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Old 07-13-2011, 09:47 AM   #18
John123
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You aren't giving Barry MacKay enough credit.
I was hoping someone would bring this up! My reason is that in 1967, Barry was far past his prime.

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I like your analysis.
Thanks!

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Still, winning a 3 round tournament filled with guys like Nadal, Murray, Monfils, etc. is pretty impressive.
No doubt.

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I think in 90's and earlier when early round upsets were more common, playing a 128 draw was tougher, but these days with 32 seeds and everyone playing similar games on surfaces that are closer to medium in speed, the early rounds really are rarely a challenge.
Maybe, maybe not. Nadal has had some close calls in early rounds (Kendrick at Wimbledon, Isner at the French), and I think Federer beat Tipsarevic 10-8 in the fifth set in the 3rd round of the Australian Open a few years ago. This is just off the top of my head. I think we should give the top guys of today some credit for how rarely they lose early.
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