I believe that Federer is a once-in-a-lifetime talent, so I am not confident that there will be another one like him for a long time. It is going to be hard not to look back and think, "In the days of Federer ..." in much the same way that older people think, "In the days of Laver and Rosewall...
Thanks very much for gathering the data and doing the painstaking analysis, and slicing the data in different ways to confirm / deny the hypothesis. You are an asset to this forum!
You know what would be really cool? For the deniers, one might construct a hypothesis testing problem with the...
Federer did something very bad for tennis. He showed us that tennis can be beautiful. Unfortunately, after watching Roger, everyone else looks like an ugly hack trying unsuccessfully to master this tennis thing. :-)
Francis Levy is so stunningly, idiotically, far off the mark that it is laughable. The words "Nadal" and "hubris" don't belong in the same sentence. Nadal has flaws, but overconfidence and a superiority complex are not in that list. Clearly, reading Aristotle does not seem to have resulted in...
As it is at the US Open, 2006 Federer over 2015 Djokovic in 4 sets.
If it was the 2004 US Open (coach-less) Federer version, that would be even quicker: 3 straight, possibly including a bagel or a breadstick. Fed was a monster in that USO.
All this is mere speculation, and probably very...
I hope that what you say is true, and that Roger carries this tactic to #18 !! That would be like trolling the ATP for two tournaments in a row :-) .
However, if I was in the opponent's place, and I knew that Mr. Federer is likely to give me the charge, the first thing I would think of is:
I think he will use it less frequently at the USO, given the speed difference between USO and Cincy.
I doubt that anyone is good enough from the forecourt to adopt it.
Most likely yes. Becker looked like he had crapped his pants when Federer had the gall to try the tactic against Djokovic...
Last I heard, Cincy was the Real Slam, not a rinkydink title.
The dude just trolled his way to a Masters 1000 title, and made Becker look like he had crapped his pants, and all you can come up with is "suicidal"?
Wait: Winning 4 in a row in a single year = high pressure, but winning 4 in a row across years = non-existent pressure.
Did you write that just for dramatic effect? Because if you didn't, that was a pretty daft thing to come up with.
In my book, 1 Serena Slam = 1 CYGS, so, 2 Serena Slams = 2 CYGS.
The yearly interval is just a made up artifact. A Serena Slam is every bit as monumental as the CYGS. I don't care how anybody else slices it. And I'm not even a fan.