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TheMagicianOfPrecision 07-14-2011 03:49 AM

Which surface has the GOAT (RF) declined most at since 2004-2007?
 
Havent seen any thread discussing this yet...

Povl Carstensen 07-14-2011 05:56 AM

Maybe because its not thaat interesting...

Hood_Man 07-14-2011 06:09 AM

I'll pick Wimbledon too. The speed of the surface has taken time away from his defence, and the low bounce will probably still cause problems for his back.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if he does win #17, it could well happen at the French Open. The faster balls will be good for his attacking game, and the slower surface will give him more time to defend.

Andres 07-14-2011 06:42 AM

I would say grass.

Tammo 07-14-2011 08:28 AM

Federer isn't GOAT, he hasn't had enough grass.:)

Towser83 07-14-2011 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Tammo (Post 5835900)
Federer isn't GOAT, he hasn't had enough grass.:)

So Sampras is the GOAT?

So what you're saying is someone could win 20 slams (5 of each) but someone else who won 10 of one slam and no others, or 8 of one slam and one each of the others, would be better than the guy with 9 or 10 more slams than him?

Is this the latest attempt to redifine GOATness because someone hopes Nadal might get 8 French Opens? :)

Either that or you rate winning Wimbledon the most amount of times so high that it outranks winning the most overall. In which case Federer is the second greatest and Nadal is a long way behind, with just 2.

Anyway, in regards to the question of the thread, grass is my pick. 2 quarterfinals in the last 2 years at Wimbledon, compared to a semi and a final at the US Open, semi and a win at the Australian Open, and a final and quarter at the French.

FlamEnemY 07-14-2011 11:39 AM

Grass.

He's doing just fine on clay though. Very interesting.

MichaelNadal 07-14-2011 12:13 PM

Definitely grass which is weird.

soyizgood 07-14-2011 12:33 PM

Fast HC. He used to be an automatic to win those events, but now he's just a contender.

TheMagicianOfPrecision 07-14-2011 03:43 PM

Its funny though...clay is a young mans game, and Federer played (imo) 2 of his best matches in his career in the FO-SF and Final this year.

And the surface where he was lightyears before everyone else and dominated like crazy (grass) he has declined the most at...

Any theories on this? Why?

I think he is still very good at fast HC like Cincy and the USO.

powerangle 07-16-2011 05:22 PM

I don't think it's necessarily grass. If it were a choice between the 4 slams, then yes, Wimbledon would be the one he's been underperforming at the most. But if there were more tournies on grass, I don't think he would overall perform the worst there. For example, I think Fed has better chances against Nadal on grass, than on slow HC, for example.

I think it's close between grass and slow HC.

tata 07-16-2011 05:27 PM

Maybe clay still gives him time to chase and return the ball whereas grass he doesn't?

zagor 07-16-2011 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by powerangle (Post 5840630)
I don't think it's necessarily grass. If it were a choice between the 4 slams, then yes, Wimbledon would be the one he's been underperforming at the most. But if there were more tournies on grass, I don't think he would overall perform the worst there. For example, I think Fed has better chances against Nadal on grass, than on slow HC, for example.

I think it's close between grass and slow HC.

Last slam he won is on slow HC while the same year he almost went in the first round at Wimbledon and this year he loses 2-0 set lead there for the first time in his career, sorry but there's no comparison.

It's not just about where he has a better shot against Nadal but rather where he does worse/better against the field.

norbac 07-16-2011 06:53 PM

The GOAT(RaFael) has only slightly declined on carpet over the last few years.

NadalAgassi 07-16-2011 07:00 PM

The GOAT (Laver) hasnt played competitive tennis in decades. Thus I have no idea what you are talking about.

powerangle 07-16-2011 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zagor (Post 5840721)
Last slam he won is on slow HC while the same year he almost went in the first round at Wimbledon and this year he loses 2-0 set lead there for the first time in his career, sorry but there's no comparison.

It's not just about where he has a better shot against Nadal but rather where he does worse/better against the field.

Sorry have to disagree here. If you're going to point out that he won AO last year, then we are heading into slam territory again, which was precisely my point. If you only consider slams, then of course Fed has underperformed the most at Wimbledon. Fed hasn't the chance on more grass tournaments to prove his worth, and right now his track record on grass the last two years may just be anecdotal, who knows.

Overall, if Fed played the same amount of tournaments (slams and other tournaments) on both slow HC and grass, I think his overall success against the field would be about equal, Nadal or not. Fed has a greater shot to go deep or win tournies on hard courts in general because he has many more chances to.

As for crapping out a 2-0 sets lead to Tsonga, that was a mental cramp more than anything. He had the game to take out Tsonga fairly easily (which was why he even got a 2 sets lead in the first place).

Sid_Vicious 07-16-2011 08:56 PM

The GOAT (Djokovic) is just entering his prime. We can't say that he has declined on anything yet. He is simply laying down the standards he plans to meet/overtake for the next half-decade.

BigForehand 07-16-2011 09:29 PM

grass since he was so good back in his prime.

FedExpress 333 07-17-2011 12:04 AM

I think grass, but slow HC is a close second.

IvanisevicServe 07-17-2011 03:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by powerangle (Post 5841003)
Sorry have to disagree here. If you're going to point out that he won AO last year, then we are heading into slam territory again, which was precisely my point. If you only consider slams, then of course Fed has underperformed the most at Wimbledon. Fed hasn't the chance on more grass tournaments to prove his worth, and right now his track record on grass the last two years may just be anecdotal, who knows.

Overall, if Fed played the same amount of tournaments (slams and other tournaments) on both slow HC and grass, I think his overall success against the field would be about equal, Nadal or not. Fed has a greater shot to go deep or win tournies on hard courts in general because he has many more chances to.

As for crapping out a 2-0 sets lead to Tsonga, that was a mental cramp more than anything. He had the game to take out Tsonga fairly easily (which was why he even got a 2 sets lead in the first place).

Federer lost to Hewitt in the final of last year's Halle, too...so I'm not so sure.

If he's going down 2 sets to Falla (and having to break to keep from losing in 4), blowing a 2 set lead against Tsonga, losing back-to-back years in the QF at Wimbledon, and losing the final to an over-the-hill Hewitt, that's not very encouraging for his shot against strong fields in hypothetical "grass 1,000's."

The level Nadal and Djokovic played in the Wimbledon final this year, Federer would've been steamrolled going against either of them on grass. And if it were fast enough to just be a serve-and-return contest, Federer's mediocre returning and tendency to have a bad game every now and then during the match on his serve would seal his fate against guys who excel in serve/return contests.

Either way, Federer used to be virtually unbeatable on grass for the field...the courts have definitely continued to slow down since Federer won his first 3-4 Wimbledons, and his once breathtaking grass court ground game is completely non-imposing. He looks like a pusher on grass.


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