Since his name gets said here as much as anyone else, he has such a fanbase here, how about we enjoy some of his brilliance and impeccable smile?
Might be the most one-sided crowd I've ever seen in my life. Incredible atmosphere for an incredible last win!In all seriousness this is one of my favorite tennis memories ever. It was the first time I went out of my way to watch early round action and it did not disappoint.
I completely disagree. He only really showed his highest level in two events, Basel 2005 and AO 2006. He was **** poor in the years you mentioned. A bit of a flash in the pan, he was not very professional. His shape was pathetic.He was just as good or better in 2007/09. Tour just became cutthroat competitive. Didn't play much in 2008 because of injuries.
W/LI completely disagree. He only really showed his highest level in two events, Basel 2005 and AO 2006. He was **** poor in the years you mentioned. A bit of a flash in the pan, he was not very professional. His shape was pathetic.
Bolded: absolutely correct and an underrated point. That is particularly visible vs the lost gens who were supposed to supplant them: it is literally heavyweights playing against mid weights. Not sure whether they learned to play without poly: their higher SWs were definitely developed with poly in mind. They are different than the old classical style of racquets that are higher static weight and more balanced (obviously still a lot higher SW than the modern top players). Federer got shortchanged twofold in the equipment department: not only did he learn to play with smaller head size heavy racquet, but his main competitors got in just in time to utilise fully oversize racquets with poly (obviously their different racquet sponsors had something to do with it as well, especially Nadal with his APDO).belief that the Djokodal generation is so successful because they learned to play without Poly but adopted it early enough to develop suitable games, and still had high swing weights. Gen useless and NextGen came up with progressively lower swing weights and poly and you see that it’s resulted in a number of weaknesses, most easily noticeable on ROS amongst most of the top prospects.