Stich vs Krajicek

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Who is the better player?

  1. Michael Stich

    13 vote(s)
    72.2%
  2. Richard Krajicek

    5 vote(s)
    27.8%
  1. James_M

    James_M New User

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    Who was the better player?

    Michael Stich

    Major Titles
    Wimbledon 1991

    Major Finals
    US Open 1994
    French Open 1996

    Major SF
    French Open 1991
    Australian Open 1993
    Wimbledon 1997

    Masters Series Titles
    Hamburg 1993
    Stockholm 1993
    ATP Finals 1993

    Masters Series Finals
    Hamburg 1992

    Richard Krajicek

    Major Titles
    Wimbledon 1996

    Major SF
    Australian Open 1992
    French Open 1993
    Wimbledon 1998

    Masters Series Titles
    Stuttgart 1998
    Miami 1999

    Masters Series Finals
    Rome 1996
    Stuttgart 1997
    Toronto 1998
    Stuttgart 1999
     
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  2. President of Serve/Volley

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    Stich, when he was on, he was very scary to play. I'd go with Stich.
     
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  3. timnz

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    Sampras

    Interestingly Sampras who was the king of that era - had a losing record against both of them. They were both very talented players. I'd give the edge to Stich.
     
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  4. timnz

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    I remember a comment from Stich straight after he had played Krajicek. "It was like playing myself".
     
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  5. NamRanger

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    Are we talking based on career or peak playing level? If were basing it on peak playing level, I think Krajicek gets the nod because he simply has so much firepower (although Stich certainly does not lack in that department).



    Basing it off of career, Stich wins by a landslide (due to Krajicek's inability to stay healthy).
     
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  6. KrossKourt

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    borrrrrrring!
     
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  7. 35ft6

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    I saw Krajicek practicing at the US Open one year with Albert Costa. I could relate to Krajicek's strokes. Some of those guys you watch them hit, and their technique is on such a different level, the ball seems to be defying the laws of physics, they can put so much pace and action on the ball with so little effort. Something about Rickard K, his strokes seemed relatable, almost pedestrian. Obviously, they're not, but he hit relatively flat and his follow through was pretty classical.

    Stich was more talented. Richard was probably more unstoppable at his best.
     
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  8. President of Serve/Volley

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    What's boring?
     
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  9. hoosierbr

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    Stich. A better all-around player. Three Slam finals. Should have won the French. Even the year he retired, bum shoulder and all, he went to a fifth set in the Wimbledon semifinal before losing to Cedric Pioline.

    Once Krajicek got injured it never seemed to stop and he never really found his top form apart from a couple of big runs at the slams - '98 Wimbledon and '00 US Open.
     
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  10. ericsson

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    Stich was the better all round player IMO but when Kraji was on fire he could beat anyone, and he did...
     
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  11. grafselesfan

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    I like both players alot. I think you have to say Stich had the slightly better career though. Both potentially underachieved to some degree, though tough to have done alot more in the killer era they were both in. Stich's underachieving was mostly mental toughness, inconsistency, and desire though, while that was true of Richard to some extent in case it was mostly just horrible luck with health and injuries. Had Richard stayed healthy he might well have had the better career but it didnt happen for him.
     
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