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    Did Becker underperform at Slams?

    Agree with 3rd and 4th rounds, but these QF-F situations are rather normal and happened to quite a few other GS champions as well. To be fair his runs of early Slam losses generally happened during: 1) His 18-20 (1985-1988) years. 2) His 1992-1994 slump (1993 was his lowest point), when he...
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    Why Sampras considered to be better than Borg

    Hhm, Mac only showed up after Borg had already won the vast majority of his big titles. The same applies to Lendl, who managed to drag Borg to 5 in a FO final as a rookie. Tanner is a servebot with a rather mediocre net game for a serve-and-volleyer - he would have nailed the 1979 final...
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    Did Becker underperform at Slams?

    It was sad that he vanished so quickly after 1996 - when overall competition began to ease. And he should be criticized for becoming out of form and out of shape for so long following his Wimbledon 1991 defeat - could have beaten Agassi and won Wimbledon 1992 had he simply been in a better...
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    Did Becker underperform at Slams?

    Well, Becker would have butchered Chang had they met - with hindsight Becker beating Chang is a sure fire outcome regardless of surfaces.
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    Did Becker underperform at Slams?

    Yeah right, it was Louis Armstrong. IMO the USO courts in 1997-2002 were clearly faster than in 1995-1996 - it was like an outdoor carpet court (hence we had 2 back-to-back all serve-and-volley finals in 1997 and 1998 - and at least one guy playing S&V on both serves made finals in the entire...
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    Did Becker underperform at Slams?

    I think it is because of his mid-career decline starting after Wimbledon 1991 until late-1994. Before 1989 he was still like 20-21, it’s not easy to be consistent at such a young age. Boris would have loved to play on the very fast Arthur Ashe courts of 1997-2002 - I am sure he would have done...
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    ATP500 Rotterdam 2024

    No he straight up crushed Tsits in that match
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    Can Dimitrov save the 1HBH?

    I don’t know but there was a time when blocking/chipping was a nothingburger for any decent single-hander. Big serves and fast flat strokes have already been around for decades. High loopy topspin shots are a bigger problem IMO.
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    Your Top 5 1-Handed Backhands of All Time

    The problem with Thiem/Wawrinka/Gasquet BH or claycourt BHs like Kuerten is that these guys have to stay several feets behind the baseline to hit their BHs. Edberg, Stich and Becker all had straight-arm BH mechanic which allows for more stability and power, and at the same time had rather...
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    Your Top 5 1-Handed Backhands of All Time

    IMO Lendl BH is closer to Pete than Becker/Edberg in that other than the passing shots, it is a tool to set up his shots for the forehand rather than to dictate/end points. Plus, Lendl does struggle with his BH return. Becker BH being more inconsistent is also due to his more aggressive shot...
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    Your Top 5 1-Handed Backhands of All Time

    Becker is someone who basically never had any problems with high backhands, at all. And he also had a complete package on the BH side: slice (hey, the iconic German drive slice), pass, return, topspin, even dropshot (which he occasionally used as an approach shot rather than for outright...
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    Your Top 5 1-Handed Backhands of All Time

    I definitely rate Becker and Stich backhand above Sampras.
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    When ATP players and WTA players stop playing with one-handed backhand

    I only have two questions about this Max guy: 1) How good is his serve? 2) How good is his forehand? If his serve is bang average like Musetti, then he is no hope. He doesn’t look tall.
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    Did Edberg squander opportunities?

    Worse, that Stich loss derailed Becker’s career. I mean, up until the Wimbledon 1991 final, we were expecting the coming of “the Becker years” - as Becker had been posting strong and consistent results in big events since FO 1989 and just won AO earlier that year - and he was already a 5-time...
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    Did Edberg squander opportunities?

    That was my response to people who lamented Edberg’s losses in FO 1989, AO 1990, AO 1991, Wimbledon 1991. And I disagree that Edberg would have beaten Becker in AO 1991 and even Wimbledon 1991.
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    Did Edberg squander opportunities?

    Becker had a break lead in 5th set in their 1989 FO and 1990 Wimbledon matches (especially in their Wimbledon match, Becker bungled his break lead by missing an easy putaway volley). Even in their 1988 Wimbledon match, Becker had a set lead and the second set went to tiebreak.
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    How many Slams would Daniil Medvedev have won if he was born in 1981-82 ?

    Because he would have lost to Fed every single time.
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    Throwback to a young Federer in the 1998 Wimbledon Final

    Fed served and volleyed 0 time in his first match against Agassi in Basel 1998, as far as I recall.
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    Alcaraz Forehand too much spin???

    Definitely he should flatten out his FH approaches
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    Did Edberg squander opportunities?

    And the 1989 FO SF as well. Boris would have certainly torched Chang in the final.
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    When ATP players and WTA players stop playing with one-handed backhand

    Actually almost all great one-handers from the 1970s: Laver, Rosewall, Edberg, Becker, Stich, Korda (literally the best OHBHs of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s). Modern examples include Wawrinka, Thiem and Shapovalov. Raonic is very good at the net by LostGen/NextGen standard, but he is far below...
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    One-handed backhands

    @Zoid since you mention Sampras, I’d like to say that Edberg, Becker, Korda Sr and Stich, who had better backhand than Pete, seem to belong to the “straighten hitting arm early” group as well - and unlike say, Stan, these guys could also do everything on fast courts with their backhands - slice...
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    When ATP players and WTA players stop playing with one-handed backhand

    Last time I check, Federer’s attacking tennis is regularly credited for his longevity. Yet, I always think that tall guys with strong upper body, aggressive game and slowish movement (like Ljubicic or Boris Becker) are better off with 1HBH because it will allow them to attack the balls more and...
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    Did Edberg squander opportunities?

    He won the right number of Slams for his level, if not overachieving. I mean, Becker should have won at least 2 out of 3 Slam matches against Edberg that he lost.
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    How many Slams would Daniil Medvedev have won if he was born in 1981-82 ?

    Henman would have toyed with him on fast courts.
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    When ATP players and WTA players stop playing with one-handed backhand

    I mostly agree with you except for this. Djokovic is someone who still retains the 2005-2015 style modern forehand, and it is one of the reasons why he is still dominating until this AO. He uses his FH more conservatively than Fedal. His stats may be above water, but it is obviously true that...
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    When ATP players and WTA players stop playing with one-handed backhand

    What I mean is that Stef serve and forehand are not good enough and not *destructive* enough to cover his backhand. His BH/return are like Milos but his serve and FH are obviously weaker than Milos. Dimitrov and Musetti, serve and forehand are clearly their problems.
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    When ATP players and WTA players stop playing with one-handed backhand

    I think, if Dimitrov has his 2014 serve and forehand, 2017 backhand and current footwork, he would have made a Slam final. The problem with Dimitrov is that when he makes improvement in one aspect, another part of his game regresses.
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    Best Player of the Early 1970s

    It seems like the thread has been turned into “the best player in 1970”. For the entire 1970-1974 period, it has to be Newcombe, and it is not even that close.
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