your dream doubles teams?

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  1. kiki

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    If you could mix two players from different eras whose abilities complement to make up for a great doubles team...which ones would be?

    There are many possibilities but the first one is both must have had a reasonable success in doubles.That alone excludes many top singles players.

    Here are some great teams that I would have loved watching play together

    -.Mandlikova and Court
    -.Hingis and King
    -.Brough and Navratilova
    -.Marble and Kournikova
    -.Sanchez and Casals

    -.Newcombe and Quist
    -.Bromwich and Mc Millan
    -.Mc Enroe and Roche
    -.Kramer and Van Ryn
    -.Cochet and Edberg

    many more to come...
     
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  2. fezer

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    nastase/becker would have been a dream for ion tiriac, as well as many tennis fans
     
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    McEnroe and Gonzales
    Would have been fun to watch the fireworks fly.
     
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  4. hoodjem

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    Could they survive each other?
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    The fireworks would probably be aimed at each other, but in the end, I think McEnroe might have been cowed by Gonzales.
     
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  6. ArliHawk

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    Darn it, thought this was our dream partner. If so, sign me up for Sharapova or Bouchard.
     
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  7. kiki

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    Yes, that should be the thread¡¡¡ thanks for the correction
     
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    Edberg and Rafter
     
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    John McEnroe and anyone (with thanks to Peter Fleming).
     
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    I'd love to see the mixed paired w/ Martina, but my hunch is that Court would be a better match for John. I think Rosewall would be perfect for John as well. You need solid more than flashy, and a calm steady presence to keep him balanced. Stan Smith would be great for Martina or oddly Mats Wilander. if you want to close the mixed doubles before it starts. You could pair Martina with Edberg. Who's going to out volley them?

    Guess who I am picking for Evert's mixed match. John Newcombe. I am giving her Maria Bueno as a partner for womens doubles. Both are very experienced, great shotmakers and temperamentally suited to bring out the best in her game.
     
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    McEnroe and Goran - Serving only!!!

    I Imagine 99% of the games would go to tie breaks, as I couldn't see them dropping serve often/ever
     
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    +1.

    10 chars..........
     
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  13. kiki

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    Lewis Hoad and Toto Brugnon

    Frank Sedgman and Bob Lutz
     
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    Nightmare for the opponents
     
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    Ivanisevic and Karlovic. The tiebreakers might be a problem, however.
     
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    i think edberg and mcenroe would be a good team
     
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  17. kiki

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    Mc Enroe and Stich were a very fine team, too.
     
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    nadal and federer
     
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    Edberg and McEnroe, one serve sliding out wide and the other kicking above your head. Not sure they could ever be beaten because they would never be broken. Pity the poor opponent who has to throw up a lot of second serves because they're going to beat you to the net off your own serve. You're talking probably the best right and left handed volley the game may have ever seen.
     
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    Edberg and McEnroe would be truly devastating imo.

    Not only were they both amazing at the net but they had vastly different serves too - not just the fact one is lefty and one a righty - which would make finding a return rhythm very hard.
     
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    Good thread idea Kiki! This is an interesting topic to consider. I really like watching McEnroe play doubles.

    McEnroe and Sampras, Borg and Laver, McEnroe and Rosewall, Gonzalez and Nadal, Sampras and Nadal.
     
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    Sampras and Rafter for me.
     
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    Funny I see so many McEnroe-Rosewall mentions, because that was my first thought. I do like the McEnroe-Edberg idea. I was shocked years later when I learned Edberg was only 6'2. He had the best stretch volley I have ever seen.

    Womens side is easy for me: Navratilova and King. Those two in their prime intimidated the crap out of other players.
     
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    Laver and Hoad--lefty + righty power duo.
     
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    Tony Roche and Arthur Ashe didn´t play too often, but they were great, even winning a slam in 1977 or 1978.Their strengths complemented very well.

    as for Edberg, I have posted before that it is a real sorrow he and Jarryd didn´t play much after the late 80´s.Edberg concentrated on singles and Jarryd mostly on doubles.

    Jarryd had almost everything you can ask of a doubs mate in terms of adaptability.
     
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    What about Frank Sedgman and Lewis Hoad? hard to think which team could beat them.At least, on a regular basis.
     
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