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Old 09-27-2009, 09:43 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by timnz View Post
To make the competition more fair how about having, in addition to the match up you propose above, a doubles match with the same pairing with 1960's wooden rackets on a fast 1960's grass surface.

Then the answer is simple - Federer Wawrinka win the former match and Laver/Roche win the latter match.

Question: I wonder why when people create imaginary matchups they always load things to favour the current players. People think that players from the 1960's would have no chance against the players today. And that is true, using the current equipment and conditions. But it is equally true that the players of today would have no chance against the players of the 1960's if playing with wooden rackets on the fast indoor or grass surfaces they had then. So given that consideration it is impossible to say who is better.
Yes, this poll is meant to favor the current players. That's precisely the point of it. It's a shot at the TW Historians (one of whom told me that Laver would beat modern pros using a wooden racquet while the modern pros used graphite).
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