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    What's special about Ruud?

    He’s got absolutely zero net game, a weak return game, no backhand down the line, no drop shots etc. He basically stands 20 feet back and tries to hit heavy low risk topspin with his forehand. He ain’t no Federer.
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    What's special about Ruud?

    He’s a one dimensional topspin robot so he appeals to a lot of Nadal fans.
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    Roger Federer reflects on Novak Djokovic's 'exceptional year'

    You don’t think Fed has faced tremendous pressure before? I would argue the pressure he faced after Nadal went down at 2009 RG was more than what Novak faced at the US Open. Novak just had to beat a couple bums in Medvedev and Zverev. He should have been feeling great knowing the competition...
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    Federers backhand vs Rafa

    This is just idiotic. You’re comparing Jack Sock playing a 35 year old injured Nadal on hard court to Fed playing a 21 year Nadal at his peak at RG? There are no special tactics Federer can use to avoid having to hit above shoulder high backhands. The only solution is to go 100% aggressive and...
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    Federers backhand vs Rafa

    Becker and Lendl aren’t doing anything to combat Nadal on clay. Sometimes you just have to admit another individual is just better on another surface and has your number. The racquet change would have helped his backhand consistency but it also hurt his forehand big time. I’ve just accepted that...
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    Why was Federer incapable of beating Nadal at RG, unlike Djokovic?

    Nadal was at his peak athletically from 2005-2007 which was one of the primary reasons Fed struggled so much. Nadal’s defending was incredible during those years. Nadal improved certain aspects of his game after that but his movement was never better than during that time period.
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    Is there a stat in which Fed is better than Djoker on clay

    The only stat you need to know is that an ancient Federer took down an absolute peak Djokovic at the French in 4 sets. It’s the equivalent of someone taking down a peak 2006 Wimbledon Fed in 4 sets.
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    Federers backhand vs Rafa

    What the hell do you expect him to do about that tactic? He’s playing a best of 5 on slow high bouncing clay with a one hander against the best grinder of all time with the best lefty forehand of all time. He tried to change it up in 2008 with stupid net approaches and got butchered. Wawrinka...
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    Why was Federer incapable of beating Nadal at RG, unlike Djokovic?

    You’re an idiot. Nadal was in his athletic prime from 2005-2008. His speed and defensive abilities were off the charts. Nobody was a better defender than a young Nadal.
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    Stepanek is a much better play than Kyrgios

    Kyrgios despite an underachiever possesses a devastating weapon. Stepanek while a really good player has no serious weapon. Guys who possess serious weapons will always get more attention. Ferrer was a workhorse and a good player but you always knew he had zero shot to beat the top dogs in a...
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    Average height of top10

    Height is definitely an advantage when it comes to serving and ground strokes when the majority of the tour courts are high bouncing. In the past the really tall guys were usually terrible movers and movement is so important in tennis. Medvedev moves extremely well for a tall guy.
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    Players that use the buggy whip forehand the majority of the time?

    Fed’s been doing it a ton the last 5 years and it’s complete garbage compared to the explosive take back he used to have in 2004-2007. I miss the way he used to explode into everything on the forehand side. I think his forehand was at its absolute best in 2005.
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    Novak Djokovic and the battle for the unprecedented 7th year ending number one title

    Medvedev just made the supposed GOAT look like a club player in straight sets. A 2015 Fed put up a hell of a lot better fight against a prime Djokovic. Djokovic has been beating up on injured veterans and young underachievers for years.
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    In the final analysis, Federer actually came closer to the CYGS (TWICE)

    Federer would have won multiple CYGS if not for prime Nadal on clay. Djokovic had to vulture his wins playing a bunch of young bums with no experience. An 06 Federer would have beat the living **** out of Medvedev and Berretinni in the same day.
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    Will Fed or Rafa win another slam?

    He will be 36 next year. At some point Thiem and the younger players will just be too much for him physically. Nadal is already looking old as hell.
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    Who wins the USO Final if Djokovic and Med’s draws were reversed?

    Medvedev beat the hell out of Novak today and would have done so regardless of the draw. Novak was dropping sets to bums all tournament.
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    Where will Novak win #21?

    Medvedev and Zverev are in their peak physical prime right now. Djokovic has been scraping by Tsitsipas, Zverev and Thiem by the skin of his teeth these past couple years. I think next year Novak declines further and the younger guys become too much. 35 years old is ancient for a tennis player...
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    Where will Novak win #21?

    I think you would have to favour Medvedev now. He just beat the hell out of Djokovic despite the hard court conditions being slightly different. Thiem also was razor close to beating him a couple years back. Djokovic‘s level is only going to decline more as he’s almost 35 years old. Wimbledon is...
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    The bad thing for Fed fans is that

    If Thiem can get back too 100% I would favour him heavily over Djokovic at the French and at least 50/50 vs an old 36 year old injured Nadal. Thiem is better than Tsitsipas on clay when playing at his best. Nadal might look like washed up garbage next year with his age and injuries.
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    Nadal still has a great shot at the GS record.

    Nadal is only relevant at the French at this point assuming he gets back to full health. Other than next years French his chances of winning anything else are slim to none. Federer is done at this point. It will be interesting to see where Djokovic goes from here. I enjoyed seeing him take a...
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    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Congrats to Medvedev. About time someone fed that pusher a taste of his own medicine.
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    An Ode to Stan Wawrinka

    I would pay good money to see Wawrinka blast Djokovic off the court again and then flip off Srdjan. Wawrinka has the killer instinct that a spineless weasel like Zverev lacks. Djokovic was always terrified of Stan and always reverted to pushing like a coward.
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    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    One thing for sure is we’re going to see a lot of pushing today. I see a lot of 20-30 shot rallys with both being terrified to pull the trigger and be aggressive.
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    Who has better stamina & fitness? Younger players or older players?

    Stamina might be better but explosiveness, recovery and speed are definitely superior in your 20's. Nadal and Federer don't move anywhere near what they did 15 years ago.
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Nobody will be talking about how great they are because the new expected standard is 20 slams. Anything less is subpar.
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    I would enjoy a young Federer or Nalbandian. Medvedev is not an entertaining player. He’s a lanky defensive pusher. You should be jailed for comparing him to a prime Federer.
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    The sport needs another unique dominant player with a beautiful aggressive aesthetic game. Enough of these robotic two handed pushers with no forecourt game.
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Theres nobody right now coming up that looks like a 2003-2007 Federer.