, she started going out with him and his legs went to crap (if you know what I mean), then he injures his hip because of his tired legs and Martina leaves him. Damn her.
     
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    Why? What were his weapons?
     
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  12. Marat Safinator

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    he was a consistent player with a pretty big forehand, he could hit alot of winners off it. He was a good hardcourt player.
     
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    There are a lot of consistent players on the tour. I don't remember his forehand being that big. I remember him having to work very hard to win points because he didn't have big weapons. That's why he worked hard on his fitness.
     
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  14. croatian sensation

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    He's better off without her. He might join peter's veteran league now ;) and he's still 100 times better looking than her.
     
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  15. FiveO

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    Sadly Norman, a former number 2, had his career severely effected and shortened by injury:

    Taken from the ATP site:

    1997-Finished as No. 2 Swede (behind No. 4 Bjorkman...SF in three other stops and QF in four events, including Roland Garros where he defeated No. 1 Sampras in 3rd RD...Survived 46 aces in 2nd RD match at Wimbledon vs. No. 3 Ivanisevic and won 14-12 in fifth set...Posted 3-4 record vs. Top 10 foes...Had 20-7 record on clay and 11-7 on carpet......Underwent five-hour surgery on Dec. 1 to correct irregular heart rate...1999-Won an ATP-best five titles (along w/Agassi & Sampras) and finished as No. 2 Swede (behind Enqvist)...Won first of three clay court titles in Orlando (d. Canas) without dropping a set...Compiled a 32-8 mark from July to rest of season...In August, captured his first career hard court title in Long Island (d. Kafelnikov in QF, Corretja in F)...Followed with 4th RD at US Open, retiring with back injury to Kuerten...Compiled 20-8 record on clay and 22-10 on hard...2000- Finished in Top 10 and as his country's No. 1 player for first time......Won five ATP titles for second consecutive season and his 10 titles during 1999-2000 was an ATP best...Won a career-high 67 matches, second only to ATP leader Safin's 73...He and Hewitt were only players to appear in Top 10 ATP Champions Race every week during year...Began first month with a 13-2 mark, reaching SF in Adelaide (l. to Enqvist), winning title in Auckland (d. Chang) and advancing to his first Grand Slam SF at Australian Open (d. Hewitt, Kiefer, l. to Kafelnikov)...On clay, advanced to SF in Barcelona and won first Tennis Masters Series title in Rome, losing only one set in six matches (d. Hewitt in SF, Kuerten in F)...After winning, became leader of ATP Champions Race...Held top spot for seven weeks during year...Followed with QF at TMS Hamburg (l. to Kuerten)...Continued strong play by reaching his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros...Only lost one set in six matches, posting wins over '99 finalist Medvedev in 4th RD, Safin in QF and Squillari in SF before losing to Kuerten on his 11th match point...Returned to clay in July in Bastad and won title without dropping a set (d. Vinciguerra)...In August, repeated title in Long Island (d. Krajicek in SF, Enqvist in F)...Reached 4th RD at US Open for second straight year...Qualified for his first Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon by reaching 3rd RD at TMS Stuttgart and advanced to SF in Stockholm...Finished No. 7 in aces with a career-high 560...One of four players (Corretja, Kuerten, Safin) to register 25 match wins on clay (27-7) and hard (39-16) courts...2001 - Struggled with left hip injury for most of season.....<other sources state the injury first manifested itself in December of 2000>...Withdrew from Wimbledon due to hip injury, ending streak of 18 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played...Returned from five-week break to reach SF in Bastad (l. to Ulihrach)Played his last match of season on Aug. 7 at TMS Cincinnati (l. to Hewitt in 1st RD)...Underwent hip surgery on Aug. 21 in Nashville, Tennessee to repair a tear of anterior and a portion of lateral labrum...2002-Made a successful return to action after six months out following hip surgery on Aug. 21, 2001...Made comeback in Vina del Mar on Feb. 12 with 1st RD loss to Massu...Described 61 76 loss as "probably the happiest defeat of my life"...Won first match at third tournament back when Hernandez retired in third set in 1st RD in Acapulco but lost against Zabaleta in 2nd RD...Suffered five 1st RD defeats in next eight events until arriving in Tokyo, where he qualified for main draw and reached first ATP final (l. to Carlsen) since 2001 Scottsdale...Underwent further surgery on Oct. 30 in Sweden to repair damage to outer and inner meniscus.


    In a very short period of time, Norman, Kuerten and Agassi all suffered hip injuries. It was alarming and although I can't find the article I remember reading somewhere where some experts theorized that "modern technique" pre-disposed players to these kinds of injuries.
     
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