Rios

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  1. looseswing

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    I heard this guy was really good but never got to see him play. If he was at top form now would he be able to take on Nadal and Fed?
     
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  2. Moose Malloy

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    Rios was one of the most spectacular tank artists in tennis history. He'd probably look at Nadal frothing at the mouth during the warmup & decide he had enough. or give it his best for a set then tank-75,61. I could see that being a common score when he played either Fed or Nadal.

    It would be a fun matchup though, for a set.
     
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  3. BaseLineBash

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    He was VERY good, just no heart. It would be fun to watch him play against those two.
     
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  4. looseswing

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    But lets say he theoretically played his best, no tanking for a match just effort, would he be on the same level as Nadal and even Federer?
     
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  5. BaseLineBash

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    If not, then close. He was a talent.
     
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  6. bcaz

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    Overrated as a player overall -- very creative shotmaker, but other than a hot streak about 8-9 years ago, he wasn't any better than Hicham Arazi or Arnaud Clement.
     
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  7. Eviscerator

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    True, he was a waste of talent, and not only did he lack heart, but he lacked class as well. He seems to be a real loser in his life away from tennis as well.
     
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  8. BabolatFan

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    Didn't know if he was that good. Slamless.
     
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  9. Shaolin

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    Rios was an incredible talent but didnt really live up to his potential (besides reaching world #1 and winning lots of Masters Series titles). I have lots of Rios matches on dvd if you want to contact me.
     
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  10. oscar_2424

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    You have to be kidding to compare Rios to those players
     
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  11. textbook strokes

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    Is it true that tennis magazine lebeled him as "The most hated man in the pro tour"?.
    I heard an anecdote about him being pissed off 'cause he did'n have a seat at the player's lounge and then telling Seles -"You shold be at the trainning court losing some weigth instead of wasting time talking here"-.
    Not a really nice guy... although Krajicek also said something about the fat players in the wta tour.
     
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  12. Moose Malloy

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    yeah, but krajicek didn't say that to their face!

    the rios-seles story is true. such a nice girl, didn't deserve to be insulted like that.

    it was SI that had the article, not tennis, titled "most hated man in tennis"
     
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  13. looseswing

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    Shaolin that would be incredible if you could get me a match. I really want to see this guy play now.
     
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  14. Shaolin

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    you can email me at michaelmoses15@hotmail.com
     
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  15. looseswing

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    Shaolin, did you recieve my email?
     
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  16. 35ft6

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    He would have a shot against Federer on clay, he might even be the fave on that surface, and I can imagine them having an incredible shot making contest on fast courts. Federer would have the definite edge on hard courts.

    Against Nadal, at his best, he would have a slight edge on hard courts. I'm talking at his best, as in he's motivated, has fighting spirit, plus his feet and hands are in top form. In that mode, I would put a 100% Rios above a 100% Nadal on hard courts.

    On clay, I give the edge to Nadal but it would be an interesting match. His mule kick crosscourt forehands would be going right into Rios forehand, which he could place on a dot, at any pace, all with the same motion when he was on. Rios and Guga are the two players I would loved to have seen challenge Nadal on clay at their best.
     
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  17. Cobaine

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    Rios was extremely talented but he was such a sullen ******* that it made it hard to appreciate. How can someone that good at tennis act like he hates be on the court, not having fun?
     
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