the 4 segments of opene ra

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  1. kiki

    kiki Banned

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    In the men´s field, open era also attaches from 68 to 2011, if we divide players in 4 slots: 68-78, 79-89, 90-00, 01-11, and considering the major events: Wimbledon,Australian,Roland Garros,USO, Masters and WCT/Miami, my rankings are as follw ( one player cannot be included in 2 segments, even if guys like Borg,Connors,Sampras or Agassi could be in 2 )

    1968-1978

    1-.Borg
    2-.Laver
    3-.Connors
    4-.Newcombe
    5-.Rosewall
    6-.Vilas
    7-.Nastase
    8-.Ashe
    9-.Smith
    10-.Kodes

    1979-1989

    1-.Mc Enroe
    2-.Lendl
    3-.Wilander
    4-.Becker
    5-.Edberg
    6-.Cash
    7-.Kriek
    8-.Noah
    9-.Gomez
    10-.Teacher

    1990-2000

    1-.Sampras
    2-.Agassi
    3-.Courier
    4-.Rafter
    5-.Bruguera
    6-.Chang
    7-.Stich
    8-.Ivanisevic
    9-.Krajicek
    10-.Kafelnikov

    2001-2011

    1-.Federer
    2-.Nadal
    3-.Djokovic
    4-.Hewitt
    5-.Kuerten
    6-.Safin
    7-.Roddick
    8-.Ferrero
    9-.Del Potro
    10-.Johansson

    Non slam winners are excluded.I know some could argue that Mecir,Jarryd or Leconte were better players than Teacher, or that Murray,Nalbandian or Davidenkho are more solid performers than Johansson, but I´ll go with that list and will gladly discuss any issue on that regard.
     
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  2. treblings

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    1990-2000.
    kindly add Thomas Muster to your list.
    FO Champion and no.1 for a brief period
     
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  3. urban

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    My segments would be:
    1968-1973 : transitional players of pre open and open eras, different promoters, paper rankings before invention of the Computer Nr. 1, wood rackets, with some alu and metall rackets, modest topspin and allround game on serve and volley basis.
    1974-1982: first generation of real open era players, computer rankings, still unstructured tour, wood with fiberglass elements, alu and metall rackets, prevalence of slower courts (har tru), excessive topspin game, baseline game, double hander becomes common.
    1983-1991: graphite revolution, bigger rackets, new power game, but players grown up on wood and small rackets, hard courts take over from grass as lead surface, harder groundies, little less topspin, big serve.
    1992-2003: more stabil graphite rackets, more power game, bigger serve, big forehand, hard flat attacking baseline game, hard court prevalent, big shift between fast and clay courters.
    2004-2011: further development of rackets, string revolution, homogenization of surfaces, courts generally slower, powerful yet defensive baseline game, hard court style prevalent on all surfaces, extinction of volley.
     
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  4. hoodjem

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    opene ra

    hai osko deska

    mushi mushi ah no nai
     
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  5. kiki

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    From a technichal standpoint I´d agree with you 100%, those would be also my segments.I just divided 44 by 4 and came out with those 4 groups, of course, it is debatable, but I think, more or less, homogeneous.
     
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