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    Why Nadal is not one of the best ever even on clay.

    There are more compelling reasons why Nadal isn't one of the best clay-court players ... YET. He's won Roland Garros only twice. Lendl, Wilander and Kuerten won three times. Borg, of course, is miles ahead with six. Cochet won four times (five if you count his 1922 win, when the tournament...
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    The shortest Wimbledon finals

    I was just reading a book called 'The Complete Lawn Tennis Player' by A. Wallis Myers, and he provides a little background to Canon J.T. Hartley's three Wimbledon final appearances. Apparently he had suffered a bout of cholera and was in no condition to play, though he admits he couldn't have...
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    How do you rank the great Aussies?

    Yeah, there's quite the diversity of opinion. If you're interested in Vines, his son wrote a book called 'The Greatest Athlete of All Time'. Obviously, it's not the most IMPARTIAL account you'll find of Vines's career ... but it does make for an interesting read.
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    How do you rank the great Aussies?

    I think the idea is that the same criticism could apply to Vines as a player ... perhaps even more strongly. Vines once said that his strategy in every match was the same: 'hit the ball as hard as I can to the corner, then hit the ball as hard as I can to the other corner. Repeat.'
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    How do you rank the great Aussies?

    That is exactly right, except that he ranks Cooper ahead of Fraser ... then Anderson, McGregor and Stolle round out the top 10. In the computer ratings at the beginning of the book it goes a little differently: 1. Laver, 2. Hoad, 3. Rosewall, 4. Sedgman, 5. Newcombe, 6. Emerson. Crawford is...
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    How do you rank the great Aussies?

    Laver #1 and Newcombe #2 sounds about right to me. I agree: Wimbledon and years at number one are paramount. That said ... IMO Rosewall is BY FAR the greatest never to win Wimbledon.
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    Who are your top 15 men and women all time.

    I disagree. Sampras played in an era when grass had become something of a specialist's surface ... he had only a handful of consistent threats to worry about on grass. In Budge's time, EVERYONE was the equivalent of a 'grass-court specialist.' A good case can be made that Sampras would have...
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    Most Impressive Men's Tennis Achivements

    Agreed. This is BY FAR the most impressive record in tennis ... Perhaps the most impressive record in all of sports!
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    Most Impressive Men's Tennis Achivements

    Tilden pulled off the same feat, with a few crucial differences ... Lendl won only three times in his eight final appearances. Tilden won SIX out of eight straight finals, and he later added a seventh title AND another final! I would say that his, by far, is the more impressive record.
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    Henri Cochet

    Might I find Danzig's list in 'The Fireside Book of Tennis', or perhaps some other book? I see that one's quite a weighty tome at 1043 pages!
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    top5 of all time?

    Hm ... seems I've heard this one before.
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    Who'd You clone ( pro's of yesteryear ) to stop FEDERER ?

    Since the thread is repeated, I'll repeat my answer. Rod Laver, Neale Fraser, Tony Roche ... Talented lefties all. Not sure they'd win, but they'd put up a good fight.
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    Who'd I Clone to stop FEDERER .

    Rod Laver, Neale Fraser, Tony Roche ... Talented lefties all. Not sure they'd win, but they'd put up a good fight.
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    Don´t you think Federer needs some epic victories in his career?

    Actually, I agree with you. Federer's record in five setters needs improvement. The problem for him, I think, is that he so rarely gets pushed to five sets ... when a match DOES go the distance, he looks a bit winded. Federer sometimes lets his nerves get to him at crucial points too, as he...
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    Who is the most talented player?

    Agassi IMO was more talented than McEnroe.
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