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If Laver, McEnroe and Nadal weren't lefties....

Black Adam
05-02-2010, 08:20 PM
.. would they have been such greats?

I recon they would still have won slams and all but not as many. I guess Nadal would have a more even head-to head with Federer.

Thought?

M4RC
05-02-2010, 08:28 PM
They are. End of the story. There's no need to discuss this.

Filo V.
05-02-2010, 08:48 PM
J-Mac and Rafa probably wouldn't be as effective, but at the same time, natural talent is natural talent regardless. I think Laver is just that special for it not to matter.

Persimmon
05-02-2010, 08:49 PM
Fed would have a positive H2H with Nadal.

andy neyer
05-02-2010, 08:53 PM
I've often wondered whether Nadal would have been a better player had he used his natural hand to play tennis. Uncle Toni once said he would probably had a better serve...

In any case, it's impossible to know. Maybe he'd be a better player or maybe just the contrary.

Jimnik
05-02-2010, 08:55 PM
So Rosewall, Borg, Connors, Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Becker, Sampras, Agassi and Federer would have even more slams if they were lefties?

Surcouf
05-02-2010, 08:56 PM
If Federer was lefty, would have he won a slam????

Pointless question.

Persimmon
05-02-2010, 08:56 PM
Connors is a lefty.

Primus
05-02-2010, 09:16 PM
...they would be righties.

azinna
05-02-2010, 11:58 PM
Laver and Nadal: the right bicep would be the bigger one
Mac: he'd still have puny arms

Black Adam
05-03-2010, 12:14 AM
...they would be righties.
You don't say Captain Obvious.

But results wise, serve-and-volley players like Laver and McEnroe would have lost a key advantage of their game and probably would have fewer slams, not taking a lot from them.

For Nadal, he would bully less the backhand but he's a natural rightie and one can assume his serve would have been more dominant. I guess he'd still have the same results.

MacTheKnife
05-03-2010, 02:12 AM
Would federer have 20 or more slams if HE WAS a lefty ??

DualMedia
05-03-2010, 03:11 AM
lefties are tricky!! everything is opposite to what righties do!

Tutu
05-03-2010, 09:58 AM
It's stupid putting Nadal in this thread because he isn't even a natural leftie.

Either way, it's a pointless discussion. You could say the same about any part of any player's game. The bottom line is, most of the top players' games are abilities that they were born with. Whether it be being left-handed, a great serve, great timing, great movement etc. Of course they had to work hard to refine these abilities and work on skills they couldn't naturally master. But you make it seem as if being a lefty is an unfair advantage -- if it is then so is Federer having one of the best forehands in the world.

Commander Data
05-03-2010, 10:10 AM
I don't think it factors in that much really. Federer for example, would probably still have lost those RG Finals against Nadal, I think.

Acer
05-03-2010, 10:22 AM
It's stupid putting Nadal in this thread because he isn't even a natural leftie.
Um he plays like one so it's not stupid at all to include him in this discussion.

ReneP
05-03-2010, 11:39 AM
How many slams and MS would have won David Ferrer would have he been leftie ?

Commander Data
05-03-2010, 11:56 AM
How many slams and MS would have won David Ferrer would have he been leftie ?

0, hope this helps.

ReneP
05-03-2010, 11:58 AM
;-)

Commander Data
05-03-2010, 12:07 PM
:d

thrust
05-03-2010, 02:38 PM
They are. End of the story. There's no need to discuss this.

WRONG! In Laver's day, being a lefty was a great advantage as they were very rare. Natural lefties like Rosewall and Court were forced to switch because it was considered improper to play left handed back then. I have read that had Rosewall played as a leftie, he probably would have had a much better serve.s I also think it helped Nadal and McEnroe to be lefties. It does not detract from their accomplishments, but it is a natural slight advantage.

kafemotor
05-03-2010, 06:02 PM
.. would they have been such greats?

I recon they would still have won slams and all but not as many. I guess Nadal would have a more even head-to head with Federer.

Thought?

Then again, IF...

What amaze me though is somebody like Nadal chooses to play with non-dominant hand which is not easy at all and still conquers most of the field...;)

HKz
05-03-2010, 11:20 PM
lefties are tricky!! everything is opposite to what righties do!

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