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    Replace chair umpires with AI

    Either a cybermen scenario or a terminator scenario. The cybermen scenario is where humans are gradually compelled to "upgrade" themselves bit by bit until they become cyborgs/machines. The terminator scenario, i.e. machines trying to wipe out humanity, could happen if AI goes rogue and the...
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    Haas lost to eventual champion Kafelnikov in the semi final of the 1999 Australian Open.
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    7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

    7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12.
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    I haven't forgotten :cool: . I just found Portas' semi final and final more thrilling. Portas beating Ferrero in that 5-set final likely stopped Ferrero possibly toppling Kuerten as the best clay player of that time. Ferrero had beaten Kuerten in the 2001 Rome final in 5 sets, and then Portas...
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    7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

    I believe the record for consecutive service holds, prior to Isner vs. Mahut at 2010 Wimbledon, was in the 1996 YEC final in Hanover between Sampras and Becker. In that match, there were 49 consecutive service holds. Becker broke the Sampras serve in the fourth game of the first set, and the...
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    7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

    That's the match where Karlovic served 78 aces. I thought that record was unbeatable at the time, until Isner vs. Mahut came along and both shattered it.
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    7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

    I doubt it. Nadal vs. Fognini matches in 2015 tended to have a lot of breaks of serve, but even they didn't have every game in a set be a break of serve.
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    7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

    I've never known of a tennis match that has had 5 tiebreaks. The chances of it happening now are higher than before, with all the majors now having fifth set tiebreaks. The only annoying thing about the 2001 US Open quarter final match between Sampras and Agassi, which Sampras won 6-7, 7-6...
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    A lot of people forget that Puerta had 3 set points, on serve, to make it 2-2 in sets in that final. It isn't obvious from the end scoreline of 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5, but Nadal saved the set points, broke Puerta's serve, then held his own serve, and then broke Puerta again to win the title. Puerta...
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    The "Nadal and Djokovic have been each other's competition" myth

    Ernie Terrell kept calling Muhammad Ali by his former name of Cassius Clay in the buildup. As Ali beat up Terrell, Ali kept asking "What's my name? What's my name?". Ali won something like 13 of the 15 rounds of that fight. Only call him Cassius Clay if you're referring to him before 26...
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    LOL. Right in the chops :laughing:
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    Bartoli's win over Henin in the 2007 Wimbledon semi was very impressive. When Bartoli lost the final to Venus Williams, I remember Bartoli saying that she'd be back in a Wimbledon final in the future and would win it. I remembered that comment and thought that she'd beat Lisicki in the 2013...
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    Top Davis Cup Singles Winning Percentages for Open Era Greats

    Hewitt's win over Kuerten on clay, in 3 straight sets, in 2001, in Kuerten's hometown of Florianopolis, was one of Hewitt's finest moments.
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    Cash was a bit worried about Connors too. Still, Cash was in such good form at 1987 Wimbledon that I'm not sure that anybody would have beaten him during that fortnight.
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    Peak / Prime years is a myth

    That's a bit outdated now. There was a period a few years back where all the major winners were in their 30s. That threw out the previous wisdom that late 20s to mid 30s was retirement time after a few years of decline.
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    So much so that Becker said afterwards "It was a tennis match. Nobody died".
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    He had a very good 2003, beating Roddick twice in high profile matches that year, one at the YEC in Houston. He also got to the 2004 Monte Carlo final, where Coria beat him, and reached the semi finals of 2008 Wimbledon where Nadal beat him. Yes, it's not just his 2003 Australian Open run to the...
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    Peak / Prime years is a myth

    Ali in 1976 was being gifted decisions against Young and Norton because of WHO he was. Both were basically robberies. It wasn't good for Ali's future health either, that he got those decisions. Ali vs. Young was a really ugly fight too. Norton really was Ali's Kryptonite. I think Norton beat Ali...
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    Fernando Verdasco never really did the form of the 2009 Australian Open again.
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    Best One Hit Wonder?

    Albert Portas, the Drop Shot Dragon, who won the Masters event at 2001 Hamburg. He beat Lleyton Hewitt 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi final, and then beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the final.
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    Juan Carlos Ferrero underrated

    Chickenpox in March 2004. Chickenpox hits adults a lot harder than it does children. Ferrero changed as a player after it. The big forehand just wasn't really there anymore. In 2005, he had a few hints of his previous clay peak, but it didn't last. His results were generally a lot worse, yet his...
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    Juan Carlos Ferrero underrated

    You can divide Juan Carlos Ferrero's career into two parts, before chickenpox and after chickenpox. Oddly, the latter was a much better grass-court player.
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    2015 Federer isn’t even the 9th best Federer at Wimbledon

    I thought Federer would win the 2014 Wimbledon final, even more so after he won the first set. He also had the momentum in his favour after his great comeback to win the fourth set, but couldn't finish it off in the fifth set. And in hindsight, that was a huge match. At the time, going into the...
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    2004 Agassi isn't even the 6th best Agassi at the US Open

    Federer going nearly a week without playing a match going into his quarter final at 2007 Wimbledon didn't help. It was the opposite problem to what Nadal and Djokovic had at that same tournament. Nadal played on the middle Saturday, and then every day from Monday to Sunday.
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    2004 Agassi isn't even the 6th best Agassi at the US Open

    I think 1994 Agassi was the best Agassi at the US Open. He beat, in succession, Forget, Ferreira, Chang, Muster, Martin and Stich to win the title. Muster and Martin had beaten Agassi in majors that year. Agassi was in excellent form in the second half of 1994, enough for Sampras to make a late...
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    Federer wasted 2 potential late prime years with his Fedberg phase

    4-0 in 2017 alone though. 1-0 in 2015, and 1-1 in 2019.
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    Federer wasted 2 potential late prime years with his Fedberg phase

    That "loser" has coached players to 10 major titles, including Federer to the 2012 Wimbledon title. Federer's last wins over Djokovic in majors were under Annacone's coaching.
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    Federer wasted 2 potential late prime years with his Fedberg phase

    Especially as 2013 had been a poor year for Federer. It suggested that a change of approach was needed.
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    Top Davis Cup Singles Winning Percentages for Open Era Greats

    He's certainly one of the players. I think of 2004 and 2011 in particular, and some of 2008.
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