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  1. metsman

    Was 2008 Djokovic prime on HC/at USO?

    Murray, Nishikori, etc. etc.
  2. metsman

    Was 2008 Djokovic prime on HC/at USO?

    Djokovic was much fitter than Roddick there who had struggled with injuries all summer. Unless Djokovic implodes I doubt he loses a 5th set.
  3. metsman

    Was 2008 Djokovic prime on HC/at USO?

    Was his level during 08 at some tournaments equal or better to many places in 12-14? Yes, but being prime is also about discipline and focus, and 08 wasn't there yet.
  4. metsman

    Demolishing the rubbish myth of Safin playing well in only 2 tournaments

    @abmk also mention how Safin schooled Ferrero twice at Barcelona
  5. metsman

    Djokovic has addressed all of his weaknesses throughout his career

    Pete was probably a bit better as a volleyer later in his career but that's about it. Serve was maybe slightly better too, but he had plenty of mammoth serving on the big stages from 93-97. 02 USO last 4 rounds may be the best I've ever seen Pete serve and volley individually, but since he was a...
  6. metsman

    Demolishing the rubbish myth of Safin playing well in only 2 tournaments

    i mean obviously he wasn't drunk IN the final lmao, but he definitely woke up with a hangover and likely even further drained of fluids and such... 01-02 Safin mugged pretty much every big slam match he played besides 01 Wimbledon probably lol.
  7. metsman

    Demolishing the rubbish myth of Safin playing well in only 2 tournaments

    gaudio and johansson were easily playing well enough to beat Zverev and co.
  8. metsman

    Demolishing the rubbish myth of Safin playing well in only 2 tournaments

    well he hated playing on grass and didn't have the discipline for clay to be consistent on it. But then again plastic hip titanium knee liver cirrhosis Safin decided to try at Wimbledon for once instead of retire and demolished peak Djokovic, Deliciano, and Stan so maybe it was all just in his head.
  9. metsman

    What is it that makes Rafa so GOATy on clay?

    him and Ralph could get a nice package discount hopefully.
  10. metsman

    What is it that makes Rafa so GOATy on clay?

    lol who the hell is stopping him at Wimby/USO after 2011? No one. He can win them as long as he shows up with motivation (which he'd have since the slam target won't be 14) and with modern medicine (and shoes, who ever heard of a modern player suffering an ankle injury) he probably won't have to...
  11. metsman

    What is it that makes Rafa so GOATy on clay?

    8-10 majors? These mugs today quake in their boots when Kyrgios or Raonic decides to show up and serve a decent game once every 285 days, can't imagine what Pete would do to them now armed with poly which lets him serve 65+% with an even deadlier and more consistent 2nd. They'd probably rent out...
  12. metsman

    2005 a considerably better year than 2015 in men's tennis

    Federer's shotmaking was maybe the best I've ever seen there but Safin's sheer overpowering play combined with the variety he also brought is probably more noteworthy (just because it's happened less frequently like you said).
  13. metsman

    2005 a considerably better year than 2015 in men's tennis

    True, Federer's serving wasn't as absurdly overpowering though. Also hewitt was playing pretty much his best the last two sets of 05 whereas he wasn't good in the third set of 04. Safin was not only playing the GOAT big boy tennis but he was also drop shotting Hewitt and passing him, hitting...
  14. metsman

    What is it that makes Rafa so GOATy on clay?

    don't forget the biggest Ned connoisseur of them all @vive le beau jeu !. We would all surely welcome his input on this matter.
  15. metsman

    2006 Nadal or 2011 Nadal - which version was better in the Wimbledon Final ?

    Fraud's biggest flaw. PETE never hit wannabe winners. There was no doubt.
  16. metsman

    Was Rafa favorite in any of the slams that he missed between 2009 and 2014?

    Probably would have had a fair shot at 2012 USO. Other ones I don't see it, draw at Wimby was brutal, and Nadal's form was gradually starting to slip in 09 after IW. 14 USO he probably would have continued to slip a bit physically and so it would have been tough for him to beat Cilic there. 13...
  17. metsman

    GOAT on each of the major surfaces

    AO - Safin RG - hypothetical peak Safin Wimby - peak hypothetical Safin USO - Safin.
  18. metsman

    Which generation was weaker, Djokodal's or Federer's?

    Ned's peak at every single major came when Joe still had the SARS/anthrax/bird flu problems and was hitting 15 DFs a set, so I don't see how they are the same generation. It's like saying Lendl and Mac were in the same generation because they are 1 year apart when their peaks never overlapped as...
  19. metsman

    2005 a considerably better year than 2015 in men's tennis

    Safin from mid 3rd set to the end literally played GOAT level tennis, don't even think Federer ever displayed that comprehensively dominant of a level over Hewitt. 70+% serving, 14 aces, 27 winners, 9 unforced I believe.
  20. metsman

    2004 a significantly better year than 2014 in men's tennis

    well compare Hewitt to say 2012 Djokovic, if you compare to 2014 then that's just making it a bloodbath in favor of 2004. You don't think 04 Fed could have taken 2012 Djoker to the bakery? In general Joe did serve better, but opportunities for a double break were certainly there in the third set...
  21. metsman

    2004 a significantly better year than 2014 in men's tennis

    yeah playing against brittle bones sr. and brittle bones jr.
  22. metsman

    2004 a significantly better year than 2014 in men's tennis

    No, Fed is over Joe (although maybe 04 Roddick could beat 14 Wimby) anyways. Roddick beats old, Hewitt at least on par with Cilic (being very generous, 04 Fed probably goes to town on Cilic), Ancic at least on par with Greg, Grosjean better than Raomug, but who cares.
  23. metsman

    2004 a significantly better year than 2014 in men's tennis

    Fed, Roddick, Hewitt, Ancic, Grosjean vs Joe, Fed, Cilic, Greg, Raomug? Not seeing how the latter is in any way better. Fed and Agassi take a steaming dump on anyone in 2014 USO.
  24. metsman

    2004 a significantly better year than 2014 in men's tennis

    lol how is Wimbledon tougher, Roddick is a better opponent than anyone in 14, Hewitt is on the same level at worst, and Fraud probably could have elevated Grosjean to Greg levels (he almost did let the third set slip for no reason) if he wanted to. (Technically one can argue RG was tougher for...
  25. metsman

    2006 Federer was the peak level of tennis until this point.

    Eh I think 06 Fed was striking the ball better throughout the tournament than 05, not just the last couple rounds. So I think it stands to reason that 06 Fed wouldn't be as vulnerable on that wing. It held up pretty well vs some heat from Blake vs looking kind of shoddy vs Kiefer for a set and a...
  26. metsman

    2005 a considerably better year than 2015 in men's tennis

    Fed won 7 majors in 07-09 and 11-13 vs 8 from Ned.
  27. metsman

    2005 a considerably better year than 2015 in men's tennis

    and 2006 considerably better than 2016. Seems pretty open shut. Comparing 07-09 to 11-13 would be more interesting.
  28. metsman

    The monomajor title curse

    *thalassemia major.
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