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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    I would say the the career is still at least arguable given his status as a headcase (beating Federer and Sampras were two insane highs, being Fabrice Santoro's whipping boy was not) but yes; Safin was undoubtedly a more skilled tennis player than Roddick. That's not up for debate - he brought...
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    Peak level of play goes to Safin, he's clearly a more skilled tennis player than Roddick (and yes, he put the work in to fully heal up after 2003, but that has no bearing on the discussion of how their games matched up on Rebound Ace). But at a certain point, it has to be asked; what did you do...
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    Copying one of my old posts on this: "Normally I'd say the one with more majors should be the slam dunk answer, but while Safin has the advantage in that category (along with a tie for Masters) Roddick...
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    Are there some eras Roddick could have won 4 slams

    Taking a stab here, but better racquets and better strings. At no point was the Philippoussis anecdote supposed to imply otherwise; it was simply meant to illustrate that if you can bring the heat with graphite, you can still bring the heat with wood. Not as much heat, no, but you're not going...
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    Are there some eras Roddick could have won 4 slams

    Agassi won one when his baseline game wasn't nearly as refined as it would become, and Courier with his exploitable BH made it to the final and lost to Pete in a match that was a crapshoot more than anything else. While both were superior baseliners to Roddick in the grand scheme of things...
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    Are there some eras Roddick could have won 4 slams

    You've got an argument for first serves. Roddick handily takes the second serve, and I'd wager that he's not even that far off from those two in terms of numbers for the first despite being shorter (Krajicek has him by 3' at 6'5, Goran has him by 2' at 6'4) than both of them. There's a reason...
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    Are there some eras Roddick could have won 4 slams

    For what it's worth, Philippoussis once did a test with a wooden racquet and his average MPH only dropped by two MPH from 124 to 122. Given the nature of the serve (and the refinement of the service motions for the elite serves), it's unlikely that a reduction in headsize and material would...
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    Murray's stand against JG

    Of course. Now, with that acknowledged... the transcript excerpts coupled with everything else (including his past conduct) do not paint a flattering picture of Gimelstob as an individual. From the looks of things, it's clear an assault did indeed take place, whether or not it happened exactly...
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    Murray's stand against JG

    “This sounds horrible, but I’m very good at what I do,” he said in the interview last month. “And that upsets people in our structure. The players know how good I am, especially in terms of improving prize money for them, and that pisses off the tournaments. It annoys them that, even in a...
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    Andy Roddick on Good Day Atlanta

    Geez, this match. Young Rafa might have been able to take it to Fed even back then, but he had zero chance on this day, not against the serve and forehand he was faced with and certainly not on the older USO courts. Roddick's power was on full display from the word go - I remember in his...
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    McEnroe vs Sampras

    I remember reading about McEnroe being asked about whether he was on the Haas diet (used by Lendl and I believe Navratilova) and his response was to quip that no, he was on the Haagen-Dazs diet. A joke? Sure, but during his prime years there was no doubt where his mindset was in regards to...
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    Hewitt vs Roddick on grass

    I would argue that Roddick's W/L on grass during his peak as a player disputes the bolded point; during his best years from 2003 to 2005, he was 34-3 on the surface and you can probably guess the one person that managed to beat him three times. It also bears noting that this time period also...
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    Wait, why do pros use Babolat rackets??

    This can't be stated enough. Stiffness combined with a sufficiently high static/swing weight (like those racquets listed above, or the venerable 2001 Pure Control) is generally a very solid combination.
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    Who is stronger peak Wawrinka or peak Roddick?

    Disagree, copying/pasting from earlier: "In terms of game, IMO Roddick takes fast HC and grass, Stan takes slow HC and clay. Stan's groundstrokes are long and need a little more prep time compared to most players on tour, and the extreme grips he has don't help that; I remember him returning...
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    Who is stronger peak Wawrinka or peak Roddick?

    Ironically enough, all the elements were there for a good net game; he generally volleyed well when he was set and ready, he had an elite overhead, and even his cross court slice approaches at least sat down and stayed low even if the opponent had 75% of the court to aim for; the thing is that...
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