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    Put Sir Andrew Barron Murray in the 2003-2009 era instead of Federer, how does he do?

    Nowhere near is an exaggeration, they have the same number of slam titles (which is what this thread is about mainly). Murray has had a more stellar career obviously but Stan was more scary when he was zoning and mentally tougher in bigger matches than Murray.
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    Put Sir Andrew Barron Murray in the 2003-2009 era instead of Federer, how does he do?

    Certainly less than TTW experts would have you believe. Murray always had clear, objective weaknesses in his game that are way too often brushed aside. It's not that he lost to the big 3 so often, it's that many of his losses were such routine, one-sided affairs. Let's look at slams: AO - We...
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    Why does Murray dislike many of the younger guys?

    Eh, no. It's up to every one of them individually whether they're gonna respect him or not. It's not their job to hype Murray (that's for British media and TTWers), they're his competitors on court who want to kick him out of the tourney. If anything the last few generations showed way too much...
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    Why did it take until late 2014 for Federer to overtake Murray in their H2H?

    He was wearing a compression shirt already at AO and had a very low ace count in a 5 setter against Tsonga in the previous round (and Jo is a poor returner). Fed's back already flared up in 2012 several times and he quite simply overplayed that season (around 90 matches). It's not something that...
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    Why did it take until late 2014 for Federer to overtake Murray in their H2H?

    Now now historian, stay on topic in your own thread.
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    Why did it take until late 2014 for Federer to overtake Murray in their H2H?

    The only time Murray beat Fed in a slam was in one of the worst seasons of Fed's career. To put it in terms a Nadal fanboy like the OP would understand, it's like holding Nadal's slam losses in 2015 against him. Other than that, Murray went down to Fed in slams in pretty routine fashion (half...
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    Why did it take until late 2014 for Federer to overtake Murray in their H2H?

    Fed started focusing more on masters again when his slam level of play decreased. Don't think it has much to do with anything else given how easily he handled Murray in slams at the time.
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    Why does Murray dislike many of the younger guys?

    I reckon he feels he was better than them at his best (and well, he's likely right) and is envious of their "without the big 3" career prospects.
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    Federer vs Djokovic . Who is greater?

    You're asking me to split hairs here, it's two periods very similar in strength with the last year in both cases being the weakest. I'd say 2004-2006 had a bit more depth while 2014-2016 was a bit more top heavy but on aggregate level, there really isn't much separating them. Flip a coin.
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    Federer vs Djokovic . Who is greater?

    Oh 2011 is a stronger year, one of the strongest I've seen actually. That certainly doesn't mean however that I believe 2007 Fed wasn't a better player in slams than 2011 Fed.
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    Federer vs Djokovic . Who is greater?

    Playing from the baseline? Yes, I genuinely believe they wouldn't (ditto for Fed), grass had dead bounce in those years. It's not about who's a better overall baseliner but about who could adapt to those specific conditions (which don't exist today). Playing all-court tennis Novak would be a...
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    Federer vs Djokovic . Who is greater?

    Nah, he won the tourney while dropping just two sets in early rounds. One against Lopez who played out of his skin in the 1st set and the 2nd to Isner in tiebreak which can happen to anyone (heck, it happened to Nadal at the FO). Fed struggled in masters in 2007 but he was still very much money...
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    Federer vs Djokovic . Who is greater?

    Given that no baseliner plays anything like Agassi, not really. He was unique in terms of how early he took the ball and how clean his ballstriking was. Partly because of his innate gifts and partly because of the training methods his father (a former boxer) employed while he was growing up.
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    Nadal vs Federer. Who is greater?

    Fedr for now, but I think Nadal has a few more slams in him despite being the most injured sportsman in the history of the universe.
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    Nadal about to miss his 28th masters event on HC since 2008

    That's because he's so mentally tough and such a fighter that he can just decide he isn't injured anymore as soon as he steps on clay, or something. Players who actually had their careers sidelined by injuries are mental midgets in comparison, if only they had Nadal's humble fighting spirit.
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