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    Did Becker have the potential to be on par with Borg?

    I don't think I can explain his astronomical decline in 1997, starting with the defeat against Moya. At least with Sampras, Edberg, Lendl, Agassi, Courier, we were able to observe their decline. But Becker, it was just too rapid. Yet, had Pete caught an injury in 1997 Wimbledon, Becker would...
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    Kyrgios 2-0 vs Medvedev, 2-0 vs Tsitsipas, 2-0 vs Djokovic, 4-3 vs Zverev

    You cannot mention this without mentioning their Wimbledon 2019 match.
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    Decent baseline exchange vs. serve/voley - what is your prefference?

    Old Fed and modern era players made the mistake of slowing down serve speed when attempting S&V, but without Rafter/Edberg huge kick. To be fair, Fed serrve declined a lot compared to even 2019. Sampras/Becker... and 2003 Fed hit fast/big serves to S&V.
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    Did Becker have the potential to be on par with Borg?

    Actually he reached Wimbledon final and USO SF, and also won WTF in 1995. In Wimbledon 1996, he just won Queens before that and was basically locked to reach the final (with and without hindsight), but injured his wrist in 2R and had to skip the USO Series. So it definitely did not come from...
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    Did Becker have the potential to be on par with Borg?

    Removing Edberg out of the scene then Becker would have won at least 5 Wimbledons.
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    Federer 2015 vs Djokovic 2021

    I would take a M.Zverev - Dimitrov - Raonic - Berdych - Cilic (most were finalists/multi-semifinalists/multi-quarterfinalists) Wimbledon draw over both draws in Wimbledon 2021.
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    Federer 2015 vs Djokovic 2021

    Yeah, there is no way a Djokovic that hits UFEs left and right can beat Federer.
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    Federer 2015 vs Djokovic 2021

    Forget 2015. I would take Federer's 2017 Wimbledon draw (M.Zverev - Dimitrov - Raonic - Berdych - Cilic) over both 2021 Wimbledon draws (top half and bottom half).
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    Thank you Danill Medvedev for saving tennis

    On grass, definitely. Dude managed to have a 80% win rate on grass between 2004 and 2008. On others, not sure.
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    Novak's loss at the USO

    Without the freak Isner-Anderson marathon giving Djokovic a daybreak, Nadal would have won. Nadal had superior stamina that day and would have outlasted Djokovic.
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    Thank you Danill Medvedev for saving tennis

    Scud at his best could hold his BH side much better than Berretini, and unlike Berretini and the NextGen, he could actually volley. All he needed was something like Raonic 2016, or Djokovic/Berretini 2021 Wimbledon draws (the same also applies to Scud) The point about Scud and Ancic is that...
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    Thank you Danill Medvedev for saving tennis

    Oh, and 2009/2010 Soderling was infinitely better than Sysyphus earlier this year.
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    Thank you Danill Medvedev for saving tennis

    Even the likes of Phillippoussis or Ancic would have won Wimbledon in this era. 2015 Federer would have smoked both Wimbledon and US Open 2021.
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    There's you blueprint servebots

    I also see Shapovalov doing this at times. The problem is that, he hits DFs more often than not. Another recent proponent of this was Mark Phillippoussis during his Wimbledon 2003 run.
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    An Ode to Stan Wawrinka

    There is only Thiem, who of course lacks Stan's mental strength. He could have bulked up to increase physical strength. But his greatest failure is trying to copy Federer serve and failing instead of developing his own service motion - you simply can't be "mentally strong" with Grigor's...
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    Zverev era has come.

    I talked in terms of birth year.
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    An Ode to Stan Wawrinka

    I remember that I did hope Dimitrov could be such a player after the Wimbledon 2014 SF match. But he just never went anywhere.
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    Yet another proof that the NextGen is hot garbage

    None of the NextGeners have a netgame that is as good as Djokovic of all people. Meanwhile, during 2008-2016, Djokovic was bang average when it comes to netgame. It is not surprising that they got mauled by Nole. They are already unable to beat Nole from the baseline in a BO5. They could adopt...
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    6 feet 6 inches with athleticism/power and all you need is a net game . But you choose to be Nadal

    The problem is that these guys' net game stinks. Imagine Zverev having his brother's volleys.
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    James Blake: Big 3 are SAME GENERATION.

    Well, nobody considers Lendl and Connors as being in the same generation. Becker was also not considered in the same generation with Sampras despite being only 4 years older and remaining his major rival well in the mid-1990s.
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    Zverev era has come.

    Zverev has missed the train to become an ATG. All ATGs won their first Slam before turning 25.
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    Is Berrettini a dying man's version of Courier?

    Frankly, Courier's decline was overstated. It's just Sampras directly prevented him from winning more. Removing Sampras and Courier could have won 1-3 extra Slams after 1993, most likely the 1994 AO. He also played well in AO and USO 1995. He was only truly finished after FO 1996.
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    Shapovalov needs to learn from Leylah Fernandez

    IMO I won't count him out at Wimbledon yet. As for IQ/tactics, well, there are some tips that can help. First, being more observant and spending more efforts watching his opponents' moves will help him improve a long way. For example, in the 1st set set point in the Wimbledon 2021, he could...
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    U.S Open - Round of 16: Harris vs Opelka

    Harris really has AO20 Karatsev-vibe in this tourney.
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Just have a look at the earnings of Premier League footballers (even those in average clubs) and tennis players. I mean, having a weekly salary of £50-70,000 (which is far far from top level salary in PL) will allow you to earn as much as Shapo's total career prize money in just 2-3 years. And...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Every football fan and their mother will laught at this statement.
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    Tsitsipas : Alcaraz is huge

    Sure, but that Wawa was the shadow of his prime.
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    Tsitsipas : Alcaraz is huge

    This is correct. The last time there was someone hit that hard (prime Wawrinka, DelPo, Soderling), Tsitsipas was still a junior.
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