Could veteran champion defeat active top 100 player?

Gato

Semi-Pro
Champions of past era like Wilander, Borg, Mac could defeat some active players from top 100 in BO3? What do you think?
 

Gato

Semi-Pro
If they are past 35 with more than 2 years off tour ... hardly, if not imposible. Have to be something like Roddick versus random south american with points collected mostly on the clay Challenger tour.
If they train for a month or so before match?
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
Look up Borg's failed comeback between '91 - '93. He failed to even win one set in his first 9 matches, even on clay, and went on to lose all matches during his comeback. That was over 20 years ago when he was much younger. Even Suresh would beat him now.
He was too stubborn with a wood racquet. Had he made the change to Graphite, who knows....
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
He was too stubborn with a wood racquet. Had he made the change to Graphite, who knows....
he switched to donnay pro one mid the next year with still no luck..
the closest he ever got to winning a match was tiebreak in 3rd set loss to alexander volkov..
 
he switched to donnay pro one mid the next year with still no luck..
the closest he ever got to winning a match was tiebreak in 3rd set loss to alexander volkov..
Having MP against a top 20 player in Volkov is not too shabby. I say that proves Borg could've finally beaten a lesser player had he persisted. I guess he felt the same way, so he could retire for good knowing that he had not failed to be competitive after all.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
Lol no freaking way are you joking, they would lose to 500 ranked guys.

Dude they are in their 60s amd barely play tennis if ever now?

Someone like Sampras who is much younger of course is a different story, but he would need a few months to prepare, cant just start playing out of nothing and win such high level tennis.
 
Look up Borg's failed comeback between '91 - '93. He failed to even win one set in his first 9 matches, even on clay, and went on to lose all matches during his comeback. That was over 20 years ago when he was much younger. Even Suresh would beat him now.
Have to wonder where his mind actually was though initially trying to use wood...
 
Look up Borg's failed comeback between '91 - '93. He failed to even win one set in his first 9 matches, even on clay, and went on to lose all matches during his comeback. That was over 20 years ago when he was much younger. Even Suresh would beat him now.
Now hold on there - the last sentence is just beyond belief.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
Tbh, I can't see how former players could beat the current players, especially if they're playing under todays conditions and equipment's. The sport evolves over time and players as a results also get better as they're often taller, faster, stronger, more athletic and have greater endurance. It's the same for every sport
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
watch some senior events from last couple years..sampras doesn't have his serve or movement/quickness anymore... I think the only players that might have a shot are the newer past players like roddick, blake, etc..
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Not even close. Id almost say top1000, tennis is deep and retired players wont have anything to hurt them with.

In doubles though, yes
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
Roddick is only 35.. he's a spring chicken compared to Fed. Way less milage too...
you're right, im surprised he retired so early and from what I remember he announced it suddenly too..
so if he played karlovic, who's 39y.o and currently hovering around top 100, who is the real veteran? lol...
 
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Deleted member 307496

Guest
you're right, im surprised he retired so early and from what I remember he announced it suddenly too..
so if he played karlovic, who's 39y.o and currently hovering around top 100, who is the real veteran? lol...
Roddick had heaps of mileage.

Was top 10 for pretty much 10 years straight. That's not some easy feat for a guy like Roddick who isn't an ATG.

Once he realized he couldn't keep up that same form and he hit 30 years old he decided to call it quits otherwise he'd have kept free-falling.
 
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Deleted member 307496

Guest
Lleyton himself has beaten Djokovic after he retired.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Athletes retire when they can no longer remain competitive in their own era. Most don't quit just because they feel like it.

So what makes you think they will become more competitive after a decade of two of extra ageing out of competition, against players who are significantly younger and fitter than themselves?
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
I do remember his last year or so, he didn't seem to be enjoying himself on court anymore... seemed to have more sour faces, whining, and temper tantrums than usual
 

see_ping

New User
Definitely possible on a fast surface. Saw a Sampras vs. Philippoussis match here in Vancouver a couple years ago and it went down to the wire because both were just serving aces the other couldn't get to. Chang and Mcenroe who also came to play lost pretty easily because neither could hit an ace.
 
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