All-Time Nation on Nation Tournament (Hypothetical)

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by hingiskournikovasharapova, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. If you were to take the top 5 all-time players from each nation and have put them in a tournament -- which country would win?
    (Restricted only to Open Era players, and assuming they are playing at their peak.)

    Obviously, the U.S., fielding this line-up, would win:
    - Pete Sampras
    - John McEnroe
    - Jimmy Connors
    - Andre Agassi
    - Jim Courier, Arthur Ashe, or Andy Roddick for the last slot

    But who would be the runner-up?
    I'd probably go with Sweden. I'd like Australia and Spain in the semi-finals, but Croatia, even with only 1 grand-slam title among them, would be a dark horse.

    Pete Sampras 14 GS
    John McEnroe 7 GS
    Jimmy Connors 8 GS
    Andre Agassi 8 GS
    Jim Courier 4 GS / Arthur Ashe 3 GS / Andy Roddick 1 GS and counting

    Björn Borg 11 GS
    Mats Wilander 7 GS
    Stefan Edberg 6 GS
    Thomas Johansson 1 GS and counting
    Thomas Enqvist 19 career titles / Magnus Gustafsson 14 career titles / Joachim Johansson 3 career titles and counting

    Rod Laver 11 GS
    John Newcombe 7 GS
    Lleyton Hewitt 2 GS and counting
    Patrick Rafter 2 GS
    Pat Cash 1987 1 GS / Mark Philippoussis 10 career titles and counting

    Rafael Nadal 2 GS and counting
    Sergi Bruguera 2 GS
    Carlos Moya 1 GS and counting
    Juan Carlos Ferrero 1 GS and counting
    Manuel Orantes 1 GS / Albert Costa 1 GS / Alex Corretja 17 career titles

    Ivan Lendl 8 GS
    Peter Korda 1 GS
    Karel Novácek 13 career titles and counting
    Miloslav Mecír 11 career titles and counting
    Tomáš Berdych 2 career titles and counting / Radek Štepánek 1 career title and counting

    Boris Becker 6 GS
    Michael Stich 1 GS
    Tommy Haas 9 career titles and counting
    Nicolas Kiefer 6 career titles and counting
    Rainer Schüettler 4 career titles and counting

    Marat Safin 2 GS and counting
    Yvegeny Kafelnikov 2 GS
    Andrei Chesnokov 7 career titles
    Nikolay Davydenko 6 career titles and counting
    Alexander Volkov 3 career titles / Andrei Cherkasov 2 career titles

    Guillermo Vilas 4 GS
    Gastón Gaudio 1 GS and counting
    Guillermo Coria 9 career titles and counting
    David Nalbandian 5 career titles and counting
    Guillermo Cañas 6 career titles and counting / Mariano Puerta 3 career titles and counting

    Goran Ivanisevic 1 GS
    Ivan Ljubicic 0 career titles and counting
    Mario Ancic 2 career titles and counting
    Ivo Karlovic 0 career titles and counting
    Goran Prpic 1 career title

    Yannick Noah 1 GS
    Guy Forget 11 career titles
    Henri Leconte 9 career titles
    Cédric Pioline 5 career titles
    Sebastien Grosjean 3 career titles and counting / Richard Gasquet 2 career titles and counting
  2. unjugon

    unjugon Rookie

    Apr 26, 2006
    Where´s Santana for Spain?
    Also drop Thomas Johansson and put in there Magnus Gustafsson taking his spot.

    I like the look of Australia.
  3. hoosierbr

    hoosierbr Hall of Fame

    Jul 12, 2005
    What's the surface going to be? If it's clay forget the US winning, even with the likes of Agassi and Connors. Argentina and even Sweden are better bets.

    Something more neutral like a moderate-paced harcourt would be ideal. A lot of the players on the list, though, played most of their tennis on grass. Even Edberg and Wilander - both won the Aussie when it was still on grass. Didn't change until 1988.

    This is more like the ultimate Davis Cup . Having teams travel and playing in front of hostile crowds would add a lot to the game.
  4. ACE of Hearts

    ACE of Hearts Talk Tennis Guru

    Jul 2, 2005
    Its a dead period when it comes to american tennis so u can have these little mythological matches all u want.

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