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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    Thanks, I hadn't noticed them. Anyway, I am right: while there was one teen Slam finalist in the 1990s and one since the start of 2000, the one in the 1990s was Sampras at the US Open 1990. So, since the start of 1991, there has been one teen Slam finalist (Nadal at RG 2005), whereas there had...
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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    I believe that of the 15 teenage Slam finalists in the open era, only one of them (Nadal at RG 2005) has been since the start of 1991, and I believe that all of the other 14 were in between around 1974 and the end of 1990. Perhaps there was one in the 1968-73 period - I'll have to check.
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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    Thank you. When I get time, I'll try to do a decade by decade breakdown. I think it'd be interesting to show how teenagers got phased out after about 1990, having done very well indeed in between 1975 and 1990.
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    AO results tend to not be reflective of the winner’s season

    Wimbledon being in the middle of the year makes it more likely the Wimbledon winner will be on form for other events than the Australian Open winner, who has time to cool off before other big events. What about US Open champs and year-end rankings?
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    Fed Fans - If you could swap the results of Fedovic RG 2011 and USO 2011, would you?

    Okay, fair enough. But it is surely a smaller difference than that between Nadal winning one more Slam and Nadal not winning one more Slam. Had the two semis changed but Nadal still beat Djokovic in Paris and Nadal also beat Federer in New York, and had nothing else changed in tennis history...
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    Fed Fans - If you could swap the results of Fedovic RG 2011 and USO 2011, would you?

    Neither Djokovic v Nadal in Paris nor Federer v Nadal in New York has a guaranteed outcome, of course. But the only risk is the changed US Open semi. Nadal won the RG final, so him beating Djokovic rather than Federer in the final doesn't change much.
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    Hypothetical career?

    I'm not denying he had the change of winning two Slams. I am saying that picking any particular two is a long shot for any player outside the big three. Especially two Roland Garroses, one of which is one of Nadal's best. I honestly think there's a case for 2012 as Nadal's third best at RG...
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    Hypothetical career?

    Soderling to win both RG2012 and RG2013 is a bold call. I'd have loved it to have happened, but it's a bold call. Nadal at RG2012 was pretty formidable. RG2013 is more likely but even then I wouldn't have put him as favorite.
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    Is Medvedev Really That Good?

    To my mind, Gasquet is not only more appealing in tennis terms than Shapovalov but obviously so. I think Shapovalov rather overrated. FAA from what I could tell is a rather defensive player - but, as I said, I've only seen him play once. It could be I will appreciate his style more. Medvedev and...
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    Is Medvedev Really That Good?

    Not sure how you'd prefer watching Shapo to Khachanov or Medvedev but to each their own. ;) N.B. I have only seen Felix Auger-Aliassime play once, but I wouldn't think his style is very "exciting," either. Isn't it really that he, Shapo, and Tsitsipas can all for various non-tennis related...
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    Is Medvedev Really That Good?

    Rather Khachanov and Medvedev than Shapo. Although Tsitsipas is also my pick of the bunch. And De Minaur my last pick.
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    Odds that Djokovic passes Nadal?

    Although, that said, number of Slams won while aged 31: Djokovic 3, Federer 0, Agassi 0, (Nadal 2, nobody else since 1972 has got more than 1).
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    Odds that Djokovic passes Nadal?

    20-18-18 is impossible until next year.
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    Odds that Djokovic passes Nadal?

    This makes no sense. If Nadal wins RG2019, he will lead Djokovic 18-15 in Slam titles. Djokovic will be one Slam past his 32nd birthday. Nobody since Rosewall has won four Slams after playing a Slam since turning 32 - even Federer only got three. And even four Slams might not suffice for...
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