i think most people forget the equipement used between old timers and modern players when debating who is better. for the old guys... most rackets were made from wood and requires much more skill and talent to use. those guys still able to hit over 100mhp serves with them wooden rackets. some players can't do that consitently now with modern rackets. i think its hands down for the old timers on the skill department. they have to hit the sweetspot everytime to get a good pop. the rackets now have a bigger sweetspot and hitting off center is more forgiving. wooden rackets are heavier as well. the points last a lot longer so conditioning is important. not to take anything away from the modern players. they are great in their own ways, just a bit silly to compare who is better IF they played each other. i can't name another player besides Federer that can maybe used a wooden racket and hit the ball. i doubt Roddick can serve the way he does now with the wooden racket. i think old timers are better but will get kill on a one to one as the racket technology heavily favors the modern game. one reason making it harder to play serve and volley. its like modern planes dropping bombs on the cave man society.