Who is tennis' true GLADIATOR?

Who is tennis' true GLADIATOR?

  • Rafael Nadal

    Votes: 25 37.9%
  • Novak Djokovic

    Votes: 13 19.7%
  • Bernard Tomic

    Votes: 26 39.4%
  • Roger Federer

    Votes: 2 3.0%

  • Total voters
    66

ZiggyStardust

Professional
You said gladiator and I immediately thought of Rafa on the red clay. When you say gladiator, I think of someone whose game personifies the blood, sweat, dust and brutality of the colosseum.
Can't quite attribute that to #UltronianDoom or #SexiMasterclass.
 
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mmk

Hall of Fame
The first player to pop in my mind was Cibulkova - imagine her wearing a gladiator's breastplate and wielding a sword
 

Dilexson

Hall of Fame
For me , Novak at the end of 2015 W final and Russel Crowe's shout 'Are you not entertained?' from the film.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
The Djokovic video is just RIDiculous. I don't think he has more good "gladiator" points than Nadal but you chose a better selection of points, and it includes some set and match points which are pretty iconic.
 
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Deleted member 716271

Guest
Nadal. It was Djokovic who fell over after that long rally in 2012.
I think it's Nadal also, but Djok has won a couple of long rallies both at US...in 2011 the one in the 3rd with a backhand dtl.

And then maybe the best of all, even tho he lost the match in '13, 54 (I think?) shot rally to break Nadal, insane defense there, probably the longest rally between the 2. And the least "pushy" of them all. Insane defense from Novak there.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafael Nadal is the epitome of a tennis gladiator, rooted in grounded reality with odds against him, and determined to fight for everything
Funny.

I remember the introduction of the poly, the slowing of the surfaces and the intolerable tolerance of the offender of the rules.

Ignorant fakestorian Mustard trying to rewrite the history of the sport?

You bet he does.

:cool:
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Rafael Nadal is the epitome of a tennis gladiator, rooted in grounded reality with odds against him, and determined to fight for everything

Roger Federer is the genius artist with a majestic air regarding his tennis

Novak Djokovic is a very efficient tennis robot, who wishes he was more than that
You better slay :p
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
I think it's Nadal also, but Djok has won a couple of long rallies both at US...in 2011 the one in the 3rd with a backhand dtl.

And then maybe the best of all, even tho he lost the match in '13, 54 (I think?) shot rally to break Nadal, insane defense there, probably the longest rally between the 2. And the least "pushy" of them all. Insane defense from Novak there.
I found that rally extremely pushy from Djokovic tbh. He played like 3 outright aggressive shots in that rally. Overrated rally IMO.

Some great defense from Novak when Nadal upped the ante but 85% of those shots were rally balls for those guys.
 
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Deleted member 716271

Guest
I found that rally extremely pushy from Djokovic tbh. He played like 3 outright aggressive shots in that rally. Overrated rally IMO.

Some great defense from Novak when Nadal upped the ante but 85% of those shots were rally balls for those guys.
Lol. He was on the extreme defense for like 3 or 4 shots in a row near the end of it. I don' consider an amazing get pushy even if it's not offensive
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Lol. He was on the extreme defense for like 3 or 4 shots in a row near the end of it. I don' consider an amazing get pushy even if it's not offensive
I'm not talking about the gets near the end obviously...goes without saying. There were a lot of safe down the middle shots, most shots were hit a couple of feet inside the lines, balls dropping in the service box, repetitive in terms of the direction of the ball etc...they've played far more impressive points in my opinion.
 

Dope Reign

Banned
You guys are talking about the last rally in the in the djok video in op, yes? Most of Djokovic's shots are hot potato, 'no you deal with the ball' shots.

Nadal hit a couple of blistering crosscourts, but he didn't do too much in that rally either. The 2011 rally was better. Though I prefer the stan and Murray rallies in Nole's video.
 

SamprasisGOAT

Professional
I'll go for this order

Sampras 1995 Davis cup final, 1996 us open quarterfinals, Australian open 1995 quaterfinals, Wimbledon final 2000 seriously too many to list.
Connors
Nadal
Djokovic
Federer

I think it's petes most underrated aspect of his game
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Tomic of course, the true gladiator! How dare you insult him by comparing him with NADAL and Djokovic? ....geez!
 

Dope Reign

Banned
The answer to the question is obviously Nadal. Djokovic is the machine, a meticulously engineered, expertly maintained machine. Federer is the maestro, the great artist, the artist of many colours. From middle earth to centre court.

Nadal is the blood and guts warrior, versus the mob, back against the wall, all fist and fangs. More scars than a teen My Chemical Romance fan. He's been knocked down so many times, but he gets-back-up.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Rafael Nadal is the epitome of a tennis gladiator, rooted in grounded reality with odds against him, and determined to fight for everything

Roger Federer is the genius artist with a majestic air regarding his tennis

Novak Djokovic is a very efficient tennis robot, who wishes he was more than that
Eh, what on earth are you talking about? Nadal started out as an extremely talented tennis prodigy that started winning big titles as a teen and has been a massive favourite in 99% of the matches he has played in his career.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Eh, what on earth are you talking about? Nadal started out as an extremely talented tennis prodigy that started winning big titles as a teen and has been a massive favourite in 99% of the matches he has played in his career.
Yeah I rolled my eyes at that one...
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I find this to be an almost impossible question to answer tbh. Because "gladiator" translates to "modern era with 30-40 shot rallies" for most people. It translates to a player who looks like he's fighting more than a player who makes it look easy. As such, Nadal and Djokovic are your obvious choices, but I'd be tempted to go with someone else.

Like say Hewitt who was very "in your face" at times, but was also a guy who had much less talent (for lack of a better word) than either Nadal or Djokovic. I didn't see Borg in his time either, but he probably deserves an honourable mention, and going back to being in your face, Connors deserves one obviously.

And excuse my bias, but anyone who has 10 comebacks from 2 sets down in his career probably deserves a mention to. As do Becker and Krickstein.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
I find this to be an almost impossible question to answer tbh. Because "gladiator" translates to "modern era with 30-40 shot rallies" for most people. It translates to a player who looks like he's fighting more than a player who makes it look easy. As such, Nadal and Djokovic are your obvious choices, but I'd be tempted to go with someone else.

Like say Hewitt who was very "in your face" at times, but was also a guy who had much less talent (for lack of a better word) than either Nadal or Djokovic. I didn't see Borg in his time either, but he probably deserves an honourable mention, and going back to being in your face, Connors deserves one obviously.

And excuse my bias, but anyone who has 10 comebacks from 2 sets down in his career probably deserves a mention to. As do Becker and Krickstein.
Yeah I agree with this, I consider a gladiator as someone who doesn't give up and who loves to compete. Federer would be high up on my list, just look what he did in the 5th set of the final for an example. Nadal turning up the heat down in the 2013 FO SF would be another example, refusing to be beaten. For Djokovic I would point out the match points he's saved.


Some might consider the above a gladiatorial point...not me.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah I agree with this, I consider a gladiator as someone who doesn't give up and who loves to compete. Federer would be high up on my list, just look what he did in the 5th set of the final for an example. Nadal turning up the heat down in the 2013 FO SF would be another example, refusing to be beaten. For Djokovic I would point out the match points he's saved.


Some might consider the above a gladiatorial point...not me.
Jesus no. That point is an abomination to tennis.
 
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