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|05-07-2012, 03:12 PM||#21|
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If we simply count the Majors, Federer is the best.
But until 1987 only a Major was on hard courts (Lendl & McEnroe are penalized) and before 1978 there were no Majors on that surface (Connors is strongly penalized).
Agassi vs Sampras: 6 Majors+16 Masters Series against 7 Majors+10 Masters Series. My choice is Agassi.
Federer is probably slightly superior to both, but if you take the three at the peak of their game, every one of them coul beat the other.
The US Open-only Era:
McEnroe = very high peaks and "great but not amazing" consistency: he was defeated by Scanlon in 1983, then he vanished after 1985.
Connors = semifinals or better from 1978 to 1985.
Lendl = 8 consecutive finals, 3 victories, 5 losses: 4 of these came from players at their peak (Connors '82, McEnroe '84, Wilander '88, Becker '89), but he was always there to front them. Outstanding consistency and he was nearly omnipotent for three consecutive year.
Only a heavy loss, against Connors in 1983, but there were some extra-tennis factors (Connors intimidated him and italian journalist Gianni Clarici also testified that some people in the crowd were shouting against Lendl slogans like "you dirty communist": it wasn't probably a easy match for Ivan).
My choice: the best peak was probably McEnroe in 1984, the most consistent was Connors (also considering that he did not played a Major on hard surface from 1974 to 1977, some of his best years), the best in combining peaks and consistence was Lendl.
In the poll I voted Lendl because I love his playing style and statuesque elegance... and also because he had a lot of strong opponents.
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