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  1. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    Don't forget Roddick was on an all-time record TB winning streak of 17 then lost two TB sets in a row :-D
  2. AnOctorokForDinner

    Could any Big 3 member could beat Prime Bruguera on Clay and Prime PETE on Carpet in the same season?

    Lendl sure has a top peak barring grass, like Borg barring outdoor HC, or Sampras/Federer barring clay. Going for clay + indoors, Borg and Lendl are the most equipped.
  3. AnOctorokForDinner

    Could any Big 3 member could beat Prime Bruguera on Clay and Prime PETE on Carpet in the same season?

    Just amend prime to peak. Beating 1994 RG Bruguera + 1994 YEC Sampras is quite a greater task.
  4. AnOctorokForDinner

    Mind-blowing how the 3 GOATs appeared at the same time... how did that happen?

    Fred can be as diplomatic as he wants but it's sadly apparent that future ATG talents will be hard to come by. I wouldn't be surprised if no new player collected double digit slam titles in my lifetime.
  5. AnOctorokForDinner

    What happened to Rublev?

    Left his purple patch and is now getting exposed in his ballbashing ways.
  6. AnOctorokForDinner

    It's An Scandal, A Outrage, An Conspiracy!!!!

    What a pair of absolute roflmaoist gems from back in the day, given the current situation. Turncoatquem delivers.
  7. AnOctorokForDinner

    Big Tournaments won by Big4

    Big 4 was a perfectly sensible term indeed. Big 3 will be much more relevant going forward though, as from a historical perspective the difference between any of Fedalovic and Murray is far greater as that between Murray and the next best Wawrinka.
  8. AnOctorokForDinner

    Big Tournaments won by Big4

    I can tell you're using UTS new participation-algorithm-based list of super 9's prior to 1990. It's a mess, the old Wikipedia-original-research-based list was still more sensible imo. (It was finally removed from the Wiki article like half a year ago for being original research since "super 9"...
  9. AnOctorokForDinner

    Peak Djokovic vs Peak Federer...... splitting hairs?

    Bean counting above all, so long as it suits you. Come on, at least try some analysis.
  10. AnOctorokForDinner

    Peak Djokovic vs Peak Federer...... splitting hairs?

    Oh, but they are. Observing tennis makes it sadly apparent. Very disheartening. Of course you wouldn't entertain that concept. What it tells us, if anything, hmm.
  11. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    ...Nadal exists? Yeah if that were Rafito he'd have stepped back and topspinned the forehand back so Roddick could get back into the rally but in an uncomfortable position. Still dubious. Arguably a double fault that was an inch away from going in represents a lesser degree of mental failure...
  12. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    But you said Federer was much more confident so why are there any chokey instances at all whatsoever? Playing his ultimate H2H pigeon, he should've been brimming with self-belief. Really... Okay, direct question: Can 2009 Roddick beat peak Nadal at Wimbledon? Would he? Would he take it to...
  13. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    Roddick was a better Wimbledon finalist than many before and anyone since, I'd offer. Played a strong/smart match throughout other than that sad moment. Ascribing peak Nadal levels to him is overreaching though.
  14. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    No error as visibly ugly as that volley but Djokovic did have six set points including two on serve, after all. Tightened up at the end, you could see that. Federer was brave to pounce. Nadal double faulted at *5-2, was a bit unlucky in that the ball jumped off the top of the tape and landed...
  15. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    It's actually enchanting somehow, does your way of thinking entail even prime Djokovic was one of the worst Wimbledon winners by LOP [level of play] since at least 1974? I'm pretty sure it should! Maybe he was actually second worst, behind only Murray 2013 who owes his title to Djokovic being...
  16. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    Nice propaganda. The slice giving Federer control of the point for no reason at 6-2 counts, the clumsy approach at 6-6 counts too. Roddick was beasting hard on serve until then at least. But what of the first set? Federer misses the oh-so-precious BP chance at 5-5 with a FHDTL missed winner...
  17. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    Had BPs at 2-2 in the fifth set. What gives?
  18. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    If 2009 Federer were more confident, how come he was on the verge of going two sets down to Roddick - would have gone two sets down if Roddick were clutch at that junction - given that Roddick was neither as good nor as confident as peak Nadal in 2008? Doesn't compute, bro. Cue the revelation...
  19. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    Had the better DR in each of the first three sets, the inability to convert BPs was just tragic - 1/12 in those sets. This becomes even more telling - unbearably so - when you go by "games with BPs": in the first two and a half sets, up to 3-3 in the third, Federer had BPs in 7 (!!) return games...
  20. AnOctorokForDinner

    Peak Djokovic vs Peak Federer...... splitting hairs?

    They are earning more than ever, so it suits them to present as a near-pinnacle of tennis (the pinnacle being reserved by beak 3 given that the young'uns could hardly topple them until age started to take over). Just recently Zverev claimed after the Mandy match that Murray basically played at...
  21. AnOctorokForDinner

    Better from the QF Wimbledon 2006 and SF Wimbledon 2003

    Press X to doubt. Federer should have hypothetically won the 08 final in 3 btw; while you can't really expect perfect clutchness like that, I don't see Federer being less than average in the clutch with Noel prime to prime, given the (slightly) favourable matchup, and his base level was higher.
  22. AnOctorokForDinner

    Peak Djokovic vs Peak Federer...... splitting hairs?

    There have been some dominant runs, notably Nadal's RG '20 of course, and USO '21 has to be included although the draw was just super feeble and Noel was a sponge... still the stats for that run are strong and I have to respect that. Anything less than a dominant run is kinda sukk these days...
  23. AnOctorokForDinner

    Peak Djokovic vs Peak Federer...... splitting hairs?

    This works literally for any match (lol). Easy win -> epeak level, close win -> omazeng clutch. Except all this business of clutching out mediocre wins against mediocre opponents is just inflating the giant bubble.
  24. AnOctorokForDinner

    2004-05 vs 2014-15. Stronger?

    Slicing occasionally if you have a decent slice is a good idea to keep Roddick on his toes. I agreed Nalbandian oversliced at times in an apparent effort to protect his hand. He still hit a lot of topspin backhands and some sharp ones among them. Little problem with the return, regular deep...
  25. AnOctorokForDinner

    2004-05 vs 2014-15. Stronger?

    Slicing had a clear tactical element as Roddick could be (and was) unsettled by it, although Nalbandian did overslice to protect his hand I agree. I'm seeing Nalbandian return Roddick's missiles on the baseline at times in every set, you're missing that. "poo serving" lol.
  26. AnOctorokForDinner

    2004-05 vs 2014-15. Stronger?

    Fun fact: 04-05 slam winners displayed a consistently higher level than 14-15 slam winners, to the tune of 7-1 (Nadal > Gaudio duh). With that in mind, viewing 14-15 as stronger would be silly - how is it stronger when the winning level is weaker?
  27. AnOctorokForDinner

    State of tennis: haha

    Imagine what a mug draw that will require ha. I'm more expecting him to be a Chris Woodruff but even Woodruff won his masters in attacking fashion beating several top seeds and was later felled by injuries. This is more of a Sock situation, although sure Norriw isn't gonna lose motivation and...
  28. AnOctorokForDinner

    2004-05 vs 2014-15. Stronger?

    So I watched parts of the first three sets of the 03 semi and the "extremely injured" narrative is simply bullfaeces. Dickulous said it well, yes Nalbandian was affected somewhat but he still hit decent serves and strokes, far from the puffballs you imagine them being, placing them well...
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