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Is this Australian Open the most talented slam of the 21st century?

RafitoGoat
01-12-2010, 02:53 AM
Soderling, Del Potro and Davey are at their best (so far), Roddick and Djokovic are arguably at their best, Federer and Rafito are not but that helps level the playing field, Murray is strange, but this is the highest quality era of mens tennis since the 90s. And because hardcourt is the most universal surface, and because the US Open never has a healthy line-up, I declare this year's Australian Open the most talented slam of the 21st century!
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MalwareDie
01-12-2010, 02:57 AM
UTTER FAIL. A Slam can't be talented. I wish I had a picture to describe the train wreck that is this thread. Where does everybody get them from?

RafitoGoat
01-12-2010, 03:02 AM
translation for malwaredie: talent-filled

Sunset of Age
01-12-2010, 03:03 AM
I should really know better than reply to threads like these by now. Still I can't resist myself. :help:
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n8
01-12-2010, 03:08 AM
translation for malwaredie: talent-filled

Talented is probably not the best word to use but I definitely see your point. There are a lot of players who are coming into this event in very good (or even career best) form. Most of the Grand Slams in the second half of last decade had only two to four genuine contenders each time, but in this Australian Open there are at least six.

paseo
01-12-2010, 03:20 AM
Most competitive maybe?

abraxas21
01-12-2010, 04:00 AM
most competitive maybe... most "talented", i'm not sure. Going back just a few years ago, we had federer at his peak, safin and nalby at their peaks and other lesser talents (but still quite impressive, like Kolya and even the defensive Hewitt) at their peaks.

I truly don't think that any of the players of today's AO would fare well when compared to peak Safin, peak Federer or peak Nalby.

RafitoGoat
01-12-2010, 04:17 AM
I never felt Nalby was the real deal, even at his best I didn't believe he'd ever win a slam (and thought the Wimbledon he made final of was the weakest draw (on both sides, Hewitt too) I've ever seen. Whereas all these players near the top of the rankings could win a slam. Depends on your view of Nalby, but I just never took him seriously, and while Safin was a threat to win slams he was a lot more likely to lose, kind of like Goran. Today's competitors are both numerous and real threats!!!!1

Arkulari
01-12-2010, 04:44 AM
oh RafitoGoat, I hope you keep this form for ACC :yeah:

Kolya
01-12-2010, 04:45 AM
Shuddup.

Sri
01-12-2010, 04:49 AM
I think he means most "open" slam. No favorites. That's true. This probably is the most open slam since Roger's Wimbledon 2003.

But Australian Open traditionally has the habit of throwing up unknowns.

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Talent wise how will AO '10 be different from USO '09 or RG '10 .. unless someone really REALLY special shows up!

Sunset of Age
01-12-2010, 05:02 AM
oh RafitoGoat, I hope you keep this form for ACC :yeah:

We'll have no chance at all, you know you and me are seeds... :sad:

RafitoGoat
01-12-2010, 05:18 AM
I think he means most "open" slam. No favorites. That's true. This probably is the most open slam since Roger's Wimbledon 2003.

But Australian Open traditionally has the habit of throwing up unknowns.

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Talent wise how will AO '10 be different from USO '09 or RG '10 .. unless someone really REALLY special shows up!

No because 'most open' would be like Nalbandian/Hewitt Wimbledon, which was the weakest Wimbledon of all-time whereby Hewitt was not a lock and anyone who got hot for 2 weeks had a chance (because they were never going to run into a genius talent). This Australian Open is full of major talents, the top 10 has several players who have either won slams or likely to win a slam in future. To say its 'open' doesn't really explain how special this kind of lineup is!

Clydey
01-12-2010, 09:36 AM
I think it's the "most talented slam" of the decade.

.-Federers_Mate-.
01-12-2010, 09:48 AM
It always has been, gets better every year!

Goldenoldie
01-12-2010, 09:51 AM
I think it's the "most talented slam" of the decade.

That's a bit subtle!

Sophocles
01-12-2010, 10:30 AM
Classic thread.

barbadosan
01-12-2010, 01:57 PM
And in the far corner we have the historic Wimbledon Slam "who" will be coming out to do battle with the talented Australian Open..... Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen....

Langers
01-12-2010, 02:50 PM
I still don't think anyone will beat Roger.

I'd put the chances of winning in this order:

Federer
Nadal (not at his best but defening champion, will bring out the best in Rafito!)
Djokovic
Del Potro
Davydenko (seems to have finally turned the corner)
Roddick
Tsonga
Murray
Soderling

It's a VERY open Slam.

stebs
01-12-2010, 03:27 PM
Most open slam for a long time certainly but that hasn't got implications for the level of talent on show.

RafitoGoat
01-13-2010, 04:48 AM
I've seen a lot of 'open' slams with poor talent pools. This has more players in or around their prime than any slam for at least 10 years....

Ouragan
01-13-2010, 03:41 PM
It would have been, sadly though Santoro chose to launch his epic come-back here, so I guess the tourney's repute is a gonner now.