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Nadal RG 2008 was unworldly. Keeping Verdasco, Almagro and Federer to 3,3 and 4 games respectively is creepy. Djokovic was aweseome to force a tiebreaker.

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definately Borg at the French in 78 Nothing can ever beat that

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Djokovic at the Australian Open 2008 was clinical also, just lost a set against a Tsonga out of his mind :

R128 Benjamin Becker (GER) 81 W 6-0, 6-2, 7-6(5)

R64 Simone Bolelli (ITA) 70 W 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

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Q David Ferrer (ESP) 5 W 6-0, 6-3, 7-5

S Roger Federer (SUI) 1 W 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(5)

W Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 38 W 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(2)
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As AJ mentioned, I think there is a difference between greatest slam performance and most dominant slam performance. The quality of the opposition has to be taken into account as well.

Nadal's 2008 RG is of course great and Borg's RG runs as well. But then we also have Federer AO 2007 and IMO Federer USO 2004 was also great. Then we of course have the epic Edberg USO 92, which to me is probably the most impressive Slam performance that I know of.

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Djokovic at the Australian Open 2008 was clinical also, just lost a set against a Tsonga out of his mind
And yet he lost 72 games. Borg managed 29....impressive!

BTW, 72 games is exactly the same as Federer lost in AO the year before.
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RG 2008 and 2012 were pretty amazing. I mean this year Nadal crushed all his opponents untill the final and i think Nole would've beaten anyone that day but not Nadal
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Borg in '78 was dominant - it was a question of how few games opponents would win. And he played in the era of true clay court specialists too (and Vilas who himself had an impressive clay court record but was thoroughly dominated by Borg).
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Nadal's RG '08. It was the greatest slam performance in the history of the sport.
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Nadal's 08 was dominant but Fiasco and Almugro were beyond pathetic.

I thought his 07 was more impressive- a better version of Federer, a bigger destruction of Nole and a murdering of a former RG champ in Moya.

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sampras: wimbledon 1997

just clinical, from the 1st round, all the way to the final. his best performance on the grass
Gee, I would hope so. He only had to play one player inside the top twenty in a fading Becker.


Anyway, I would say, based on what I've seen of it, it would be Borg's '78 FO, followed closely by Nadal's '08 RG.
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Nadal's 08 was dominant but Fiasco and Almugro were beyond pathetic.

I thought his 07 was more impressive- a better version of Federer, a bigger destruction of Nole and a murdering of a former RG champ in Moya.
Really? Huge margins are always a little bit of both (great play from one player and poor play from another) but generally Nadal's level in 2008 was imo, a long way ahead of 2007. I personally think Nadal was pretty much as good this year as he was in 2008 as well, he only lost a set this year because Djokovic is a much greater player now than he was (or Federer was) circa 2008.

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Gee, I would hope so. He only had to play one player inside the top twenty in a fading Becker.


Anyway, I would say, based on what I've seen of it, it would be Borg's '78 FO, followed closely by Nadal's '08 RG.
can't use rankings to determine how strong a draw is

in those days, the biggest threats on grass were often unseeded

but you would know that if you had watched tennis back then
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can't use rankings to determine how strong a draw is

in those days, the biggest threats on grass were often unseeded

but you would know that if you had watched tennis back then
That first and last line are priceless coming from you.

Actually, I've used those former two arguments on more than one occasion. I concur, some of the better grass court players resided outside the top rankings, which was a prevalent trend until around 2007.


Still, it doesn't excuse your inflation of '97. Becker, despite a great effort, was simply a shell of his former self by that year. Woodbridge was an also-ran, making his one strong Singles performance at Wimbledon in the 9 years he'd been on tour by that time. Pioline was Sampras' own shut-out man, whom he routined on every surface.

It really came down to dope king Korda, who played exceptionally well. Grabbing the early break, Sampras served outstandingly in that last set to take him out.

That match aside, I would hope he looked impressive.

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That first and last line are priceless coming from you.

Actually, I've used those former two arguments on more than one occasion. I concur, some of the better grass court players resided outside the top rankings, which was a prevalent trend until around 2007.


Still, it doesn't excuse your inflation of '97. Becker, despite a great effort, was simply a shell of his former self by that year. Woodbridge was an also-ran, making his one strong Singles performance at Wimbledon in the 9 years he'd been on tour by that time. Pioline was Sampras' own shut-out man, whom he routined on every surface.

It really came down to dope king Korda, who played exceptionally well. Grabbing the early break, Sampras served outstandingly in that last set to take him out.

That match aside, I would hope he looked impressive.
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reason i brought up sampras in 97 wasn't because of opponents

was because of his level of play

i did not see a higher, sustained level of play from sampras across any of his wimbledon runs

maybe there was individual matches, but across a tournament, wimbledon 97 was one of his best
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Really? Huge margins are always a little bit of both (great play from one player and poor play from another) but generally Nadal's level in 2008 was imo, a long way ahead of 2007. I personally think Nadal was pretty much as good this year as he was in 2008 as well, he only lost a set this year because Djokovic is a much greater player now than he was (or Federer was) circa 2008.
He was strong but both Almugro and Fiasco must have had 100 unforced errors between them from those two matches.

Sure, he was the boss man, but I thought given the opposition was better in 2007, I was more impressed there. He defeated Nole 7-5 6-4 6-2 (an absolute crushing of a scoreline) and Djokovic just had no way of hitting through him at all, it was a mincing of brutality. Of course he's better, fitter and more experienced now but it was still a beatdown for Nole.

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