Recent content by Joseph L. Barrow

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    Has Federer ever lost a match in which...

    Peak Federer had some losses in which none of those things applied. Notably, in Majors, we have the: -2004 French Open third-round loss to Kuerten -2005 Australian Open semifinal to Safin (he did make a stupid decision to go for the trick shot on his match point in the fourth set tiebreak when...
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    Only 5 players outside the big 4 have won masters this decade

    I've learned so very much about tennis from the last couple dozen posts here.
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    Since 2007, reaching grand slam F's was easier than winning M1000 titles for non big-4 players

    You say "Wimbledon (4)," but only list three (2009, 2010, 2016)-- and indeed, there were only three.
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    Tennis "lowest" point in the Open era

    I would say the field was quite stacked in the early-mid '90s with Sampras, Agassi, Becker, Edberg, Courier, etc. all in competition at or near the top, but by '98, most of that depth had evaporated with the holdovers from the late '80s retiring, Agassi off on a drug-addled sabbatical from...
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    Tennis "lowest" point in the Open era

    True enough. Wrong choice of words on my part.
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    Tennis "lowest" point in the Open era

    Well, three of the seven players you first list (Agassi, Ferrero, and Roddick) won their titles in 2003, then there was one "surprise" winner per year in '04 and '05 (Gaudio, Safin) before Federer and Nadal swept everything in '06-07, so I think it could be argued that the decline in variation...
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    Federer is playing well but it's nowhere near his 2004-07 level

    I do think this Indian Wells run was close to a peak-level Federer performance. He didn't lose a set, lost only one service game in the tournament, blitzed Nadal, and soundly defeated an in-form Wawrinka in the final. 2004-2007 Federer was remarkable for his level of play, but even more...
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    Federer from 2011-2017 might have better win/loss than Sampras from 1993-1998

    If you're arbitrarily excluding the year with his worst win-loss average, then you're not using Federer's win-loss record from 2011-2017. If we allowed Sampras the same luxury and threw out 1998, he would come out at 354-63 for an 84.89% winning average (which, note, was actually thus his...
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    So are you trying to tell me Federer tanked?

    First, Sampras was not "12-13 years past his prime"-- more like 10 years past his peak. He was five years retired, but went out winning a Major title in his last tournament before retirement. He was still in shape and playing regularly, even if no longer on the main tour, and I strongly suspect...
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    If Wawrinka goes 5-0, is he an All-Timer?

    The way many people on these forums speak, one would think it was better to lose in the first round than record a runner-up finish, since that doesn't blemish one's all-determinative record in Major finals.
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    Federer's 2006 Wimbledon Draw

    No, Roddick had Berdych (strong former and future top 10 player and and the following year's Wimbledon runner-up) in the Round of 16, Hewitt (resurgent former world #1 and Wimbledon champion) in the quarterfinals, Murray (world #3, future world number one and two-time Wimbledon champion) in the...
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    Djokovic ranking drop potential

    Well, I haven't carefully tallied the respective points breakdowns of the top players, but considering that even in the second half of last season, Djokovic still managed a Canada title, US Open runner-up, and Year-End Championship runner-up (a subpar set of accomplishments for a Djokovic...
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    Roddick on the huge importance of matchups

    Well, I think there is no reasonably disputing that Federer and Nadal's styles clash in a way that tends to favor Nadal independent of surface-- consider that a teenage Nadal beat a prime Federer at 2004 Miami, that the two are 10-10 in career non-clay-court meetings in spite of the fact that...
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    Roddick on the huge importance of matchups

    Regarding Roddick's comments about the relative importance of "match-ups" relative to "form," did he clarify exactly what things he included under the umbrellas of those terms? If we define "match-up" as consisting purely of the interaction of the two athletes' styles of play, then I agree that...