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    Roger Federer is the most overrated No.1 of all time. Discuss.

    The moon is made of Swiss cheese. Discuss --------- yokozunatennis.blogspot.com
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    Kim Clijsters, Yokozuna

    ... the 16th female Yokozuna (=Grand Champion) of open era tennis. She's joining an elite club consiting otherwise of only Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Chris Evert, Hana Mandikova, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Moncial Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Martina Hingis...
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    Federer/Graf - Nadal/Seles

    Except that Steffi's and Federer's game have little in common, except for an exceptional forehand and good footwrok.
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    Nadal vs Djokovic Final OR.....Federer vs Djokovic Semi.....which was higher quality?

    The first two sets of the final were the best (male) tennis of the tournament. Thereafter Djokovic's concentration slipped. On the ladies side, Stosur vs. Dementieva was the match of the tourney in my book. Either could have won the US Open witha little more luck.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Pre-open era results count towards the ranking in that list as long as the player had major success also during the open era.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Don;t think we disagree, really. Persistent thread doesn't mean that he wins every time. Just that Delpo had established himself as one of the few who could challenge the RogRaf duopoly. (P.S.: in this context, Federer is #2 on the list, Nadal #7, and Delpo.... #54)
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    To me the yardstick is "if both retired today, who would have left a greater mark on grand slam tennis". I reckon a slam title sticks out some way here. As for conssitency, imo del Potro had established himself as a persistent thread to Nadal and Federer before he got injured--rather...
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    Where do Serena, Venus, and Henin rank in history now

    Among all players that had major successes in the open era, I have Serena at #5, Venus at #9 and Henin at #10. Clijsters at #15. www.yokozunatennis.blogspot.com (second article)
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    best match ever

    Hmmm--this sounds like Cramm was improsened for losing to Budge. The story I've herad is that he was imprisoned for his homosexality. This said, the Nazis took their revenge on fallen heros. The most striking example is Max Schmeling after losing the refight to Louis, who was drawn into a...
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Well this happens to be a singles ranking. Openings it to doubles would make achievements near-uncompparable--e.g., I'd be in need to find a spot for 9-times doubles champion Mike Bryan who peaked at #246 as a singles players. While practically all 101 players on this list were top 5 at some...
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    That's exactly why. Gaudio is the ultimate one-slam wonder. There is no other player with 1W-0F-0S-0Q.
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    2010 Grand Slam Players of the Year

    Short-write up with some pics: www.yokozunatennis.blogspot.com
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Not sure I understand what you mean.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    By that token your buddy Agassi is clearly behind Lendl. Agassi typically went out in SFs or QFs, while big Ivan typically made the final. Here's the difference: you change your assessment criteria with every post, while I try to get one consistent list together.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    This is an achievements list. Precisely: achievements in grand slam singles tournaments of players who had major successes during the open era. Not a charisma list.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Which is exactly my order, or course. All I meant to acknowledge (as a humble person) is that there is a margin of judgement as regards #1 vs. 2. But my judgement leads me in the same direction as yours.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Fair enough. You finally have one (!) point. Congratulations! 8) [still, MS does not enter as it did not exist throughout the open era)
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Yes, and neither do Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver. Losers, really [Hint: check the date when the Masters series was introduced]
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    True, Lendl havings 10 (lost) slam finals is BS. He has 11. (and Agassi has 8 titles) Implicit in these rankings is: 9F + 6SF + 3QF > 1 W (Lendl vs. Nadal), and 4F > 2 SF + 4QF (Lendl vs. Agassi) I know this is even tougher territory than above, but you may be getting there, buddy!
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    Crowds at the slams

    Always a pleasure, buddy. No, I cover my head in shame. Mmaybe that's because I post here only occasionally, rather than using the forum as substitute for a social life.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    I know, elementary school algebra can be tough. Todd Martin: 0W-2F-4SF-4QF Andy Murray: 0W-2F-2SF-2QF Mark Philippoussis 0W-2F-0SF-3QF ==> Martin > Philippoussis by 4SF and 1QF Martin > Murray by 2SF and 2QF Murray > Philippoussis by 2SF vs. 1 QF Now the comparison with del Potro...
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    Back-to-back slams

    In sumo, winning grand tournaments back-to-back makes a wrestler a Yokozuna (grand champion). In grand slam tennis, the following players have achieved this feat (during the open era): Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker, Jim...
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    You're right. The French Open 1970/71 were in fact reasonably well attended (Nastase, Ashe, Smith, Metreveli, Franulovic, Orantes, etc.) but the great Aussies were missing. This is why I put Kodes last of the 3-slam champions (with the exception of FO-only Guga). I reckon one could downgrade him...
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    Henin or Venus- will either ever win another slam.

    Venus has always a shot at Wimbledon.
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Some hold against Court that almost half of her titles came at the Aussie Open, which did not have quite the same status as the other slams at the time. But this is nitpicking. On the ladies' side a good case can be made for either Court or Graf as #1, this one is witihin the margin of judgement.
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    Peak Serena vs. peak Seles, Graf

    Goddesses are not to be compared. And all three have undoubtedly goddess status. (or Dai-Yokozuna status, see www.yokozunatennis.blogspot.com)
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