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    Ivanisevic vs Cilic

    OK. Which major might he have won had he not been "injured"? Which seasons were subpar because of injuries? Shoulder injuries you say? That would affect his serve, wouldn't it? Were there any seasons during which his ace count was significantly down? It's easy to say that injuries affected...
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    Ivanisevic vs Cilic

    Ivanisevic missed a grand total of one Major between the beginning of 1989 and the end of 1998, so he does not, by any stretch of the imagination, belong on a list of players who underachieved because of injuries. He had no significantly shortened seasons prior to 2001. Whatever he did achieve...
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    It’s a really tough feat to 3-peat

    In Masters events, Nadal has a shot at a three-peat in Canada this year, which would be impressive as it's not on clay
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    TT - Does this one slam wonders deserve to be introduced in Tennis HOF?

    What's Ivanisevic's Hall of Fame status? Is he in? If not, has he at least been nominated? If he is in, with only one Major and two Masters titles, the bar has been set quite low, unless his leading role in getting the Wimbledon people to change the grass is considered worthy of recognition...
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    Leo Borg to debut in ATP Challenger Tour

    The way things are going (with the Big Three), he may get a chance if he hangs in there for 10 or 15 years.
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    The renaissance of Gael Monfils?

    Monfils's #10 ranking at the end of last season was somewhat misleading, as it was fashioned in large part because draws worked out well for him--He faced only three Top 10 players all year, a very low number of such encounters for a full season. He finished 1-2 against them. So far this year...
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    Sampras is greater on grass than nadal is on clay. Opposition proves it.

    I think the poster meant that Thiem and Soderling were stronger on clay than Agassi was on grass. Here are some predictions of majors outcomes had neither Sampras nor Nadal won their Wimbledons (Sampras) nor Frenchs (Nadal) and the remainder of each tournament played out more or less as they...
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    Sampras is greater on grass than nadal is on clay. Opposition proves it.

    Federer and Djokovic alone provided far more strong opposition on clay for Nadal than any combination of grass courters did against Sampras. Here's some data to show just how formidable these two were: 1. Djokovic has won no fewer than NINE clay Masters. He beat Nadal in five of those, as well...
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    Prime Sampras got destroyed by Krajicek at Wimbledon yet beats Federer?

    I would say that players like Pat Cash, Tim Henman and Tim Mayotte more closely fit the definition of grass court specialists, though Cash and even Henman did have some success on hardcourts. Do you see the difference between them and Ivanisevic? For the record, I'm not claiming that Roddick is...
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    Prime Sampras got destroyed by Krajicek at Wimbledon yet beats Federer?

    Here's why I "love to dismiss" Ivanisevic: I. He won Wimbledon 01 and just two Masters, both indoors and well-suited to assisting a big server. Roddick won five Masters. 2. At the US, he advanced past the 3rd round just three times in 13 tries, two 4ths and one SF. Not very impressive, but...
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    i will say this : today 's RG contender depth is worst in open era tennis history

    If there is actually a smaller number of clay court "specialists" (meaning players who achieve their best results, by far, on clay), the best reason may be that there are fewer clay court tournaments on the calendar than there once were. I don't have the figures at the moment, but the decline...
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    Federer Fans - What would you most like to see him do before his career is over?

    1. Win either of the US or the Olympics, although either achievement is almost certainly out of reach. 2. Leave the tour before becoming a journeyman, unlike Jimmy Connors who hung around a few years too many. His fans don't need to see him getting his butt regularly kicked by players who would...
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    The most sudden decline ever?

    I'm not certain of this, but I believe marital problems became a big distraction, resulting in him skipping Wimbledons 86 and 87, among other things.
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    The most sudden decline ever?

    Chang should be mentioned, even though he's not the top example. In 1996, he was world #2. In 1997, #3. In 98, #29. After 1997, he never again passed the 3rd round of a major (and he reached the 3rd only twice in 21 tries). I'm not aware of any injury issues that may have caused his...
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    Your expectations and wishes for the rest of 2020?

    I'm hoping for and expecting a Nadal victory at the French. There will then be an extra level of interest at the following majors, with Nadal and Federer tied at twenty apiece. If Nadal somehow fails to win the French this year, I'd like to see Djokovic take it, so that it becomes an even...
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    Prime Sampras got destroyed by Krajicek at Wimbledon yet beats Federer?

    I got my stats from the ATP site, and they've proven to be incorrect, as I discovered a little earlier when another poster said that Sampras had a break point in the match's opening game.
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    I thought Hewitt would dominate tennis after the 2002 Wimbledon

    Federer won Miami, but Hewitt won the next three matches: Paris 02, Masters Cup 02, and Davis Cup 03, to stretch his record against Federer to 7-2. Federer didn't figure Hewitt out until 2004, after he abandoned serving and volleying. Hewitt dominated S&Vers, going a combined 15-3 against...
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    Prime Sampras got destroyed by Krajicek at Wimbledon yet beats Federer?

    Right you are. I just had a look at the first game on YouTube, and there was indeed a break point. The ATP site f---ed up again.
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    Prime Sampras got destroyed by Krajicek at Wimbledon yet beats Federer?

    Sampras WAS destroyed: Krajicek won 57% of the points to Sampras's 43%. The score actually flattered Sampras. And where did you get your information about Sampras leading in almost every category? About the only thing he did better than Krajicek was saving break points (3 of 5). Krajicek...
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    Some interesting facts and trivia

    1. The last two times Nadal and Kyrgios have met in majors, the scores have been identical, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, for Nadal, at Wimbledon 19 and Australian 20. 2. Federer's record vs Top 10s over the previous three years: 2017---14-2, 2018---4-6, 2019---7-7. The 18-19 results, along with his...
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    2019 Season Predictions?

    Fun fact: If, somehow, Djokovic wins three majors in 2019, it will mean that each of the Big 3 will have won 17 majors by his age 32 season (Yes, I know that Federer won his 17th in 2012, his age 31 season, but at 32 he was still at 17).
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    What do you believe will be the final outcome...

    at this year's ATP Finals?
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    Who was the first player with two handed backhand in history???

    It was Connors, Borg and Evert who popularized it, and began a process that resulted in the decline in the use of the serve and volley style. It may not have been the only thing, but it was certainly the biggest.
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    What are some underrated tournament runs from players outside the Big Four?

    Kevin Anderson deserves a little credit for his US 17 and Wimbledon 18 finals mostly because of how improbable it is that he made it that far twice. For a player who has a combined record of 1-25 against Berdych, Tsonga and Cilic, it's almost miraculous that he did it once, let alone twice.
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    Jack Sock heading for the biggest challenge of his singles career

    Sock will be the owner of a 7-20 singles record this year when he sets out to defend his Paris title. If he does so successfully, it'll likely be one of the biggest surprises in the history of pro sports, let alone tennis.
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    Great performances before prime?

    Chang 1989 French shouldn't be overlooked especially since he never won anything significant on clay again.
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    What if Federer was born in 1987, Nadal in 1981, and Djokovic in 1986?

    For the record, Nadal had an 8-2 record vs Federer on outdoor hard courts prior to Fed's renaissance in 2017. If you want to focus only on Fed's peak years, it's 2-1, and, as you undoubtedly know, Nadal hadn't yet reached his own peak on anything other than clay.
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    Federer at Shanghai 2018

    Congratulations to the 14 who predicted Fed would be a semi-finalist.
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    Federer at Shanghai 2018

    All you have to do is change the "he" to a "she" and you've more or less described the fate of Canada's other tennis "sensation" of the 2010s.
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