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Players You Appreciate/Respect More in Hindsight

Someone mentioned Tim Henman the other day, and I found myself respectfully looking back on his efforts and achievements. The irony of it is that I couldn't stand him while he was actually playing. In MTF terms, I thought he was a mug. It seems that's behind me now, though, and I am able to appreciate him more.


I also noticed that Roddick received a lot more love and admiration upon his retirement than he has in recent years. And something tells me that'll happen with a lot of players from the past decade in the coming years (hopefully for reasons other than nostalgia).


It got me wondering if there are players that you all are more fond of now than when they actually played.
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Re: Players You Appreciate/Respect More in Hindsight

Ferrer.

Henman was a Hen fighting men.

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Re: Players You Appreciate/Respect More in Hindsight

Ferru, Guga, Henin, Ancic

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As for Mugray, what can be said? A disgusting human being, and awful player, and a choking pushing mug. He looks like a kemo patient, bald spots, hairless legs, pasty blotchy skin, busted teeth, and an ugly, snarling face. Typical antics all came out in this match: faking injuries, grimacing and cursing, trying to peg Fed, trying to start drama, undeserved final based on an exhausted old man and a joke draw.

I'm no Fakervic fan but he needs to save tennis, sadly tree trunk legs will be fresh. Interesting he's never questioned....
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I have this nagging feeling that I will actually miss Nadal a little after he retires.

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Soderling.

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I have this nagging feeling that I will actually miss Nadal a little after he retires.
I won't. Tennis is better as it is right now, where I respect everyone's playing style. Even Murray's.
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Re: Players You Appreciate/Respect More in Hindsight

I really don't have anyone that I think I'll respect more. Maybe Djokovic but I still like him when he plays more aggressive than a pusher (happens very seldom nowadays).

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Ljubo.
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Well, all players who I supported for years. I cried when Andre retired, still miss Moya and have crazy hope than El Mago returns once.

But Henin, mentioned higher, yep. Even if TOP-10 in ATP retires tommorow, plenty of intresting players will still be playing in ATP, it is worth watching. When Justine called it a day, the whole sport (WTA) for some time disappeared with her. Only later I understood how important for tennis and really talented she was.

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this guy for sure



don't give him enough credit.

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As for Mugray, what can be said? A disgusting human being, and awful player, and a choking pushing mug. He looks like a kemo patient, bald spots, hairless legs, pasty blotchy skin, busted teeth, and an ugly, snarling face. Typical antics all came out in this match: faking injuries, grimacing and cursing, trying to peg Fed, trying to start drama, undeserved final based on an exhausted old man and a joke draw.

I'm no Fakervic fan but he needs to save tennis, sadly tree trunk legs will be fresh. Interesting he's never questioned....
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I really don't have anyone that I think I'll respect more. Maybe Djokovic but I still like him when he plays more aggressive than a pusher (happens very seldom nowadays).



Lol. To be honest i admire Nadal and his fight spirit. I will miss him once he is gone, and Olderer too. NO matter how may i dislike them now cause they are standing on the way of my fav. they are one of the best players ever in many ways. The era of good old Olderer Nadull and Faker and epics they had will be missed soon enough.

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Davydenko. I miss watching the most exciting player on tour at his peak.

Hewitt, Ferrero and Coria as well.



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Davydenko. I miss watching the most exciting player on tour at his peak.
Big one for me. I couldn't stand Denko at his peak, now I really miss him

I love all aspects of TENNIS.

Federer - The Artist
Murray - The Tactician
Nalbandian - The Ballstriker
Llodra - The S/V
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Roddick. For finally realizing that it was time to retire unlike his fellow mug Hewitt.
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Safin. Wildly talented and likable guy.
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