Rafter vs scud 98

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  1. obsessedtennisfandisorder

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    Good vid here of rafter vs scud from 98...I remember watching this back then thinking scud had huge promise...he played really well in that tourny.
    pity he didn't end up winning a slam because his record in the Davis Cup shows he had a lot of talent.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7dIkmpaWHc
     
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    He had a talent not dedicating himself and throwing away his career. If you really want to see him shine check out his win over Sampras in the 1996 Australian Open. Just a brilliant performance. In the end he was a gutless talent who threw everything away....kind of sad as his impact could have been huge.
     
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    true, but to a certain extent..like safin..injuries were not kind to him. I think the aussie media treat him pretty harshly...he did wins 2 DC's for them....aussies should remember that.
     
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    His injuries were a direct result of his non-dedication to his proffession.

    Look at Rafter...he had every injury in the book but he was dedicated. He had nowhere neer the raw ability of Mark either.

    I guess in the end its all about priorities. Mark's wasnt tennis...it was Mark. Nobody is bigger than the game itself. Even Andre and Mcenroe realized this and they were two of the worst.
     
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    Very true. I'm the biggest Rafter flag waver there is, but I always thought it was a shame that Philippoussis was never seen as a golden boy like Rafter was. He would come across in the media as a bit churlish and wasn't easily forgiven.

    And yes - he did something Pat was never able to do himself, and he did it twice. We really don't hear all that much about it. Had Rafter 'won' the Davis Cup twice he'd be a national hero.
     
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    Rafter was pretty humble. Mark came across like with a sense of entitlement. Aussies like there humble athletes in tennis.

    Rafter was actually "the guy" when it came to Davis cup. He was just injured in the final tie. Kind of sad. What is it about Aussies and injuries....Roche, Cash, Rafter etc. It has to have something to do with all the beer.
     
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    As a guy who plays a lot of tennis... every time I see Rafter's deeply arched back on his kick serve... god... it just hurts to look at it.

    He practically hit is kick serve with almost an Eastern Forehand grip. I just can fathom how in the world he was able to arch his back like that (for so many years) to get the correct action on the ball. Amazing stuff.
     
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    Scud had fallen head over heels for Anna Kournikova, and a teenage Anna was very high maintenance, so no wonder that Mark's mind was elsewhere at times. He doesn't deserve the stick that he gets from some people.
     
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