We're clearly in an inflationary era

Is there an inflationary effect occurring with title counts and records in tennis?

  • Yes

  • Nadal is twice as good as Borg, and winning Wimbledon in straight sets at age 35 is normal


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Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
It's obvious at this point. It's not particularly weird for Roger's various records to be broken at some point, but all this talk over the last year or so of how both Nadal and Djokovic are going to overtake Fed, and the recent results tending in that direction, brings this into stark relief.
Such impressive records being threatened within the same generation by not one, but two players? Sorry, that's not a coincidence. The talent pool in tennis is clearly trending down as the new talent chases more popular and financially lucrative sports and so the top guys can hang around indefinitely with little competition. It's too strange that the three best players of all time are all playing at the same time and that time is also right now.

This isn't very recent - it started with Sampras and accelerated with Federer, before getting out of hand with Nadal and Djokovic and we can now clearly see what's happening.
I mean, Nadal can be far and away the best ever on clay and that's not weird, but 12 RGs with the next best being six? He's not twice as good as Borg. It's undeniable that there's some kind of inflationary effect here.
Federer exceeding and even Sampras equaling the Wimbledon title record, a record that was set over a century ago by a guy who only had to win one match a year (against hilarious competition) for most of his titles?

I'm not going to try and quantify it or "adjust" the numbers here as that's all cooked nonsense, and I don't want to hear about Elo ratings either, but we need some kind of rethink here.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Lol 12 RG's is just that silly isn't it? Epic :D
Even I would have laughed my ass off if you told me in 05 Nadal would win the 2019 FO.
But then again, Undertaker and Goldberg are still wrestling :whistle::whistle::whistle: #SavageJesus

 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
Lol 12 RG's is just that silly isn't it? Epic :D
Even I would have laughed my ass off if you told me in 05 Nadal would win the 2019 FO.
But then again, Undertaker and Goldberg are still wrestling :whistle::whistle::whistle: #SavageJesus

I mean he's won 12, so fair play to him, but it's nuts. I don't even know how to give context to that achievement properly. This is all I can come up with apart from the obvious congratulations he deserves for winning that many, with or without any inflation. :)
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I mean he's won 12, so fair play to him, but it's nuts. I don't even know how to give context to that achievement properly. This is all I can come up with apart from the obvious congratulations he deserves for winning that many, with or without any inflation. :)
It really is nuts when you consider how much energy Federer and Djokovic spent over the years trying to win one. Twelve. Lmao. Nadal is so epic.
 

hipolymer

Hall of Fame
Fed fans talking about inflationary eras... Oh that's rich. Fed literally won 90% of his 2003-2009 slams by beating one-Finals-wonders, or headcases like Nalbandian, Haas, Safin, Roddick, and Hewitt, who were more prone to bash their heads with their rackets and eat burgers than care about beating some tennis-obsessed savant like Fred. Goes to show that when one of them did play his peak tennis (Safin at 2005) he won

Not to mention that peak Fed was taken to 5 at Wimby by a 21 year old Nadal
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed fans talking about inflationary eras... Oh that's rich. Fed literally won 90% of his 2003-2009 slams by beating one-Finals-wonders, or headcases like Nalbandian, Haas, Safin, Roddick, and Hewitt, who were more prone to bash their heads with their rackets and eat burgers than care about beating some tennis-obsessed savant like Fred. Goes to show that when one of them did play his peak tennis (Safin at 2005) he won

Not to mention that peak Fed was taken to 5 at Wimby by a 21 year old Nadal
Very true. Guys like Berdych, Anderson, Ferrer, and Tim are much harder GS final opponents than Fraud had.
 

mightyrick

Legend
Any guy winning 12 times at a single slam out of 14 years in the era of Federer, Djokovic, and Murray is absolutely insane.

IMHO, the only accomplishment that is greater than that in tennis is Laver's 1969 season with the CYGS where he went 106-16 and won 18 out of 32 titles. We will see Nadal's 12 slam victories broken before we see Laver's 1969 season broken.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
I figure each of the big 3 have had at least 2 inflation era slams added to their tallies. That's just in the past few years due to mug gen 1 and mug gen 2, not counting how homogenization helped them in their actual primes.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed fans talking about inflationary eras... Oh that's rich. Fed literally won 90% of his 2003-2009 slams by beating one-Finals-wonders, or headcases like Nalbandian, Haas, Safin, Roddick, and Hewitt, who were more prone to bash their heads with their rackets and eat burgers than care about beating some tennis-obsessed savant like Fred. Goes to show that when one of them did play his peak tennis (Safin at 2005) he won

Not to mention that peak Fed was taken to 5 at Wimby by a 21 year old Nadal
I included Fed
 
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