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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

in terms of achievements: kafelnikov has 2 GS and 1 Olympic Gold Medal.

There's no point in comparing them...

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

so far Kafelnikov no doubt about it

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Not the PMK.

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

There is a reason he's known as PMK.
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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

To stop being PMK, Kolya needs to win at least a couple of GS plus a Gold Medal and then, when he retires, he has to win the Poker World Championship. Only when that happens he will not only stop being PMK but Kafelnikov himself will begin to be known as the real PMK - Poor Man's Kolya, that is.

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

PMK is more explosive but Yevgeny had a much better two hander and better mental toughness. Also holds the edge on the three main surfaces although he wasn't that great himself on grass.

That said PMK has a chance of emulating his slam wins, or getting at least one.

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Davydenko is a better mover

In the rest of depths (ROS , serve , backhand , forehand , volleys , variety , achievements , intelligence , guts , nacionality , Golf and Poker skills) Kafelnikov hands down

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Kafelnikov.

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Kafelnikov for today

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Zhenya was my favorite player in the 90's Incredible shotmaker and very steady baseliner - Kolya is a better mover, but he is also much smaller and is much more prone to mental breakdowns

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Zhenya was incredibly lucky with what he has won..
To think of that.. He never faced any his era greats on his way to his biggest titles.
RG-1996, three Wimbledon champs Krajicek-Sampras-Stich - from QFs on. Not a single accomplished claycourter. And Blanco, Johansson, Mantilla, Clavet before that. No Muster, no Agassi, no Bruguera..
AO-1999, Martin-Haas-Enqwist from QF on.. And Bjorkman-Stoltenberg-Courier-Pavel before that. And "Thank you, Pete, for not coming" in acceptance speech.
Incredible draws.
Davydenko never had the luxury of such draws. That's about the only difference. Not counting Masters titles 6 to 0 or something like that. But the way it stands , Kafelnikov is bound for Hall of Fame and one of his era greats, and Davydenko is , well, pretty much still a nobody.
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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Comparing them:

Serve- Davydenko. Davydenko developed a pretty big serve by the late 2000s. Kafelnikov never had a good serve.

Return- Davydenko. Davydenko is one of the best returners of the last 20 years.

Forehand- Davydenko. Davydenko has a much more punishing and reliable forehand.

Backhand- Kafelnikov. Yevgeny had one of the best backhands when he played.

Net- Kafelnikov.

Movement- Davydenko.

Mentality- not sure.

Ovearll Davydenko is the better player. Kafelnikov won 2 slams since the draw fell apart for him. He couldnt even win a Masters title. Davydenko would have won both slams Kafelinkov won with the same draw. Kafelnikov would never win a slam in this era.
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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Davydenko is the better player. Kafelnikov lucked out in a weak era.

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Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov

Better in what? better at peak level DAvydenko , better career by far Kafelikov.
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