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Least good year of modern era?

I say 2002. 2 of the worst slam winner of all time, Johansson and Costa. There wer no favoites, upsets galore and there was no established patterns. Anyone could win a slam.

what's your opinon? The least good year that you have witnessed and why.

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Re: Least good year of modern era?

Have to say 2001-2004 as well. Andre past his peak, No.1 rankings were always up for grabs (much like WTA lol). And no one was dominating, besides Ferrero, Coria, Hewitt, Agassi which were never dominant unlike the Fedal era that we have now.
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The entire period 96-02 has too many disgraces to tennis to mention. Washington and Rusedski in slam finals. Moya as the number 1 ranked tennis player on the planet. Scumbag drugs cheat Korda winning the Aus Open. Muppet Clement in the Aus Open final.
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Re: Least good year of modern era?

Clement won the Aussie Open, that's a new one.

Every year from 1969-2009.

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


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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.
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Re: Least good year of modern era?

2002

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Have to say 2001-2004 as well. Andre past his peak, No.1 rankings were always up for grabs (much like WTA lol). And no one was dominating, besides Ferrero, Coria, Hewitt, Agassi which were never dominant unlike the Fedal era that we have now.
I thought 2003 was a wonderful year for tennis, despite the lack of a clear dominating figure. There were some glorious moments for past/future legends, as well as great appearances by some underdogs. The Australian Open was notable for Agassi's last major title (which helped him reach No. 1 during the year) -- but the true entertainment value came largely from Younes El Aynaoui, who played a great match to defeat Hewitt and then an epic classic against Roddick (the American prevailed 21-19 in the fifth).

Felix Mantilla scored an impressive victory in Rome.

At the French there was a second chance for Ferrero, who had squandered his chances at the title the year before. And Verkerk's run to the final out of nowhere was bizarre but entertaining.

At Wimbledon Federer finally put his game together -- his form in the victory over Roddick in the semifinals made the commentators swoon. And Philippoussis made his way past Agassi in a dramatic 5 setter all the way to the final.

The summer hardcourt season belonged to Roddick, and for a very brief period there the idea of a budding Roddick-Federer rivalry actually seemed plausible. (Unfortunately for Roddick, the Montreal third-set win was to be his last against Federer for a very long time!)

The US Open struggled with weather issues, but it still provided some great matches, including Roddick's comeback victory over Nalbandian, saving match points in the semis. I disagree with those who say that this title was handed to Roddick, or robbed from Nalbandian... but that topic has been discussed amply elsewhere.

In the Masters Series Agassi and Federer put on an amazing and dramatic round robin match. Agassi followed this with tight victories against Ferrero and Nalbandian. And then in the final Roger turned up in incredible, jaw-dropping form -- this was really the start of his years of domination.

Well, I didn't mean to write that much about 2003, but I had fun thinking back to it.

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and Rusedski in slam finals.
You selling Rusedski short. He was a great all around player.
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Re: Least good year of modern era?

Got to love humans.

It's shit, if there are no dominant players , wah wah wah. Then when Federer and Nadal are winning everything, with the odd bit of scraps elsewhere, people zone out, because they know pretty much how it's going to end.

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


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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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Re: Least good year of modern era?

1969.

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Armstrong says in-competition testing will never catch anyone, only out-of-competition testing and the blood passport can.

Tennis has no blood passport system, and does basically no out of competition testing.

The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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Got to love humans.

It's shit, if there are no dominant players , wah wah wah. Then when Federer and Nadal are winning everything, with the odd bit of scraps elsewhere, people zone out, because they know pretty much how it's going to end.
I knew you'd say it. I thought 2002 was a very entertaining year.

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Armstrong says in-competition testing will never catch anyone, only out-of-competition testing and the blood passport can.

Tennis has no blood passport system, and does basically no out of competition testing.

The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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I knew you'd say it. I thought 2002 was a very entertaining year.
How is it not true, my statement about the dominance and the lack of dominance.

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.
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How is it not true, my statement about the dominance and the lack of dominance.
I was agreeing with you...

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Armstrong says in-competition testing will never catch anyone, only out-of-competition testing and the blood passport can.

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The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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I was agreeing with you...
Funniest about 2002 is the bitterness it seems to generate. Costa was one of the best players on clay from 1996-2000, and good enough to win RG then, but did it when not expected.

Like I said 1969-2009, all of them are fucked.

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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Funniest about 2002 is the bitterness it seems to generate. Costa was one of the best players on clay from 1996-2000, and good enough to win RG then, but did it when not expected.

Like I said 1969-2009, all of them are fucked.
And Johansson played an impressive AusOpen. His 3rd round match against El Aynaoui had some superb tennis and beating Safin in the final required some pretty good skill especially after losing the first set. But if Safin had won it would have given the tourney a better name cause people know him.

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Armstrong says in-competition testing will never catch anyone, only out-of-competition testing and the blood passport can.

Tennis has no blood passport system, and does basically no out of competition testing.

The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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Re: Least good year of modern era?

I sort of liked the unpredictability honestly.

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