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post #17 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 04:00 PM
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Re: Who's more talented? Hewitt vs. Courier

Originally Posted by HKz View Post
Yes, Courier wasn't as suited to slower surfaces as some other players, but he certainly wasn't an Agassi that benefited well from playing on the faster surfaces. Hewitt was clearly much more successful on the fastest surfaces in the world while struggled on clay/slow hardcourts.

Well let's take a look at who Courier lost to at Wimbledon..

1989 - 1st round Seguso
1990 - 3rd round Woodforde
1991 - QF Stich
1992 - 3rd round Olhovskiy
1993 - Final Sampras
1994 - 2nd round Forget
1995 - 2nd round Pioline
1996 - 1st round Stark
1997 - 1st round Gimelstob
1998 - 1st round Johansson
1999 - 4th round Henman

Really the only notable one was 1993 as Courier did beat Edberg along the way (and Martin if that counts). Aside from that, Stich was the only truly notable loss (Forget/Pioline/Henman were clearly not slam class). But yes, aside from the Edberg win, Courier had taken no other notable scalps as far as I can remember.
Certainly losing to Gimelstob is embarassing on any surface, at any time. But you have to remember that COurier´s career at the top was really short, it was pretty much from 1991-95, on any surface. His downhill was really quick. So if we look at that period, only the loss to Olhovskiy seems like a bad one, Stich, Sampras, Forget and Pioline were all excellent players.
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