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  1. FD3S

    2019 Wimbledon R2: RAFA vs Kyrgoat

    Nick is... staying calm after losing the TB. Refreshing to see - let's see if his mental state holds tough.
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    If peak Roddick was on tour today

    I know there's context to all these things, but they're also not exactly inaccurate and damn do they make the state of the ATP sound dire :-D
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    Prime Nadal vs Prime Sampras at the French Open - Only Sampras Serves - Who Wins?

    Part of the reason that the dude has fourteen majors is that he was rarely broken by far lesser players. Did it happen more on clay? Sure, his W-L record shows that, but he certainly wasn't getting broken left right and center like people seem to think. Also; a larger contributing part to...
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    Thiem has overachieved at this French Open

    It's amazing. He's got some solid analysis in his post history, but this 'hate' he's got for Theim has entered straight up Andy Kaufman territory. He's living the gimmick, full stop, and it never ceases to be entertaining.
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    The next time another post emerges about Djokovic/Roddick head to head...

    Also, for the record - Novak as a major winning #3 was far beyond simply just a 'future good player'. That's an elite player on the world stage - future good would have been him in 2007 before he really broke out against Fed, Nadal, and Roddick during the same tournament.
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    The next time another post emerges about Djokovic/Roddick head to head...

    Could be! Their matchup issue was such that Novak was heavily favored on paper for every match barring their first and still dropped a bunch (really, as soon as the rallies were neutral Djokovic's ground game should have taken over with impunity, but history shows that wasn't the case for...
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    The next time another post emerges about Djokovic/Roddick head to head...

    Let's not overstate things. While Djokovic wasn't at his peak when their careers overlapped - for the record, neither was Roddick - but for the majority of their encounters Roddick was playing a young but already battle-tested and Major/Masters winning world no. 3 that was always ranked higher...
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    Tsitsipas vs Roddick on clay - Who wins this fascinating hypothetical?

    Why not. First, one of the more handy tips I got from a better writer than I regarding hyperbole was to not use any examples that can be proven quantitatively wrong. Furthermore, the more fantastic/exaggerated you get with it (two minutes indeed, honestly), the more attention gets called to...
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    Tsitsipas vs Roddick on clay - Who wins this fascinating hypothetical?

    And still somehow in the top ten long after said era ended. Neither has to do with the fact that your statement was A: objectively wrong and B: a textbook example of how not to utilize hyperbole.
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    Tsitsipas vs Roddick on clay - Who wins this fascinating hypothetical?

    ... I know you're trying to be clever and make it sound like he was only there for the time it takes to down a cup of coffee, but Roddick was in the top five for 150+ weeks, easy.
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    Tsitsipas vs Roddick on clay - Who wins this fascinating hypothetical?

    Have Tsitsipas wear a Robredo mask and his old ST gear, problem solved. Pretty much burnt out in 2005 and yet didn't drop out of the top ten until 2011/2012 when constant injuries finally took their toll. I see.
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    Stan Wawrinka is a legend.

    That's true, but didn't the term 'Big 4' originate because it was Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray consistently making the semis of the larger tournaments along with holding the top four spots in the world (starting during a timeframe where Wawrinka was little more than an afterthought...
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    Tsitsipas vs Roddick on clay - Who wins this fascinating hypothetical?

    Probably Tsitsipas. Oh, Roddick had a few decent showings on the surface for sure - no matter how early on it was, any version of Roddick beating any version of Coria on any kind of clay is impressive, he looked like a superb clay courter against Robredo both times they played thanks to the...
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    Who had a better kick serve Roddick or Rafter?

    I used this site: https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/sports/a2072/4221210/ which described Roddick's average as 2400 RPM for a 130 MPH serve, along with Yandell's post in this topic (https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/john-yandell-service-speed-loss-and-depth.38749/) which...
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    Who had a better kick serve Roddick or Rafter?

    Bear in mind, Roddick's average first serve (130+ MPH with 2400 RPM as per John Yandell) was a insanely heavy ball as it was; it's not unreasonable to assume that his second serve, with speed traded in for topspin and sidespin, could have had close to double the RPM while still clocking in at...
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    Who had a better kick serve Roddick or Rafter?

    Now this is an interesting one. Coin flip for me IMO; both had phenomenal kick serves, with Roddick's used as a heavy second serve (more raw spin, safer) while Rafter used his to get to net and set up his first volley (more aggressive delivery in terms of placement, more variation). That said...
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    Who is greater: Agassi or Sampras?

    Stanimal? You mean the Stanimal that's tied with Murray in majors and has noticeable gaps in virtually every other category that's measurable? The Stanimal that was an afterthought for the first 75% of his career on tour? The Stanimal that's never shown up at Wimbledon? The Stanimal whose...
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    Who had the better kick serve Peak Roddick or Thiem?

    It'd help him out a bit, but it'd by no means be the difference maker. Roddick's kicker was so effective I'd wager he could swing with an 18X20 with Theim swinging a 16X19 and his would still be better by a fair margin.
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    Who had the better kick serve Peak Roddick or Thiem?

    Yep, he went back to his junior grinding game post BG and while it helped his consistency it hurt his chances against the big guys. The odd thing was, he didn't have to go to either extreme as a player to be effective IMO; there were plenty of times when he would actually use the spinny...
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    Who had the better kick serve Peak Roddick or Thiem?

    There was no doubt that it was significantly better as an attacking groundstroke as opposed to a return of serve or defensive tool; I remember Sampras wrote in his book that something along the lines of Courier's FH having much the same issue and that going after it with the serve was actually a...
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    Who had the better kick serve Peak Roddick or Thiem?

    This reminds me of casual fans during Roddick's heyday that would watch highlight packages, see that Roddick's favorite serve was the heater down the T and just assume - for whatever reason - that was the only serve he had.
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    I also recall the gambling accusations possibly hurting him for HoF inclusion, though I can't say for sure if those ever surfaced with any degree of seriousness during his peak as an active player.
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    Kafelnikov's another interesting case - two majors, world #1, Olympic Gold, an extremely well rounded player in all respects, and yet when watching him you really saw that he really came off as a 'master of none' far more than he did of a 'jack of all trades'. No Masters, and his major draws...
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    Nalbandian is a better tennis player than Federer

    Agreed. Peak Safin can annihilate the ball off both wings and is probably the best mover of all time for players that height, but Federer's... Federer. I'd say his movement alone puts the matchup in his favor already, to say nothing of the sheer versatility of his offense - while anything...
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    Haha, I gotcha. Can't say I blame you for the ignore, to be honest. Ah, Stan. Honestly, Wawrinka's one of those enigmas that's really difficult to rate even when you're not muddying the waters with other players; his three majors were won in spectacular fashion against tough competition, but...
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    Nalbandian is a better tennis player than Federer

    Oh, of course; he was injured in all ten of his losses. Even the ones they contested in 2001 and 2002, where Safin was already a major winner, Federer was still just a talented headcase, and the major wrist injury of 2003 had yet to happen. How inconvenient for Safin, yet so convenient for...
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    Uh... I'm well aware you didn't say anything about that. It'd be hard for me to argue that you did considering the name at the top of that quote I was replying to reads 'Donk' and not 'jasonbrown' - I figured it was better to use one post for two replies. And again, while the majors are...
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    The thing with this is that might very well apply to the casual fan who tunes in when the majors are on and know the Big Four and the Williams Sisters. On tennis forums (here, MTF, Reddit, etc) with fans that are a lot more rabid, things get a lot more murky with context for numbers being put...
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    Who was the third best player in the 2000s (2000-2009) behind Fedal?

    Fair! To me I'd edge it slightly toward Roddick because while his advantages over Safin in a lot of categories are fairly small, to me there's enough deficits for the Russian that when you combine them with Roddick's insane consistency and maximization of his relatively limited talent (which I...
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