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

    Many around here seem to be harbouring the myth that Safin played well in only 2 tournaments. - USO 2000 and AO 2005. That's utter and complete bollocks Short version : Apart from the 2 slams, guy made 2 more slam finals, played well at YEC 2004, won 5 masters titles, made semis of all slams...
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    2005 a considerably better year than 2015 in men's tennis

    2005 vs 2015 2005 AO vs 2015 AO : Safin, Federer, Agassi,Hewitt, Nalbandian, Roddick>> Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Berdych 2005 FO vs 2015 FO : Nadal, Federer, Puerta, Davydenko, Coria ,Canas, Robredo, Ferrer, Gaudio > Wawrinka, Djokovic, Murray, Tsonga, Federer,Nadal, Nishi 2005 Wim vs 2015...
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    2004 a significantly better year than 2014 in men's tennis

    2004 vs 2014 2004 AO vs 2014 AO : Safin, Federer, Agassi,Hewitt, Nalbandian, Roddick,Ferrero b/w > and >> Wawrinka, Djokovic, Nadal, Berdych, Federer 2004 Fed > 2014 Wawrinka 2004 Agassi ~ 2014 Djokovic 2004 Safin > 2014 Nadal 2004 Nalby > 2014 Fed 2004 Roddick > 2014 Berdych no equivalents...
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    Tsitsipas beats peak Nadal !

    Nadal won 35 sets in a row in slams. Of course he's at his peak. Great effort from Tsitsipas to take 3 sets in a row from him after that. What it tells us?
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    Federer has broken Murray in every set in grand slam matches except AO 2013 SF

    USO 2008 final: 6-2,7-5,6-2 AO 2010 final: 6-3,6-4,7-6(11) (They broke each other once in the 3rd set) Wim 12 final: 4-6,7-5,6-3,6-4 (Fed did break Murray in the 1st set with Murray serving at 2-1) AO 14 QF: 6-3,6-4,6-7(6),6-3 (They broke each other once in the 3rd set) Wim 15 SF: 7-5,7-5,6-4...
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    Federer Nalbandian AO 2004 Quarterfinal

    A lot of the hitting and shotmaking in this match was incredible. Two of the finest ballstrikers of this century going at it hammer and tongs. IMO, an under-appreciated match. Enjoy the highlights!
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    Federer vs Fognini Wimbledon 2012 highlights - very entertaining

    A really good highlight reel match b/w Fed & Fognini. Some amazing shots and rallies. Fog is a really talented ballstriker, Held by his lack of good serve&mentality Really glad he got that Masters win in Monte Carlo in 2019 (including beating Nadal) Fed of course showing why he is Santoro...
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    Federer > Djokovic > Nadal - average # of top 10 opponents faced in slams in which they made final

    vs top 10 opponents: Federer = 67 matches in 31 slams where he made final = 2.16 Djokovic = 57 matches in 27 slams where he made final= 2.11 Nadal = 53 matches in 28 slams where he made final = 1.89
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    Federer's Year ending championship wins and rating them

    Here's a look at Federer's winning year ending championships. 2003 : RR: a thriller vs agassi playing well in the RR. a roller coaster match. Fed saves 2 MPs in the 3rd set and clinches it. dominated both ferrero and nalby (neither of them played that well). But still Nalby one of his toughest...
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    Prime level fed beats prime Djokovic at RG 2011 (only prime to prime level match there) and snaps streak

    Prime level fed beats prime Djokovic at RG 2011 in 4 sets and snaps his 41 match winning streak. This is their only prime to prime level match at RG. Enjoy!
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    Prime Fed vs Djokovic at the USO : 1 set lost in 3 matches (including prime level djoko in USO 08)

    Prime fed beat Djoko in 07 in straight sets Prime fed beat prime level djoko in 08 in 4 sets Prime fed beat Djoko in 09 in straight sets So only 1 set lost in 3 matches - including 1 where Djoko was prime level (USO 08) and having a pretty good year Enjoy!
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    2012 Fed (8th best Wimbledon) beats peak Djokovic convincingly at Wimbledon 2012

    This is Fed's 8th best Wimbledon (after 2003-09). Yet he convincingly beat peak Djokovic in 4 sets at Wim 12. Enjoy!
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    Federer > Djokovic prime to prime at slams except on plexi AO

    Prime to prime: 1. Federer obviously better at Wimbledon. Won 5 in a row and 6 out of 7 Wimbledons, only losing 7th final in 5 sets. Best 5 years (2003-07) has better service AND return stats than Djokovic in his best 5 year stretch (11-15) or even best 5 years(11-12,14-15,18) Federer from...
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    A rarely talked about performance/match: Federer vs Ferrero AO 2004 semi

    The ballstriking and rallies in the match are pretty good. Ferrero had won Madrid on indoor HC in 2003, made the final of USO in 2003 (beating Hewitt and Agassi back to back). He was becoming a potent HCer. In this match, Ferrero played pretty well in the 1st and 3rd sets, only dip was in the...
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    The Player Who Ended the Greatest Streak (5+ YEARS) in Tennis History - Le Sod aka Robin Soderling

    This was the match that ended Fed's 23 semi-final at grand slams streak (from 2004 RG to 2010 AO) For context, next highest is Djokovic's at 14 (from Wim 10 to USO 13) Federer played an excellent 1st set hitting 16 winners to 3 UEs (23 winners+errors forced to 3 UEs) with Le Sod playing some...
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    Federer > Djokovic > Nadal - average # of top 10 opponents faced in slams won

    Federer = 42 matches in 20 slams won = 2.1 Djokovic = 35 matches in 17 slams won = 2.059 Nadal = 37 matches in 20 slams won = 1.85 Edit: Thanks to @AnOctorokForDinner for the stat. I knew it was close like an year and half ago w/Djokovic. Hadn't realized gap w/ Nadal would widen so much.
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    Top 5 at each slam for the top 5 of the open era

    Rating the top 5 events at each slam for these guys (including combination of actual performance and peak/highest level possible) Federer: AO: 2007,2004/2005,2010,2009 RG: 2006,2007,2011,2005/2009 Wim: 2006,2005/2003,2004,2007 USO: 2006,2004,2005,2007,2008 Nadal: AO: 2009,2012, 2017...
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    Federer losses in slams at prime vs Djokovic losses in slams at prime - against non ATGs

    Federer (2004-2009) AO 2005 - to Safin USO 09 - to delpo (Kuerten was an ATG on clay and turned back the years, so excluding that) Djokovic (2011-2016) USO 12 - to Murray Wim 13 - to Murray AO 14 - to Stan USO 14 - to Nishikori RG 15 - to Stan Wim 16 - to Querrey USO 16 - to Stan 2 vs 7...
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    Another 2 best points ever !

    AO 2013 4R : Djokovic vs Stan 42:32 - Stan saves MP - of course ending with a BH DTL winner. The Matchpoint that ended it all. The best matchpoint (to end a match) that I've seen:
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    About that point in the 5th set of the AO 2017 final

    About that point in the 5th set of the AO 2017 final From a comment: RM3 years ago 13:24 - you could see when he hit that forehand up the line, his feet were telling him to go forward, to get to net, but the brain and years of being burned by running Rafa forehands up the line stuck in his...
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    Neo Federer | 5 Mad Minutes (2017-early 2018)

    Amazing compilation this of neo Federer - from 2017 to early 2018:
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    Playing at close/similar/better level in a slam lost compared to slam won in the same year

    Some are arguable. But oh well. Mac 80 - Wim 80 vs USO 80. Was playing at a similar level. Just that Borg was better at Wim than at USO and edged out at Wim. Edberg 91 : Wim 91 vs USO 91. was playing really well at Wim 91 as well. Lost in 4 sets to Stich in a match in which Edberg was not...
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    Djokovic stated data about average age of tennis watchers seriously wrong and misleading

    "This "61" age has become "accepted fact" as the average age for tennis fans. But it's been distorted and cherry-picked from the actual study by a number of people in tennis whose agenda it suits, and is seriously misleading. In ACTUAL fact, the study (in which basically all sports except MLS...
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    The curse at the USO on men's side after 2008

    After Federer won USO in 07-08 (actuallly 04-08), no one on the men's side has won USO on consecutive occasions : 2009 : Delpo 2010 : Nadal 2011 : Djokovic 2012 : Murray 2013 : Nadal 2014 : Cilic 2015 : Djokovic 2016 : Wawrinka 2017 : Nadal 2018 : Djokovic 2019 : Nadal 2020 : someone who hasn't...
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    Big men tennis - Safin vs Escude - Paris 2002 QF highlights - highly entertaining

    This is some fantastic tennis, power hitting, big serving, great returning, lobbing ! Don't think I've seen Safin hit those many lobs in a match.
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    Federer El Aynaoui Halle 2003 highlights

    Some highly entertaining tennis. Boy, was El Aynaoui talented !? Most talented player not to ever make the top 10 (highest ranking was 14 in March 2003) ?
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    Players whom Murray handled more easily than any of the big3

    Karlovic : Murray is 7-0 vs Karlovic breaking him clearly more often than any of the big 3. Maybe he met him at slightly weaker times & was forced to break him more due to his own serve being the most vulnerable among the big4. But still he handled Karlovic's serve very impressively. Djokovic is...
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    Cilic[6] vs Bautista Agut[22]

    R4 match b/w Cilic and Bautista Agut who has been in fine form off late.
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    The lineup at the World Tour finals 2018

    So who will be the 8 guys battling it out at the O2 arena in London this year ? Djokovic Federer Zverev Anderson are the guys already qualified and fit. Delpo is out Nadal is out of Paris. Not that likely that he plays the World Tour finals. Race : Cilic #7 Thiem #8 Nishikori #9 Isner #10...