Originally Posted by oz_boz
Thanks bad gambler and Juanqui L, guess I deserved that. ;-)
1) I'm not insane. But I thought it was interesting that he managed to pull out the very best in the GS's and produce crap between them. But of course, you can only count on every player reallly going for it during the Slams. And Wilander's -88 was fabulous, I agree completely (I would be insane if I didn't ;-) ).
2) He got most of the "bad" losses BEFORE he reached the #1 position. But I guess you are right about lacking motivation etc. AFTER he won USO.
By the way, I should probably mention Rafter-99 too. A fabulous year with some terrible performances.
When I said insane I didn't mean it to be taken literally only as a figure of speech.
You also have to remember that Mats had won 7 grand slams by the time he reached #1 and look at the quality of players he beat in those slams.
Besides the GS are the ones that really count- even Sampras in later stages of his career had great GS wins and some shocking results in the lesser tournaments in between.