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    Players taller than 192 cm: how they fared in slam final(e)s.

    Another height post, a very underrated factor still. First read this post... https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/why-are-the-big3-still-dominant-the-height-is-probably-the-decisive-factor.690861/ Medevebear's complete and utter failure may be surprising (embarrassing score line...
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    Would Medvebear be the 1st slam champ without a 5-set win to his name?

    Providing he doesn't beat Novak in 5 sets... I don't have the data, but I can't come up with any player who's won his debut slam without having at least one 5-set win. Anyone know any such cases? CORRECTION: It turns out the posters who (as of very recently) claimed that Medvebear has no...
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    Three easily fixable flaws of every (recent) Australian Open...

    1. Finales should never be night sessions. It broke against tradition when they introduced them (as if indoor slamming wasn't extreme enough). Besides, it favours the less fit player. Winning slams shouldn't be made easier on the players, it should remain as tough as it used to be. (Not saying...
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    Medvebear must win the semifinale vs Citybus. Otherwise the finale will be...

    ... A boring 3-0 destruction. A Djokovic-Bear finale would be relatively open. Anything's possible. A Djokovic-Citybus finale would 100% result in a Djokovic win, a 4-setter at best. Citybus would have no real chance in his 1st slam finale vs AO GOAT. Do you prefer the 2019 or the 2020...
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    Why are the Big3 still dominant? The HEIGHT is probably the decisive factor.

    I am discussing the Open Era only. More specifically, 1970 onwards. Let's face it. 185-188 cm is pretty much the ideal height range to be a dominator. Or at least a multi-slam champ. Or even "just" a one-slam champ. If you're too short you may be very quick but you lack punch on the serve...
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    Nadal will 100% NOT win this AO, or any other.

    I've known this for years. He won in 2009 BARELY... That was miraculous enough. He spent all his AO luck that year. Since already 2013-2014 I started suspecting that Rafa was cursed at this event. This was confirmed in 2014 (bad luck), then completely 100% "re-confirmed" i.e. cemented as fact...
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    If men's slams were to be played BEST-OF-3 then they wouldn't be slams anymore...

    ... In fact they'd be a lot like M1000s... ... but easier to win than M1000s because you get a day's rest after each match, a privilege that is rare at M1000s. One or two matches more at slams would NOT make them significantly tougher (to offset the day's rest advantage), especially since the...
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    Thiem - Rublev. A disappointing match due to RR system flaws.

    We've got Thiem essentially tanking a match, because: 1. He is through to the semis. 2. Rublev can't go through. 3. Wants to save energy. This is what makes WTF an overrated event. One of the reasons. It's unacceptable. This could have been, should have been, a good match. Instead, it's...
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    London's absurd schedules. The doubles are getting in the way. Scrap the doubles?

    Almost half the singles matches are starting late due to doubles matches that ALWAYS have at least one tie-break and nearly always go into that silly mini-3rd set. I'm getting tired of it. I am sure the singles players are too. One would think that having JUST TWO bestof3 singles matches per...
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    Fake crowd noise. How cringey is it?

    I am amazed that they actually went through with this ridiculous idea. It's very embarrassing, as fake things tend to be. Can we have some fake heckling as well? Fake drunken fans laughing randomly between points? Fake sobbing for the loser after match point? Babies screaming during serve...
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    The "I Used To Dislike You But The More You Opened Your Mouth The More I Liked You" Poll

    We had the positive to negative shift poll. Let's try the opposite. Only the current/recent era is included in the poll, but you can mention any other-era player, male or female. The choices I made for the poll are semi-random, considering that there are only 10 poll options which isn't nearly...
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    Albot's name is very ironic.

    He is one of the shortest players on tour, and yet he is a BOT. Al the Bot. He is anything but a servebot though. He works hard for his points. He gets nothing for free. Wikipedia says he is 175 cm. I very much doubt it.
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    Safin called Medvedev "half-crazy" earlier this year after a Medvedev vs Schwartzman duel.

    I couldn't find a thread on this topic, so here it is. Apparently, the Schwartz and the Bear had a bit of an altercation earlier this year. Add to that the pressure Schwarz must have felt due to WTF qualifying, and his weak performance may be explained. Though I wonder which was more relevant...
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    Future of tennis belongs to the Russian Armada. Who will be most successful?

    Khachanov - 24 - Russian Medvedev - 24 - Russian Zverev - 23 - Russian (plays for Germany) Rublev - 23 - Russian Tsistsipas - 22 - Half-Russian (plays for Greece) Shapovalov - 21 - Half-Russian (plays for Canada) We mustn't make the mistake of dismissing the existence of this armada just...
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    The Great Age Shift (GAS) is real. But there is more: the 70s-to-80s drop.

    (For those who don't know, I "invented" GAS. You can thank me (congratulate me) later... We have more important things to discuss here than my obvious genius.) Comparing randomly picked rankings with the current one. I chose 5-year gaps, coz that's sufficient to notice trends. No of top 50...
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    Rafa: "I was playing golf when I found out that Djokovic was DQed."

    https://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/it-bit-arrogant-him-rafael-nadal-goran-ivanisevic-s-comments-french-open-final?article-trending Talk about being the master at chess. Not only did he wisely pull out of USO in order to have more time to prepare for the ultra-brief "clay season" (and to play...
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    Any updates on Kyrgios?

    I can't be bothered to go to Twitterland, where he resides most of the time... So I ask you. Why is he not playing? Is it an injury? Multiple injuries? Does he not feel like playing? Did he state a reason/reasons why he's absent? Did he lie or say the truth (for once)? Has he gained weight...
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    Slam-win gap 2005 - 2020: Another record for Nadal?

    Nadal won his first slam in June 2005, the most recent one in October 2020 ----------- Gap of 15 years and 4 months. A record? Federer won his first slam in July 2003, most recent one in July 2019... No, wait, mistake. Start again... Federer won his first slam in July 2003, most recent one in...
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    Corona: Should we move certain slams to different locations?

    Where is it written that slams MUST always take place in the same cities/countries? It makes infinitely more sense to play an extra clay or HC slam instead of canceling Wimbledon. For example. We've had surface changes ANYWAY in the past, many times. If the next AO gets canceled, why can't...
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    All 5 players who were 0-3 or 0-4 in slam finales have this in common...

    Lendl 0-4 won his 1st in a 5-setter vs Mac (1984) --- came back from 0-2 Agassi 0-3 won his 1st in a 5-setter vs Ivanisevic (1992) Ivanisevic 0-3 won his 1st in a 5-setter vs Rafter (2001) Murray 0-4 won his 1st in a 5-setter vs Djokovic (2012) Thiem 0-3 won his 1st in a 5-setter vs The...
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    The Line-judge Slam: can Novak do it?

    I found this thread by accident. Pretty funny. If Novak hits at least one line judge at AO and at W (and maybe the "extra" FO as well in June) he might do what no other player had done before. Aside perhaps from McEnroe. The Golden Judge Slam. The question is though: because of the...
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    Nadal and Djokovic played 8 times at FO. An all-time record at the slams?

    Played each other 8 times, I meant... 2006 Rafa in 2 2007 Rafa in 3 2008 Rafa in 3 2012 Rafa in 4 2013 Rafa in 5 (notice a trend?) 2014 Rafa in 4 2015 Novak in 3 2020 Rafa in 3 7-1 Surely, this must be a record? The match-up with the most meetings at a specific slam? Let's stick to the Open...
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    Nadal and Djokovic played 8 times at FO. An all-time record at the slams?

    2006 Rafa in 2 2007 Rafa in 3 2008 Rafa in 3 2012 Rafa in 4 2013 Rafa in 5 (notice a trend?) 2014 Rafa in 4 2015 Novak in 3 2020 Rafa in 3 7-1 Surely, this must be a record? The match-up with the most meetings at a specific slam? Let's stick to the Open Era though... for obvious reasons...
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    Big 3: Nadal still best in slam finales.

    NADAL Overall: 20-8 --- 71 % Last 10: 7-3 --- 70 % H2H: 11-7 --- 61 % FEDERER Overall: 20-11 --- 65 % Last 10: 5-5 --- 50 % H2H: 4-10 --- 29 % DJOKOVIC Overall: 17-10 --- 63 %...
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    How Nadal's decision NOT to play USO turned out to benefit him in more ways than one...

    If Nadal had chosen to play USO most likely he wouldn't have won it. And he wouldn't have had the time he enjoyed preparing for clay (despite which he still lost early in Rome, proving he needed lots of time to warm up). Additionally, had Nadal played USO, Novak would not have been...
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    Nadal: first man ever to win a slam in October?

    Not saying. Asking. OctoberGOAT.
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    In the year 2020... 20=20... Or not?

    After Corona announced the Armageddon in March, in October we got the true Armageddon - the Fedrageddon!!! What does the 20=20 in the year 2020 mean in terms of the Big 3 race?
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    Wozniacki is the first Polish player to win a singles slam, not Swiatek.

    Just wanted to make that clear. EDIT: Since so many are confused by this easy-to-understand post, reading all sorts of things in it that I never stated, let me make it clear that I consider Wozz Polish AND Danish. In the age of DIVERSITY, you CAN be several things. (Before this era you could...
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    The exhibition event in Belgrade that started in mid-June: canceled or still going?

    I can't find any reliable information, certainly no official information, on whether the 6-week exhibition event Eastern European Championship in Belgrade (organized by Tipsarevic) is still going to be played or not. Yesterday on Friday, all the matches were scraped. I've heard that the reason...
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    Basic Logic 101: Why people who claim this is a very weak era are wrong.

    It's simple. Bear with me... Fedfans can't cope with Novak and Rafa chasing down and breaking most of RF's most crucial records. They try to downplay their achievements. (Because... only purrty BHs count.) So they decide to label NextGen as useless, LostGen as terrible. That is their way of...
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