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  1. Polaris

    Will you ever like someone betterer than Federer?

    I believe that Federer is a once-in-a-lifetime talent, so I am not confident that there will be another one like him for a long time. It is going to be hard not to look back and think, "In the days of Federer ..." in much the same way that older people think, "In the days of Laver and Rosewall...
  2. Polaris

    The definitive explanation of why the Federer Nadal head-to-head is bogus

    Thanks very much for gathering the data and doing the painstaking analysis, and slicing the data in different ways to confirm / deny the hypothesis. You are an asset to this forum! You know what would be really cool? For the deniers, one might construct a hypothesis testing problem with the...
  3. Polaris

    What did Federer do for tennis?

    Federer did something very bad for tennis. He showed us that tennis can be beautiful. Unfortunately, after watching Roger, everyone else looks like an ugly hack trying unsuccessfully to master this tennis thing. :-)
  4. Polaris

    Top 5 most respected posters?

    Thank you!
  5. Polaris

    Its Nadal or never...

    As much as I feel bad for Nadal as he attempts to swim against the inevitable tide, it is quite strange to see all the starry-eyed Nadal fans turning contemplative and almost rational.
  6. Polaris

    No longer a Fed fan after tonight....

    I'm still gutted after watching that final. Damned if I could forget all those breakpoints that went abegging !
  7. Polaris

    Was Rafael Nadal Suffering From Hubris?

    Francis Levy is so stunningly, idiotically, far off the mark that it is laughable. The words "Nadal" and "hubris" don't belong in the same sentence. Nadal has flaws, but overconfidence and a superiority complex are not in that list. Clearly, reading Aristotle does not seem to have resulted in...
  8. Polaris

    Federer surprise retirement with USO Title?

    No. Federer's problem (and our great fortune) is that he seems to like the game too much for his own good.
  9. Polaris

    2006 Roger Federer v 2011 Novak Djokovic

    As it is at the US Open, 2006 Federer over 2015 Djokovic in 4 sets. If it was the 2004 US Open (coach-less) Federer version, that would be even quicker: 3 straight, possibly including a bagel or a breadstick. Fed was a monster in that USO. All this is mere speculation, and probably very...
  10. Polaris

    Will Roger's SABR (Kamikaze ROS) be effective at USO?

    I hope that what you say is true, and that Roger carries this tactic to #18 !! That would be like trolling the ATP for two tournaments in a row :-) . However, if I was in the opponent's place, and I knew that Mr. Federer is likely to give me the charge, the first thing I would think of is: (1)...
  11. Polaris

    Will Roger's SABR (Kamikaze ROS) be effective at USO?

    I think he will use it less frequently at the USO, given the speed difference between USO and Cincy. I doubt that anyone is good enough from the forecourt to adopt it. Most likely yes. Becker looked like he had crapped his pants when Federer had the gall to try the tactic against Djokovic...
  12. Polaris

    Rodge's New Return Tactic

    Last I heard, Cincy was the Real Slam, not a rinkydink title. The dude just trolled his way to a Masters 1000 title, and made Becker look like he had crapped his pants, and all you can come up with is "suicidal"?
  13. Polaris

    Will roof benefit Roger tomorrow?

    Novak is no slouch indoors. Even if the roof closes, I expect no let-up from him.
  14. Polaris

    Are 2 Serena slams > 1 CYGS?

    Wait: Winning 4 in a row in a single year = high pressure, but winning 4 in a row across years = non-existent pressure. Did you write that just for dramatic effect? Because if you didn't, that was a pretty daft thing to come up with.
  15. Polaris

    Are 2 Serena slams > 1 CYGS?

    In my book, 1 Serena Slam = 1 CYGS, so, 2 Serena Slams = 2 CYGS. The yearly interval is just a made up artifact. A Serena Slam is every bit as monumental as the CYGS. I don't care how anybody else slices it. And I'm not even a fan.
  16. Polaris

    Borg: "That's the best I've seen Federer play for maybe 10 years"

    This is harsh, but TV personalities, sports celebrities and past players, who are too close to the game, lack the perspective that comes from long term memory. Federer was amazing today, but this is manifestly not the best that he has played. US Open 2004 final, Wimby 2005 final, AO 2007...
  17. Polaris

    Is Sharapova to Serena, what Roddick was to Fed?

    My view is that, to beat Serena, you have to be able to get her to move. Maria has shown no intent to do that. All she does is bash the ball into Serena's strike zone, which is exactly the wrong thing to do. Serena's movement may not be what it was, but her ball-striking ability (from both...
  18. Polaris

    Tactical analysis: what Gasquet need to do to disturb Djokovic

    Drink Polyjuice Potion, and show up as The Stanimal in Roland Garros Beast Mode!
  19. Polaris

    Is Fed at world No2, mean that the draw is lopsided at grand slams

    What makes you think that the OP is a new member? It is much more likely that he/she is a previously banned member, or an existing member who wants to create multiple accounts, or an existing member who forgot their previous password.
  20. Polaris

    I can't believe Wawrinka has as many slams as Murray/Safin/Hewitt now

    "Indifferent surprised" is a contradiction in terms. You lie, sir. :)
  21. Polaris

    Nadal himself confirms he asked for Bernardes removal from his matches

    In before the Nadalettes drop in with a way to: (1) Justify why this is not a big deal at all. (2) Say that Federer/Djokovic/etc have done this too, and where was the outrage then? (3) Blame Bernardes. (4) Blame ATP. (5) Blame the rules of tennis for being outdated. (6) Blame TW for being...
  22. Polaris

    USA Today's Chris Chase predicts Fed to win RG 15

    Judging from his writing, Chris Chase is almost certainly a member of these forums. Generally (though not always), he writes trashy clickbait, sort of the tennis equivalent of the National Enquirer. There is a market for that kind of excrement, unfortunately. I wouldn't take him seriously.
  23. Polaris

    French Open: Predict the men's Final!

    Not to worry. The top half contains connoisseurs of time wasting and ... ahem ... Platelet Replacement Therapy which will make 4 consecutive 6 hour matches seem like nothing.
  24. Polaris

    Bad news for Rafa, and Rafa fans, the tour no longer fears him. Not even on clay.

    Good lord, are you federerfanatic alias federerhoogenbandfan alias capriatifanatic alias thalivest alias NadalAgassi alias grafrules alias ...... ? Don't ask me why I think so :-) .
  25. Polaris

    2015 BNP Paribas Open/ Indian Wells (QF): Rafael Nadal (3) vs Milos Raonic (6)

    Court is slow as molasses. I will be surprised if Nadal loses.
  26. Polaris

    How come Federer shanks so much more ?

    Nobody compares with Federer in this regard :) .
  27. Polaris

    Federer wonders at Nadal surpassing him in GSs

    Chris Chase writes trash for a living, and has been doing so for a while. Why would you regard anything he produces as important?
  28. Polaris

    What smartwatch to buy for 2015

    I suggest funding the new Pebble Time Kickstarter and getting the new color e-ink Pebble. Advantages: 1. 5-7 days battery life, compared with 1-2 days on all other smartwatches. One less thing to charge. 2. Cross-platform: Android, iOS, even BlackBerry. 3. Pretty good ecosystem of apps. 4. $159...
  29. Polaris

    How much of TT has seeped into your real life?

    To tell you the truth, TT means almost nothing in my daily life now. I used to post more frequently about 4 or 5 years ago, but it was still nowhere close to the frequency of some of the posters here. At this point, real life with job and family is just so pressing that responding to knee-jerk...