Objective way to define decline - Sets/Games lost to outside top 20 players

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by kragster, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. kragster

    kragster Hall of Fame

    Jul 8, 2011
    I was trying to think of an objective way to measure decline. In general it's hard to measure the decline of a player by benchmarking against another player, because the other player's performance level is not a stationary quantity. But I think that if you benchmark top players vs a group, you probably get a much clearer picture. In particular I think benchmarking against players outside the top 20 is a great way to gauge decline.

    I would say 2 years of consecutively performing worse vs those outside the top 20 ( in terms of sets lost, not just matches lost) would be a good indicator of decline.

    I haven't pulled any numbers yet, hope someone like Mustard can do that :D
  2. DjokovicForTheWin

    DjokovicForTheWin Banned

    May 30, 2011
    Why use outside top 20? Why not just look at their W-L records for a season. Calculate the average # of losses for a 3 to 4 year window and let that decide your peak years.
  3. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Why not go simply by ranking fall?
  4. joeri888

    joeri888 G.O.A.T.

    Jan 23, 2008
    BecAuse some people suggest that competition might get stronger or weaker over time.
  5. monfed

    monfed Guest

    Ask clarky.

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