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  1. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    You realise that exact comparison is where the term ‘Grand Slam’ came from, right?
  2. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    No, it has seasons. And a ‘whole-season’ achievement has always been more highly regarded than a season-straddling one. That’s why the guy who is number one at year end gets the big trophy, not the guy who got there randomly in the middle of the year. Even if he held the live ranking for longer.
  3. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    I’m measuring chronologically because it is a chronological achievement. As soon as someone loses, they are no longer playing for the Grand Slam and subsequent results are meaningless in that context. Playing the US Open to get 3/4 is entirely different to playing the US Open for a potential...
  4. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    If I win the last seven tricks of a bridge hand and the first seven tricks of the next hand, is that more or less impressive than winning 13 tricks in a single hand? It’s called a Grand Slam for a reason.
  5. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    You cannot say that Federer was ‘one flipped result away’ because there is no way of knowing how Federer would have performed at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows with the additional pressure of a live Grand Slam streak. Roland Garros broke the chain and everything after that is a hypothetical.
  6. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    I consider that a lesser achievement than the other three. Just my opinion.
  7. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    The idea of a ‘Non Calendar Year Grand Slam’ or a ‘Career Grand Slam’ is a bit of a furphy anyway. The Grand Slam is the Grand Slam. I mean, you don’t get a Grand Slam in bridge by winning 13 tricks spread over multiple hands.
  8. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    It’s only close if the F is at Flushing Meadows. Dead rubbers don’t count because the Grand Slam is already off the table. Federer never came close to the Grand Slam because he was always dead in the water by the end of May.
  9. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Start a thread about Borg/Laver/Nadal, turns into a discussion about Federer/Sampras. Go figure.
  10. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Nobody has really got close to the Grand Slam since Laver. Twice someone has got halfway (Wilander in '88 and Djokovic in '14), then bombed out at Wimbledon. Nobody except Borg has even done back-to-back Channel Slams, let alone been shooting for 3 in a row. All 3 of these achievements are...
  11. Cashman

    What if Graf wins 99 Wimbledon final vs Davenport; does she try for #9

    Mac is a great player, but he has always been a complete child about this. Rain had backed up the schedule, so Graf was supposed to play her singles SF Saturday midday, the Mixed SF Saturday night, and the singles F on Sunday midday. She decided it was going to be too much tennis in 24 hours...
  12. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Because in one scenario you don't get the benefit of the off-season break.
  13. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Nope.
  14. Cashman

    pliskova vs pliskova

    Well, Kristyna has recently dropped out of the top 100... this won't do her any harm. Looking at their H2H you do wonder if they manage their results a little bit.
  15. Cashman

    Two-handed forehand?

    Pancho Segura.
  16. Cashman

    FlipTsitsipas: Big Four Wimbledon Dominance is Boring

    Well, he's not wrong.
  17. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    I am honestly not sure, which is why I posed the question. They are very different achievements, and very specific to the abilities of the respective players who managed them. Perhaps the Grand Slam, I suppose - if only because it has always been the Holy Grail of tennis.
  18. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    TBH I was kind of expecting something similar. Good barometer of the board.
  19. Cashman

    Do tennis coaches hate coaching adults?

    Nothing wrong with a two-handed volley as long as you have good footwork and knee-bend. Frew McMillan and Martina Hingis were two of the best in the business at the net, and it didn't do them any harm.
  20. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    It was pretty impressive on '70s grass and clay.
  21. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Nope, I just thought those three particular achievements were interesting to compare. NID that someone would have a whinge about a thread with this name and no mention of Federer, though.
  22. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Impressive, I had set the under/over for a butthurt Federer fan at ten posts.
  23. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    They are all unprecedented achievements.
  24. Cashman

    Most Impressive Slam Achievement?

    Just curious what people think.
  25. Cashman

    2nd Best Spanish Clay-specialist..

    Yep. Thanks to Borg he never won the French Open, but has a US Open title on clay. The real poll should be Brugura vs Orantes.
  26. Cashman

    Had Henin not retired in 2008

    I don't think taking 18 months off did any harm to her career. Whilst on paper it looks like she was retiring at her peak, she was absolutely diabolical in early 2008 and no chance of winning Grand Slams. If she'd pushed on then likely her results would have stayed terrible, and the injuries...
  27. Cashman

    Is there anyone on the men’s circuit who predominantly uses a slice on the FH side ?

    Nope. Hitting a sliced forehand as anything other than a variation would be a huge disadvantage on the current ATP. It's not a natural stroke, and anyway the modern topspin forehand is just way too much of a weapon to forego. Dolgopolov used to hit a lot of slice forehands to bamboozle his...
  28. Cashman

    What if Graf wins 99 Wimbledon final vs Davenport; does she try for #9

    No. She'd been struggling with her back all season, and had already made the decision to retire at the end of 1999 before Wimbledon. The only reason she didn't announce it is because she didn't want the fanfare during the tournament. Until she got injured during the US summer hardcourts, the...
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