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    How come Edberg has such a high unreturned serve percentage?

    As the forum's resident compiler of this particular stat I can say the premise is wrong. I'm guessing it was arrived at from browsing recent match threads that show Edberg's # as high as 46%, but that was a fairly rare achievement for him. But then such a % was rare for all but the biggest...
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    What could Haas have achieved if he was more healthy during the prime of his career?

    Precisely. He's one of those relatively well-rounded guys - Corretja, Henman, Ferrer, the list goes on - who are good enough to stay in the top 10 for long but would be hard-pressed to clear seven rounds of a major in any era. Maybe they get lucky with a ToJo-esque draw, but several stars would...
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    Diego Maradona dies aged 60

    It's actually something of a miracle that he lasted as long as he did. I'm not a big football/soccer fan and can't say I held the man himself in high esteem (I'll refrain from quoting this old Argie friend who had rather choice words to describe the football legend's intelligence), but millions...
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    Higher USO peak?

    Depends on what you mean by "best." The greatest is without question his gut-sy (the hyphen is intentional, haha) W over Corretja, who played the match of his career but still came up short. The storied 5th-set TB remains a must-see for all serious fans: The most impressive could be any of...
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    4th year in a row WTF won by player who hasn't won a slam

    Frankly it's not an entirely unfair point. The YEC definitely isn't what it used to be. But that doesn't change the fact that the OP's boy toy trails most other GOATs when it comes to surface versatility. He ain't no Borg, that's for sure. One more thing: We get it, your own boy toy also got...
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    Djokovic asking to be allowed back in the players council

    Both Novak and Pop have been very insistent that there need be no conflict between the ATP and the PTPA. That so many of you jokers thought this "news" was the beginning of the latter's end proves at least two things: 1) You fanboys/girls had your mind made up even before the acronym became a...
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    Fognini new coah : Alberto Mancini

    One of the original spinmeisters. Had a very fruitful relationship with Coria, too. But... isn't Fog like 45 already?
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    Higher USO peak?

    Take it from this Djokofan: Fed wins this matchup pretty handily. Like I said in an earlier thread I honest can't think of a single USO match where I felt Novak could've beaten anyone in history. The defensive masterclass vs. Delpo may deserve an honorary mention, but on HC great O beats great D...
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    Has Nadal surpassed Lendl already?

    LOL, Nadal's my "hero" now. I'm sure other longtime regulars here who are well aware of my Becker and Sampras fandom would be interested to hear that. And your grasping at straws gets more pathetic with each reality-challenged rant. FYI Lendl has been retired for well over two decades, which...
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    Has Nadal surpassed Lendl already?

    Is this your idea of a joke or are you having trouble with memory already? Your darling "superb sportsman" was well known for his own "stalling tactics" in his day, indeed to the extent that he's sometimes credited for the introduction of time limits in between points. And why am I getting this...
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    Nadal and indoor tournaments

    I won't pretend to have seen that Martin match or for that matter much of him on clay, but take a gander at this (YT page): 2 SPs on Pete's serve in the 3rd. Maybe Todd had one of those days when he punched well above his weight? Also I was still following non-Slam action pretty closely in...
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    Nadal is weak on indoor hard court and Sampras is weak on clay

    Pete actually won 60.8% and 60.1% of his games on red clay in '93 and '94 sans the WTC (the Laver Cup of the '90s), which are in fact quite comparable to Fed's own career highs of 60.8% in '05 and 59.8% in '03 and '04 (sans DC for '04 and '05). Actually forget the Fed comparison, those two...
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    BEST TEENAGE PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

    You jokers are wrong as always. No teen dead or alive played better than this one: In fact forget vs. fellow teens. No player in history would've beaten Pistol at this USO, and yes I'm including his more mature versions. Not necessarily 'cause '90 Pete reached the highest peak ever (though...
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    Nadal is weak on indoor hard court and Sampras is weak on clay

    Our resident (Fed-)village clown has a point for once. Here's the full comparison: All that said... it's undeniable that the YEC no longer boasts the same cachet it once did. So Rafa's weakness does look somewhat less obtrusive if you insist on partisan d!ck measuring, but should any player's...
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    Top 10 Best ATP Finals Matches

    This is the indisputable #1, kids: Went back and forth between the Med-Rafa SF and these extended highlights (posted less than a week ago), which really was like night and day. Seriously if you think Pete and Boris wouldn't more than hold their own against anyone today you have absolutely no...
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    Marriage quotes and quips

    Was gonna use this link as a starting point to expand on the Austen chestnut but skimming what apparently passes for wit and wisdom around here made me think twice. (I'll just say it's not to be taken at face value.) And of course the Tolstoy aphorism is another oft-bastardized one, if only...
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    The movies with the greatest one liners

    The single best line? "Our marriage is only superficially superficial," uttered by Charles Boyer's Monsieur de (in his first role in his native French since WWII) in Max Ophüls' 1953 masterpiece Madame de... (The Earrings of Madame de . . . ) - a romance par excellence despite its slight source...
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    Americans of TTW, how popular is Roger Federer in USA compared to

    OP, if you're serious about this question ignore everything that's been said in this thread. Pretty much everyone here is talking out of their ass, or at least making the all-too-frequent mistake of projecting their own experience onto the world. Also most popular doesn't necessarily equal most...
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    RIP Alex Trebek

    Jeopardy! will never be the same again. And no, that's not an opinion. That's a fact verified by the Big 3: And while Ken may still be the king it's James who dug up the best goodie this time: He will be missed by millions. May the man rest in peace.
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    Favourite movie from each decade?

    More anime faves, again quoted from said convo (though earlier on 12/5/19): I'm still not ready to name Howl's Moving Castle one of my absolute faves from the aughts along with A.I. and The Saddest Music in the World, but now I'm thinking it deserves an honorary mention at least: So does...
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    Favourite movie from each decade?

    Been meaning to share my thoughts on Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies ever since I saw some of you praise it to the skies in the "saddest/most depressing movies" thread, but since it's also been mentioned here and I owe an overdue reply I suppose I'll make the switch myself. You probably...
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    What was the best tennis season?

    This is the best YEC final ever, kids: As to the Q: Off the top of my head I can't think of a more competitive season in the last 30 years. The big surprise here was Chang, who not only cracked the all-important 60% in GW on clay - it does speak well of Muster's run that he was still able...
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    FED: “I’m not retiring anytime soon... more left in me”

    Obviously it's too early to tell but assuming his bod holds up, I'm guessing he's got one more Wimby in him. His nemesis Rafa's (likely) continued dominance at RG and Novak knocking on the GS door will motivate him that much more. And this might sound counterintuitive but I also wouldn't be...
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    PETE could’ve won Wimbledon 8 times in a row

    Nah, I don't see anyone beating '96 Krajicek or '01 Ivanisevic at SW19. To call it fate would border on meaningless mumbo jumbo, but that's what it does feel like in hindsight. With Richard's typically weaker BH return catching fire (and his health intact for a long stretch for once) and Goran...
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    Wanted to share this earlier but better late than never. These horror classics are still available on the TCM app (most of 'em are must-sees at any time of the year!), with the last dates to stream in parentheses: Cat People (11/1) The Haunting (1963, 11/1) House on Haunted Hill (11/1) Eyes...
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    Are the Big 3 the most well known people from their countries?

    Popular culture (fairly strictly speaking) absolutely trumps sports or politics when it comes to name recognition. I've told this story before but I still recall being gobsmacked when a former college roomie from Ghana told me many people in Africa don't know what POTUS or the pope even looks...
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    Are the Big 3 the most well known people from their countries?

    Nadal might be a bigger name than Banderas today and Penelope Cruz is probably as famous at this point, but yeah it's comical anyone would cite social media as a barometer of worldwide popularity. Users of Twitter, Instagram or even Facebook tilt heavily towards the youngest demographics, and...
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    Could any player from the last 20 years have challenged Nadal in the 2020 FO Final?

    If we're talking potential 5- or even 4-setters the likes of Coria, Gaudio, Davy and Delpo would also qualify, but this Q comes from VB and you know they're "asking" whether anyone in the last 20 years could've actually conquered their hero, hence my earlier nomination of Guga only. Rafa may be...
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    Could any player from the last 20 years have challenged Nadal in the 2020 FO Final?

    That Kuerten guy was pretty good. You know, the supposedly poor man's Thiem who as was his wont turned it around big time after that scare vs. Russell and went on to ruthlessly dispatch Ferrero and Corretja at '01 RG, back when top dirtballers knew how to play on clay rather than try to...
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    Djokovic vs Sampras

    10 years ago, no, but after '11 I knew it was a real possibility. Still hoping he edges out Fedal in the Slam race. P.S. Pistol was the real #1 in '99, or at least has as strong a case as, say, '60 (Big) Pancho. So it's quite arguable these two boast the most years as #1 in the pre/post-OE. Yet...
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