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

NatF

Bionic Poster
#51
Jesus no. That point is an abomination to tennis.
Yup. Obviously that famous Djokodal 54 shot rally had higher quality than the Simon/Monfils point but they're both similar in that neither had much aggression. Simply playing safe shots until one guy tires or hits an UE isn't 'gladiator' to me.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#52
Yup. Obviously that famous Djokodal 54 shot rally had higher quality than the Simon/Monfils point but they're both similar in that neither had much aggression. Simply playing safe shots until one guy tires or hits an UE isn't 'gladiator' to me.
I agree. For me it's the live aspect. What I mean is that I could watch the USO 2013 or AO 2012 or even AO 2011 finals when they actually happened. It's about the suspense of not knowing the result, but if you put together 7-8 mins of long rallies all in one YouTube video (and no offence meant to the OP) I'm not watching it.
 
#53
The worst thing about that point is that Simon wins it. Monfils, at least, did hit a couple of shots with a little somethin somethin on them. Or maybe it just looks like that because all the other shots have less than nothing on them.

What really would've taken the cake is if Simon also bent over after the point trying to catch his breath like Monfils. Though I think he wouldn't so much be trying to catch his breath as double checking that he's breathing at all.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
#58
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.
What am I on about? The fact that Nadal does not see himself in the light you paint. He starts from the present, takes nothing for granted, and fights to succeed. One might be the favourite for the match, but that person must deliver the goods. It's easy for fans to just assume it will happen when looking at matches on paper, but the reality is much more difficult. Nadal could not function well if he went into matches assuming victory beforehand.
 
#59
What am I on about? The fact that Nadal does not see himself in the light you paint. He starts from the present, takes nothing for granted, and fights to succeed. One might be the favourite for the match, but that person must deliver the goods. It's easy for fans to just assume it will happen when looking at matches on paper, but the reality is much more difficult. Nadal could not function well if he went into matches assuming victory beforehand.
Are there any assumptions we can make about his matches beforehand, as fans? There are many of those. ;)
 
#62
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.
I think @Mustard meant it in the sense that Rafa has suffered so many injuries/Köhler Disease related medical complications throughout his career, which I think would've been career-ending for the majority of other pro players, but Rafa still has found a way to recover and fight back.
 
#66
Just as well they were not enforcing the time limit between points because Sampras was so unfit he could hardly walk or breath.
Yeh Pete was so unfit lol.

Unfortunately for nadal (who's super fit and never gets injured) Pete would take a likening to his moonballs very much and sampras slam dunk ball after ball into nadals head, face, midriff and legs. Then nadal looks up at uncle Toni starts his moaning, calls for a medical time out (Wawrinka style 2014 Australian open final) and finally limps through to the last point where Pete has straight seted him.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
#67
What am I on about? The fact that Nadal does not see himself in the light you paint. He starts from the present, takes nothing for granted, and fights to succeed. One might be the favourite for the match, but that person must deliver the goods. It's easy for fans to just assume it will happen when looking at matches on paper, but the reality is much more difficult. Nadal could not function well if he went into matches assuming victory beforehand.


Tell us about Nadal's serve.

:(
 
#70
Yeh Pete was so unfit lol.

Unfortunately for nadal (who's super fit and never gets injured) Pete would take a likening to his moonballs very much and sampras slam dunk ball after ball into nadals head, face, midriff and legs. Then nadal looks up at uncle Toni starts his moaning, calls for a medical time out (Wawrinka style 2014 Australian open final) and finally limps through to the last point where Pete has straight seted him.
Clayqueen I look forward to your response
 
#72
Nicolas Lapentti, hm? Made it as high as No.8 in the world by sheer grit (IIRC he saved MPs in 4(!) match wins that year, 1999). For a player devoid of ATG talents, 16-2 (30-16 overall) five-setter record during his 1999-2003 prime, coupled with 9 wins saving MPs (16 overall in his career) is something else.
 

Sabratha

Talk Tennis Guru
#73
Nicolas Lapentti, hm? Made it as high as No.8 in the world by sheer grit (IIRC he saved MPs in 4(!) match wins that year, 1999). For a player devoid of ATG talents, 16-2 (30-16 overall) five-setter record during his 1999-2003 prime, coupled with 9 wins saving MPs (16 overall in his career) is something else.
He actually made it to 6th in the world. He won titles in Indianapolis and Lyon, over Vincent Spadea and Lleyton Hewitt respectively.
 
#76
Who is Tennis' true GLADIATOR?

Rafael Nadal?

Novak Djokovic?
After a grueling match between Novak and Rafa, the above question was asked to Roger and Mirka Federer and they were asked to pass a judgement. A cameraman captured their reply...



Andy and Judy Murray can be seen in the background; Andy is wearing a new model of UA hat while Judy is smelling the flowers that a secret admirer had just given to her.
 
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