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    2021 US Open - Men's Singles - General Discussion

    Monfils is 34. Time passes by so quick.
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    Djokovic versus Nishikori United States Open 2021 round of 32

    Kei's serve has never been this much of weapon. I don't recall.
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    Djokovic versus Nishikori United States Open 2021 round of 32

    Is this fully automated line call? at slams?
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    Djokovic versus Nishikori United States Open 2021 round of 32

    Hope Kei is not cramping anytime soon.
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    Djokovic versus Nishikori United States Open 2021 round of 32

    Kei is playing great with improved serves but Novak is in typical early round forms, trying to find slam forms...
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    Djokovic versus Nishikori United States Open 2021 round of 32

    stat-wise djokovic played better overall except he missed more break chances and played poor tiebreaker.
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    Djokovic versus Nishikori United States Open 2021 round of 32

    Nishikori improved his serves. He appears to have corrected his somewhat straight arm wind up no?
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    2021 US Open - Men's Singles - General Discussion

    Seppi, the guy who beat Federer at AO.
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    Rafa Nadal calls it season!

    Probably. But some doctor says different thing. One of my cousins had it and had a surgery when he was teenager. He is an excellent athlete even after surgery. But he is not a professional athlete. That might be the difference.
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    20 is just not enough

    Rafa was such an anomaly on clay. Imagine what could have happened by now if we had just bruguera or kuerten level clay dominator. P.s. then again what would have happened if rafa was not born with problem foot condition? :-D
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    20 is just not enough

    Definitely yes for entire 70s-90s basically. AO was very slow and problem was the surface property changed depending on temperature. Plus atp had indoor season with carpeted courts which changed to hard courts late 90s.
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    20 is just not enough

    David Ferrer reached 10 consecutive slam quarter finals, (last time I checked. So aybe more non consecutive)
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    20 is just not enough

    When David Ferrer reached something like 10 consecutive slam final 8, that put him in top 5 of all time list in that record. Players of last 20 years are crowded in the top of that list. Something serious inflationary happened last 20 years in tennis. :-D
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    20 is just not enough

    I only see Sinner as potential for next dominant player of an Era type of player among next generation. Plus his timing is good assuming big3 career end soon. :-D
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    20 is just not enough

    I don't know. US open claimed unchaned since 2004 DecoTurf (?) switch and Wimbledon claimed unchanged since 2001 grass change and 2003 irrigation related change underneath grass layer.
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    20 is just not enough

    Definitely yes. Homogeneous surface wording was just for convenience.
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    20 is just not enough

    It depends on what I meant by dominant player and an Era. I basically agree with you on Big 3 and Borg and Sampras but I would also include Lendle.
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    20 is just not enough

    I'm just guessing a dominant player in next Era or generation. As early 10 years, 2030 or so, someone will be nearing 20 slams, I'm predicting. I don't think top 3 guys in next Era will be this close level.
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    20 is just not enough

    I don't know what's the biggest factor. The polyester arrived similar time. The ball also gotten heavier and much more regulated tour wide. up until 90s, the variances in balls each tournament was higher. The ranking system switched from best of 9 to 13 and atp removed bonus points for beating...
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    20 is just not enough

    You are offended by the word "homogeneous"?:-D Of course there are still quite a difference. But much less. And it's bounciness? too. Also current ranking and tournament system favors a few top players.
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    20 is just not enough

    Sorry, You have to wait about 10 years :-D. I bet there will be a player who will be approaching or surpass 20 slams.
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    20 is just not enough

    It is a fact that grass and hard courts are altered to slower since late 90s.
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    20 is just not enough

    Maybe it is unique that the 3 guys are within 5,6 year time span. Next dominant player will also reach 20+ rather easily. This tour condition makes it much more probable.
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    20 is just not enough

    I think a guy like Sinner maybe?
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    Rafa Nadal calls it season!

    His foot condition is something of congenital issue and started to have pain as early as the age of 7, AFAIK. the pain grew to an unbearable one at 17 and had to take a few months off. A lot knee pains were supposed to have been induced by his foot where he corrected via an aggressive orthotics...
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    20 is just not enough

    Next dominant players (next era) will amass 20+ under current homogenous surface conditions and current tour system. Unless Djokovic (or Nadal,no?) wins 25+, slam record won't last long. His 7+(6.5?) YE#1 record will last much longer.
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    Srdjan speaks again, 10 more slams for his son

    It depends on his motivation. Let's say he has ~25 slams at age of 37 or 38 and Nadal and Federer retired with low 20s or just 20 slams. It would be very hard for him to push his old body for a few more slams. :-D
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    Looks like no male player can win more than 5 slams after turning 27

    One obvious flaw of this 2015 thread OP was to exclude pro majors in pre open era.
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    “Unshakeable Faith in Him”: Toni Nadal Believes Rafael Nadal Can Stop Novak Djokovic

    True but Djokovic has been quite unlucky at the us open we can say.
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    ‘Novak Djokovic still has five years left at the top,’ : Daniela Hantuchova

    I do not think Djokovic or Nadal will play until 40 like Federer is doing. They will have a bit less motivation than Federer. They already have and will have records that are really hard to break.
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