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    Nadal's b****

    Agree, JCF is much more of a pigeon for Nadal than Coria. JCF has never won a set in 4 tries. Coria actually won a match and took at least a set in the 3 losses including a bagel. Furthermore, he was up a double break in the 5th set in the epic Rome match and by all accounts outplayed Nadal for...
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    Who had/has tougher rivals: Sampras or Federer?

    Fed, Safin, Hewitt, Roddick did play with two of the highest caliber HOFers (higher than Edberg & Becker) - Sampras and Agassi. All 4 of them have a winning record over Sampras. How many slams did Edberg, Becker win during 93-98 when Sampras finished #1? Just 1. As Grimjack pointed out, they...
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    3 out of 5?

    An NFL player also may not be able to run a 4.40 forty. See this article that doubts the validity of the 40 yard times that NFL touts so proudly: That said, I agree that NFL has more athletes than tennis. One reason is the nature of the game: a...
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    Who had/has tougher rivals: Sampras or Federer?

    How can this be in Federer's favor? If Moya, Enquist, Rafter et al had been better than what they turned out to be, they would've reduced Sampras and Agassi slam counts from 96 to 02 (just like Sampras, Agassi, Courier reduced the tally of Edberg and Becker). By 2004, they would have been in the...
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    Who had/has tougher rivals: Sampras or Federer?

    There were more dangerous big-serving net rushers in the 90's than today. I think this is because of fast surfaces and carpet tournaments. (The other day I was looking at the breakdown of Sampras and Federer's career. Both had about the same # of titles at age 24, but Sampras had 11 carpet...
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    Watched Agassi practice today

    Agree that although the power level at the top hasn't increased, it seems like so many players outside of top10 can crack a 100MPH forehand: Blake, Verdasco, Gonzalez, Turusunov, J. Johansson, Grosjean, Monfils, Gasquet, Ishtomin, Calleri etc
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    Who had/has tougher rivals: Sampras or Federer?

    I agree with most of what you are saying except the last statement. Sampras is better than anyone today except Fed. True he had a matchup problem with Hewitt, but even Fed has a matchup problem with Nadal.
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    Pete Sampras speaks on Federer

    Whenever there is a thread about Sampras/Federer, each player's fans try to denigrate the other by saying "He faced nobodies". I believe both of them are so far above everyone else that they would have cleaned up no matter who they faced. The only difference seems to be that Fed is remarkably...
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    Roger Federer Should be Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

    Well, if Brady had James, Harrison, and Wayne as supporting cast, and a dome with perfect conditions to play in, he would put up similar numbers. Before Deion Branch came into his own & Dillon joined the team, the Patriots offense was not by any means elite. Yet Brady won two Super Bowls during...
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    Roger Federer Should be Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

    Usually I agree with your analysis, but I think you are off the mark on Tom Brady. His playoff record is unmatched, and he has a better passer rating in his 5 years than Manning. See this: Just like Federer, he has a good chance of...
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    Roger Vs Pete !?

    laurie, you probably have seen this page already. It backs up your statements. "Pete Sampras, known for having one of the best serves in pro tennis, hit 11 first serves with an average radar gun velocity of 120mph and and an average spin rate of 2699rpm, easily the highest combination of ball...
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    Is one grand slam easier to win than the other?

    This year, unlike in years past, the level of difficulty - in terms of contenders & challengers - was about the same at the FO & Wimbledon. At RG - Nadal, Federer, and Coria were the three major contenders with Ferrero, Safin, Gasquet, Ferrer etc. as the dangerous floaters. At Wimbledon Federer...
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    The real reasons for death of serve and volley tennis

    These days, in big matches, Federer sticks to his bread and butter baseline game. However, he has better movement, more athleticism, better transition game, more ability to finish off points at the net, and ability to chip-and-charge on opponent's serves than the average baseliner. He is also...
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    Will NADAl have a Chang like career?

    I think Nadal will win a minimum of 6 slams (3 FO, 2AO, 1USO). If he develops further, he could win even more. Chang was unfortunate to be in the Sampras era, but it's hard to see him have any more success in any other era. While Gilbert's claim is an exaggeration, it has some validity. He is...
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    What is Richard Gasquet had won 10 Titles this year . . .

    VamosRafa has a point: Folks are too quick to give Gasquet credit for what he MIGHT do, and denigrate (to some extent) what Nadal has ALREADY done. (This is the same attitude you see in NBA drafts: Coaches and fans are excited more about potential than tangible results - they would rather select...