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Men's tennis is in great shape

Honestly, I can't recall any period where men's tennis was as exciting as right at this moment, and I have been following the sport (on and off) for about 25 years.

We have no less than three players competing for the top spot. And they're not at the top because of a few "fluke" wins. They're at the top because of stellar results over a 52 week period. Infact, the lowest ranked of the three, Novak Djokovic, now has so many points that he would have been ranked #1 in most cases in the past.

Also, the three are not only stellar performers, they're also very different. We have the incredible artist, who can do things no other player in tennis history have been able to and who seems to be making history every time he steps on a court. We have the physical wonder, the ultimate grinder and probably the greatest clay-courter of all time. And finally and we have the up and coming fast court baseliner with no apparent weaknesses in his game.

Add to this a legion of players and young up-and-coming players who are determined to make life difficult for the top 3 and you have a dream scenario. If people don't want to watch men's tennis now, they're never going to want to watch men's tennis.

The only period that gets close to this is the sadly brief period where Sampras, Agassi and Muster competing for the top honors. Sadly Agassi and Muster faded fast. That won't happen this time.

This is an amazing period in men's tennis. Enjoy it while it lasts.
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Borg, Connors and McEnroe?
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There have been many great times in tennis in the last 25 years and this isn't better than most of them.

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No, this is not an amazing period of the game.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I don't see how it can be in good shape when it has James Blake in the top 10.
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I don't see how it can be in good shape when it has James Blake in the top 10.
Well it has improved with the exit of Boredo (although I have nothing against him personally).

Actually, Boredo > Blake...so Blake being in top 10 over Boredo perhaps isn't such a great thing.


To reply to the thread itself...I'm not really familar with tennis pre-1996. I guess I enjoyed more the Sampras, Agassi, Kuerten etc era.
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I personally find it pretty awful, I am not really enjoying tennis at the moment. I loved it from 1995-2004, but for me it is going downhill.

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IMO, men's tennis is in crisis.

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IMO, men's tennis is in crisis.
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IMO, men's tennis is in crisis.
I'd be interested in an elaboration on this (especially as I don't really have an opinion to this effect)? You're one of the most knowledgable posters here, and I always enjoy reading your comments. Thanks.
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Well it has improved with the exit of Boredo (although I have nothing against him personally).

Actually, Boredo > Blake...so Blake being in top 10 over Boredo perhaps isn't such a great thing.
On Monday neither Boredo or Blake will be in the Top 10
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On Monday neither Boredo or Blake will be in the Top 10
Well, I don't know what to say.

I don't dislike either of them, although I quite enjoy watching Blake play (yep, not the right thing to say on MTF ), while Boredo...well, not really.

I'm not sure having Berdych replace Blake in the top 10 is particularly great, either.
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The politics of the game and what is planned for the future doesn't make it look good no matter how good it is on the court.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I somewhat agree with the thread starter, the quality of competition is pretty high at the moment, especially on the hard courts.

However I don't see the future of men's tennis being too bright under the current leadership of Mr. Disney and co.
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The politics of the game and what is planned for the future doesn't make it look good no matter how good it is on the court.
I don't think that's true at all. I am not under the impression that this is an amazing time in tennis (though it's not the opposite either) but the way the game is run will not ruin tennis. It may make things worse, make things less exciting in some instances but at the end of the day the quality of tennis played by players on the court IS the thing that will overide it all.

Obviously you enjoy your specticism a lot and that's fine but for 99% of tennis fans (including those who understand the game well) what matters is watching tennis and enjoying the match rather than the layout of events, the politics of the game can only be more important than the tennis if you aren't enjoying the tennis anymore and if that's the case then it shouldn't matter anyway.

What I mean to say is this. Disney can chnage the name of events, change importance of events to favour one surface or to favour bigger names. At the end of the day the best players will always come through and sport is meant to be a tough road. At any rate, regardless of the extent that thse things matter to you if you really enjoy tennis you will forget all about it when you see Hewitt win over Baghdatis at 4.30am or when you watch Janko Tipsarevic push Roger Federer to 8-10 in the fifth.

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