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    One amazing thing about Nadal

    Two of the most amazing of the many amazing things about Nadal are: 1. He has never been beaten, despite having had a long career plagued by injury and unfairness (for example, the tour continually sets conditions that harm him by for example only having one of four Slams on clay, when in point...
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    When did Federer officially become old?

    The wig thing is a stupid excuse, but I do agree that his level of play was high in 1990. On the other hand, his level of play was not very high in 1991. Probably lower than in 2003, and certainly lower than in 1999. And that was my point in the previous post. His best years were discontinuous...
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    When did Federer officially become old?

    I think the argument is that, while Agassi's potential ability might well have been higher in, say, 1990 than in, say, 2003, he was much closer to his potential in most of the later years of his career, so his actual ability was higher in the later years. (I'm adapting the terms "potential...
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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    Thanks, I hadn't noticed them. Anyway, I am right: while there was one teen Slam finalist in the 1990s and one since the start of 2000, the one in the 1990s was Sampras at the US Open 1990. So, since the start of 1991, there has been one teen Slam finalist (Nadal at RG 2005), whereas there had...
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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    I believe that of the 15 teenage Slam finalists in the open era, only one of them (Nadal at RG 2005) has been since the start of 1991, and I believe that all of the other 14 were in between around 1974 and the end of 1990. Perhaps there was one in the 1968-73 period - I'll have to check.
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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    Thank you. When I get time, I'll try to do a decade by decade breakdown. I think it'd be interesting to show how teenagers got phased out after about 1990, having done very well indeed in between 1975 and 1990.
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    AO results tend to not be reflective of the winner’s season

    Wimbledon being in the middle of the year makes it more likely the Wimbledon winner will be on form for other events than the Australian Open winner, who has time to cool off before other big events. What about US Open champs and year-end rankings?
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    Fed Fans - If you could swap the results of Fedovic RG 2011 and USO 2011, would you?

    Okay, fair enough. But it is surely a smaller difference than that between Nadal winning one more Slam and Nadal not winning one more Slam. Had the two semis changed but Nadal still beat Djokovic in Paris and Nadal also beat Federer in New York, and had nothing else changed in tennis history...
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    Fed Fans - If you could swap the results of Fedovic RG 2011 and USO 2011, would you?

    Neither Djokovic v Nadal in Paris nor Federer v Nadal in New York has a guaranteed outcome, of course. But the only risk is the changed US Open semi. Nadal won the RG final, so him beating Djokovic rather than Federer in the final doesn't change much.
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    Hypothetical career?

    I'm not denying he had the change of winning two Slams. I am saying that picking any particular two is a long shot for any player outside the big three. Especially two Roland Garroses, one of which is one of Nadal's best. I honestly think there's a case for 2012 as Nadal's third best at RG...
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    Hypothetical career?

    Soderling to win both RG2012 and RG2013 is a bold call. I'd have loved it to have happened, but it's a bold call. Nadal at RG2012 was pretty formidable. RG2013 is more likely but even then I wouldn't have put him as favorite.
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    Is Medvedev Really That Good?

    To my mind, Gasquet is not only more appealing in tennis terms than Shapovalov but obviously so. I think Shapovalov rather overrated. FAA from what I could tell is a rather defensive player - but, as I said, I've only seen him play once. It could be I will appreciate his style more. Medvedev and...
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    Is Medvedev Really That Good?

    Not sure how you'd prefer watching Shapo to Khachanov or Medvedev but to each their own. ;) N.B. I have only seen Felix Auger-Aliassime play once, but I wouldn't think his style is very "exciting," either. Isn't it really that he, Shapo, and Tsitsipas can all for various non-tennis related...
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    Is Medvedev Really That Good?

    Rather Khachanov and Medvedev than Shapo. Although Tsitsipas is also my pick of the bunch. And De Minaur my last pick.
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    Odds that Djokovic passes Nadal?

    Although, that said, number of Slams won while aged 31: Djokovic 3, Federer 0, Agassi 0, (Nadal 2, nobody else since 1972 has got more than 1).
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    Odds that Djokovic passes Nadal?

    20-18-18 is impossible until next year.
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    Odds that Djokovic passes Nadal?

    This makes no sense. If Nadal wins RG2019, he will lead Djokovic 18-15 in Slam titles. Djokovic will be one Slam past his 32nd birthday. Nobody since Rosewall has won four Slams after playing a Slam since turning 32 - even Federer only got three. And even four Slams might not suffice for...
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    Moral Victory: Nadal

    Bull is always the moral victor. ALWAYS. That makes this story unnecessary.
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    Age distribution of all Open Era major finalists

    @falstaff78 Any chance you could update the OP through AO2019? Just to make it quicker, here's what you need to add: three to the 32 column (Nadal at RG 2018, Anderson at WI 2018, Nadal at AO 2019) three to the 31 column (Djokovic at WI 2018, UO 2018, AO 2019) one to the 29 column (Del Potro...
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    Kuerten vs. Federer on Clay?

    Wilander's record at Roland Garros is much better than Kuerten's, as Wilander also made two finals and one semi. Disagree on the overall assessment of both, too, but that's another matter.
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    At 32, both Fedal achieved their 17th...

    In age-related Slam terms, the case for Federer looks good because Djokovic is behind where Federer was at the same age, Nadal is tied, and Federer won three Slams after turning 35. However, Federer won no Slams between 31 and 34 inclusive. For Djokovic and Nadal to make hay, their best chance...
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    At 32, both Fedal achieved their 17th...

    He's got a good chance of a great year. But you're getting way ahead of yourself in this post. He looked in just as good shape in 2012 and 2013, and didn't win another Slam in either year, and 2016, when he only won one further Slam. There's definitely a very good chance that he'll win two Slams...
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    Kuerten vs. Federer on Clay?

    I am on board with the Kuerten > Federer answer to the question this thread asks. But Kuerten > Wilander? Yikes!
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    How many Majors will Nole end up with when all is said and done?

    No man can win more than five Slams after he turns 27. Not in the Open Era. This is a fact.
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    Psychological effects of losing a slam final

    They all have moral muncheusens by proxy
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    Psychological effects of losing a slam final

    Is Venus Williams the only woman? No, Clijsters too. What about Cawley?
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    The Olympic Gold or the YEC, Which is more valuable?

    I mean, it can happen in any soccer league in the world. And in American team sports, I think.
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    The Olympic Gold or the YEC, Which is more valuable?

    No doubt. Although probably less big than not having won any major at all - partly because the ranking system isn’t perfect.
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