It was a good read that article, though he does miss a very obvious point.
Rivalries have been a mainstay of the women's game. The top women tend to reach the later rounds more often than the men, allowing exciting matchups to develop.
Then again that's a given as the player depth is so much greater in mens tennis than in womens, that it's less likely to happen on the mens tour. What Rios said about the depth of womens tennis is true.
Do you agree or disagree that about the six listed here (Ferrero, Federer, Roddick, Philippoussis, Hewitt, Safin)
Good to see the lack of respect shown to Nalbandian and Coria is continuing and there will be other players coming through to challenge the top players and continue to make it interesting.
1. That they will make for exciting rivalries over the next decade?
Of the players listed certain combinations could have great rivalries, but as I said earlier the talent pool is so deep, that some of the best rivalries could include players like Nalbandian, Coria, Nadal and a few other wildcards not mentioned in the article.
2. Ferrero is the best on clay?
Out of that list of players that was mentioned he would be, though Safin has beaten him twice on clay and Federer is no muppet on the clay, though not to Ferrero's overall standard.
3. That Roddick will save US tennis and raise its popularity?
Well for the Americans to be interested in tennis, they need one of their own to be in top bracket of players. He is their best hope at the moment, but the other young players will need to raise the level of their games to attempt to raise its popularity, though the sporting market in the US is so different from elsewhere on the planet.
4. That Safin is the most talented of the bunch?
No, that would be Federer as the most talented, but Safin isn't very far behind at all, not many players give Hewitt a bagel ( Federer did) and on his best days he is virtually unstoppable.
5. That Roddick finally lived to his hype?
The end of the 2004 season will be a better indication of that, he has to a degree, but he has lots of points to defend and needs to improve his results away from the North American hardcourts and starting beating players consistently when the conditions aren't as suited to his style of play.