Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Somewhere in space
The inconsistent generation...
Seems now that the real only consistent players over the years is Federer, with Nadal being quite consistent but still a bit young and not present in enough slams to be labelled 100% consistent.
Initially we had Safin, king of inconsistency, he used to epitomize it.
Roddick doesn't have the game to be consistent over the years, his game is too predictable.
Then came Hewitt, who lately didn't manage to keep a good level of consistency, while still in his prime.
Nalbandian is consistent overall but his lack of titles indicates that his consistency tends to disapear at semis and finals levels.
We had confidence in the claycourters, thinking that their mentality was to last...
Well, Ferrero didn't recover from some injuries, Coria "forgets" his serve motion after being the king of clay court, Gaudio is the biggest headcase exaequo with Safin, some Argies disappear because they are dopers...
Who else do we have ? Agassi is on the verge of retiring, cannot be consistent with his body, Blake and Ljubo are consistent on hard only. Davydenko can be consistent from time to time but not at top level.
The 80's were certainly not that bad regarding consistency, with basically the top 5-6 in late rounds of tournies and slams. The 90's were the begining of the inconsistency era, but Agassi and Sampras secured a good level of consistency.
"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."