Old Wimbledon grass. How would Fed and Rafa do?

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by pc1, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. pc1

    pc1 G.O.A.T.

    Jul 18, 2008
    Space/Time continuum alternative reality
    As we all know the Wimbledon grass has been changed in recent years so we can have more rallies. It's easier for players like Federer, Nadal, Murray, Roddick and Djokovic to play and win. My question is how do you think these players would do against the older Wimbledon players, like Sampras, Becker, Edberg, Borg, Connors, Laver, Nastase and Newcombe if they played on the older faster bad bouncing Wimbledon grass?

    Would they be able to adapt well or not?

    Individual matchups and theories on how they would do would be interesting.

    For example how would Sampras do against a Nadal on the old grass? What about Becker against Federer? Edberg against Murray?

    If you want you can reverse it and theorized on how Sampras would do against Nadal on today's Wimbledon grass.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009
  2. T1000

    T1000 Legend

    Jul 7, 2008
    the old fed would have a decent shot. he could play real grass tennis. imo nadal would be destroyed. sampras would kill him. roddick could win a couple of matches due to his serve, but i dont think he could win a wimby title. its hard to tell what djoko would do. he's inconsistent and no one knows if he would adapt to serve and volley. he seems like a versitle player who could adapt to any surface, but is he willing to?
  3. joe sch

    joe sch Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    Hotel CA
    Since Rafa actually plays more agressive now and has been volleying better than Roger, it would not be a surprise to still see Rafa excell on the old faster and unpredictable grass. Roger had the agressive S/V attacking game when he beat Sampras on grass, to play that older turf, so he could in theory turn back the clock and play his old game. I really think Federer needs to do so anyway since its obvious he can no longer dominate from the baseline. He needs to listen to some coaching and maybe have some more talks with Tony Roche.
  4. paterson

    paterson New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    Those western grips wouldn't so effective if the ball was bouncing low. Nadal wouldnt stand a chance standing at the baseline pounding heavy top spin groundies all day. What we are watching at Wimbledon today is not tradional grass court tennis
  5. CEvertFan

    CEvertFan Hall of Fame

    Mar 5, 2007
    NJ, USA
    Federer has already proven that he can play on the old fast grass. He beat Sampras on it. He would do better than Nadal. Severe topspin doesn't work as well on a low bouncing fast, slick grass court as it does on hard courts or clay. Borg hit with topspin but he was primarily facing serve/volley players so the ball dipped low which made the volleyer have to hit the volley from their shoelaces. There aren't really any players at the moment who are great serve/volley players. Nadal wouldn't be able to hit the severe topspin to Federer's backhand and have it bounce above his shoulder, making it very difficult for Federer to hit it. It wouldn't bounce high enough.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2009

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