Rivalries that people predicted to become huge, which never really materialized

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by grafrules, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. urban

    urban Hall of Fame

    Apr 22, 2005
    Von Cramm vs. Nüsslein would be a fine rivalry. The only pro-am match at Blau-Weiss Berlin was won by von Cramm in four sets. From all the pre WW II players i have seen on clips, von Cramm had imo the most modern style, alongside Vines. I must say, that i haven't seen much of Nüsslein. In Germany, most experts like Menzel or Kleinschroth rated von Cramm as the best German pre WW II. In the 30s i find it extremely difficult to rank amateurs and pros combined, since the mid 50s it is easier to rate the top pros over the top amateurs. Von Cramm and Nüsslein would have been a fine Davis Cup team, to challenge the Brits and the US: von Cramm other companions had quite short careers, Daniel Prenn went into exile very soon, and Henkel, who died on the Eastern front, wasn't yetl at his peak, when the war began.
  2. BobbyOne

    BobbyOne G.O.A.T.

    Jul 15, 2012
    Yes, some experts ranked von Cramm over Nüsslein but others did it reverse.

    Ferdinand Henkel, brother of Henner, said after the match of von Cramm against Nüsslein that Nüsslein would win 8 out of 10 matches. Ferdinad was the general secretary of German tennis Federation.
  3. kiki

    kiki Banned

    Feb 17, 2010
    That is also a good non developed big rivalry.Great contrast of styles and personalities, although Wilander was climbing while Connors was declining, but still 3 or 4 years of a possible great rivalry (1982 to 1985)

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