Re: Whats harder running a marethon or playing 5 sets over 6 hours?
This is a nonsensical question : it all depends on the level of intensity.
Let's take cycling : in the beginning of the 20th century, cyclists of the Tour de France who were badly prepared rode for 400 kms on awful roads with awful bicycles, tires on their back, and a bag.
Around 1980, they rode 250 kms with 4 high mountains to climb.
Now they ride 150 kms with only two high mountains to climb.
It looks awfully less difficult.
BUT they do it far far far quicker ... hence their need for a greatly better physical preparation ... and the need for doping.
As an cyclist says, it's les tiring when there are 4 mountains to climb, because in the first mountains, cyclists ride slowly to prepare for the next ones. When there are only two of them, there are attacks from the first one.
As for track and field, it's well-known that it's very very hard to run 400 m and 800 m, esp 400 m, because it takes everything from your legs.
Well prepared athlets can run a marathon every 2 days, I guess ... but at a slow speed, not the maximum speed they will use during a real race. At a maximum speed yes they can only run several ones in a year.
What was special about the AO final was that it was very intense physically, and that Djokovic had already played a very long and intense match 2 days before. Hence my suspicions because as Vajda said, I never expected he would finish the match like that.
And I didn't have the impression that they were so bad during the trophy ceremony.
useless old guy