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Best/worst players under pressure?

While I was watching the Davis Cup Final, I was thinking about how Mario Ancic was one of the last players I'd want playing the deciding rubber of the finals of the Davis Cup (although he won, and I'm happy for him). So this prompted me to ask this:

You’ve bet your entire life savings on the Davis Cup finals. It's the fifth set of the deciding rubber, and the player you bet on is serving at 5-6 15-30. Who would you want your player to be? Who wouldn't you want your player to be?

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Safin Gasquet
Ljubicic Moya Mirnyi
Robredo Nadal Gonzalez Ancic
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Roddick is the worst, did you see the match vs Ljubicic in round one of DC, that 5th set, wow.
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Roddick is the worst, did you see the match vs Ljubicic in round one of DC, that 5th set, wow.
You are a moron, if you cant realize that every player has choked or played a stinker at some point in his life.

Pointing the finger at roddick is plain idiotic. He isnt the best, but nowhere near the worst under pressure especially with that serve of his.
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Re: Best/worst players under pressure?

Wouldn't want:

Ljubicic

Ancic

Mathieu

Nalbandian

Coria

Gaudio

Stepanek

Kiefer

Henman

Malisse

Blake

Would want:

Hewitt

Nadal

Safin

Bjorkman

Philippoussis

Lappenti

Novak

Hrbarty

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You are a moron, if you cant realize that every player has choked or played a stinker at some point in his life.

Pointing the finger at roddick is plain idiotic. He isnt the best, but nowhere near the worst under pressure especially with that serve of his.
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I am no fan of roddick neither.

BTW congrats on the davis cup win, your nation should be very proud
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Re: Best/worst players under pressure?

Worst: Hewitt, Agassi, Lisnard, Henman
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I am no fan of roddick neither.

BTW congrats on the davis cup win, your nation should be very proud
Roddick has had alot of chances under pressure, few GS finals and SF and DC FINAL and the 1st round DC, he didnt win.

well since people will bring up Ljubicic for some reason, he has not had many under pressure situations. Madrid was semi-pressure. Paris was nothing at all, he knew he was in TMC with safin out. even with lose he was in. Davis Cup final was 4th rubber, not 5th and his team was up 2-1, thanks to him getting 2 wins. singles and in dubs he stepped up when mario was down.
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Re: Best/worst players under pressure?

Federerthebest's list is quite good

I like Agassi on critical points too, and Dent has been coming through

Mirnyi, Robredo, Youzhny, and Grosjean have really fucked up some high-pressure situations

Choosing Roddick at 5-6, 15-30 in the 5th is not bad -- his serve gets him out of jams, and he's usually good in tie-breaks, though that's been a less reliable part of his game lately

Pioline, now that guy could choke

Will be interesting to see how many people wouldn't want Federer
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Roddick has had alot of chances under pressure, few GS finals and SF and DC FINAL and the 1st round DC, he didnt win.

well since people will bring up Ljubicic for some reason, he has not had many under pressure situations. Madrid was semi-pressure. Paris was nothing at all, he knew he was in TMC with safin out. even with lose he was in. Davis Cup final was 4th rubber, not 5th and his team was up 2-1, thanks to him getting 2 wins. singles and in dubs he stepped up when mario was down.
yes but consider roddick's opposition compared to ljubicic.

roddick had to play federer a bunch, lleyton a bunch. Its not abt pressure, he aint good enough sometimes.

The fact that roddick came close to federer, the supposed greatest ever on grass speaks volumes to his ability despite losing all the time.

i agree roddick has lost his confidence and isnt as good in pressure situations.

But consider that ivan is playing his best ever, his mental focus is letting him down. When roddick was #1, he didnt lose close matches. Ljubo shouldnt be losing the way he does when he is playing his best tennis right now.

The point isnt that ljubicic is worse than roddick, but that you probably cant compare the two, because one is on rise while the other is well...who knows
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I'm not a fan of Roddick either, but you have to acknowledge he's one of the most consistent title-earners on tour

He's not really a choker -- he just doesn't have the game of Federer or Hewitt, and were it not for those two he'd have a few more Slams

Likewise, Hewitt would have a few more if not for Federer

The question is about high-pressure situations, not being outplayed in Finals matches
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Re: Best/worst players under pressure?

Best: as much as I don't wanna say it, Hewitt. When he plays Davis Cup, or anything for the aussies, he gets so worked up and her hardly ever loses. Also Nalbandian, i think his big matches he comes up to the mark. This can be seen especially in Davis Cup, Grandslam events, and the final of the Masters Cup against Fed.

I don't think you just have to back the best players because you know they'll always play well, but also the ones that you know will play with heart. I dunno.... thats just the way i see it.
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Re: Best/worst players under pressure?

best : Federer
worst: Safin... he throwes stuff , breaks other stuff ... etc

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worst: Safin... he throwes stuff , breaks other stuff ... etc
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Re: Best/worst players under pressure?

Hewitt or Nadal. They're not my favorite players but they are good bets for important matches, especially ones that they're expected to win. I admire their mental strength, although not their game.
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