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Yes if such a thing happened, this will be known as the greatest era because of two great champions 33 61.11%
No way. Both are benefiting from overall weaker fields. 21 38.89%
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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Is this the best tennis era ever?

"This maybe the best tennis has ever been", "The game is the deepest it's ever been"- P. McEnroe.

With Federer and Nadal struggling, is the field getting that much better, or are these guys getting worse? It seemed to me like Berdych (only seeded 12th) play amazing and Federer didn't play any worse than he has been. Soderling, ranked 6th, has been on fire an we've seen him take out Rafa in RG '09 and Federer in RG '10. Murray is consistently getting better and can beat anyone and Nole is always a feared opponent and can beat anyone. Davydenko's game, even though he's been out for awhile, has improved so much over the last 5 years. Marin Cilic isn't even in the top 10 and he has the ability to beat anyone. The same with John Isner.

Their are so many guys today that can beat the top players, and many aren't in the top 10. It's not like the top 2 are just average top 2 players either. It seems like many tennis eras do not compete with this one. Thoughts?

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Re: Is this the best tennis era ever?

Fuck no.
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Re: Is this the best tennis era ever?

Not even close.

This thing has been done more times than Annabel Chong.

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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Fuck no.
Can you at least explain why? You probably can't.

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Re: Is this the best tennis era ever?

what's more mathametically plausible that MOST OF THE PLAYERS have improved or that the main duo have declined?
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Re: Is this the best tennis era ever?

No, they all play the same, two-handed backhand, big flat forehand.

Very few player willingly want to come to the net, few serve and volley if at all...
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Re: Is this the best tennis era ever?

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Is this a serious question?
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Could this end up being the greatest era in tennis when everything is said and done?

Federer currently has 16 slam titles, Nadal has 8. The second highest slams won at the moment is Sampras with 14. Let's take situation wherein, when everything is said and done, Nadal surpasses Sampras in the total slam column (or equals him). Now if we have two players from the same era and if they end up being one and two in the all time total slam titles won column (including all of the other great achievements that they manage to achieve till they play the sport like weeks at number one, ms events won, davis cup, etc. and so on)

If such a thing happened, would you think it would be fair to call this the greatest era with two all time greatest players?
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Federer currently has 16 slam titles, Nadal has 8. The second highest slams won at the moment is Sampras with 14. Let's take situation wherein, when everything is said and done, Nadal surpasses Sampras in the total slam column (or equals him). Now if we have two players from the same era and if they end up being one and two in the all time total slam titles won column (including all of the other great achievements that they manage to achieve till they play the sport like weeks at number one, ms events won, davis cup, etc. and so on)

If such a thing happened, would you think it would be fair to call this the greatest era with two all time greatest players?
Without a doubt, they would have surpassed the Sampras, Courier, Agassi, Ivanišević, Becker era.
And I think when its all said and done, Murray will have probably won a slam or two, maybe Nole one or two more, possibly Del Potro(and than we already had players like Roddick, Hewitt, Safin, etc. at the beginning) and who knows who else... So the Federer-Nadal era is turning out to be the golden age of tennis, its rewriting a lot of what was considered to be tennis history.

And if it ends with the number one and two of all time well than there is no questions asked this will be a new peak for tennis.

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i think so, and the great thing about it is not only are roger and rafa 2 of the alltime greats, but their rivalry is probably the greatest rivalry ever.
and they are such classy champions and have made tennis popular all around the world and brought in new fans to tennis.

this truly is a golden era in tennis history.
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Re: Could this end up being the greatest era in tennis when everything is said and do

Not sure..
Current field. One player knows how to play on clay. No player knows how to play on grass. Everyone knows how to play on hard. Because it is simple. Just whack the ball.
I would really love to see Nadal playing Sampras on grass. That would be fascinating. For one, I don't think all changes in racket technology or surface would make Sampras any less effective on grass.
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Not sure..
Current field. One player knows how to play on clay. No player knows how to play on grass. Everyone knows how to play on hard. Because it is simple. Just whack the ball.
I would really love to see Nadal playing Sampras on grass. That would be fascinating. For one, I don't think all changes in racket technology or surface would make Sampras any less effective on grass.
nadal would pass sampras all day long.
nadal is the greatest passing shot maker ever.
he hits passing shots from places no one even dreams of.
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nadal would pass sampras all day long.
nadal is the greatest passing shot maker ever.
he hits passing shots from places no one even dreams of.
This. , just when you think you have the volley knocked off for a winner, all of a sudden, this crazy whizzy spin of a forehand just goes right past you, that is rafael nadal's signature shot.

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I think it could be the greatest rivalry ever. Greatest era? No. Two players does not make an era.
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