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The Best Tennis Player of the Open Era

soonha
12-04-2004, 08:13 PM
I found an interesting website. To compare the performance of players in different eras, they use some statistical techniques that have been used in chess. Our Rogi is rated as 2nd best player of all time (behind McEnroe :eek: ).

I think that this system is quite reasonable and scientific, though there are a few pitfals as they admitted. I posted this in GM.

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The Best Tennis Player of the Open Era

Open Era Top 50(Dec.2004)

1 McEnroe, J. (USA ) 2543
2 Federer, R. (SUI ) 2469
3 Borg, B. (SWE ) 2456
4 Lendl, I. (USA ) 2432
5 Agassi, A. (USA ) 2396
6 Sampras, P. (USA ) 2395
7 Connors, J. (USA ) 2382
8 Becker, B. (GER ) 2380
9 Wilander, M. (SWE ) 2365
10 Edberg, S. (SWE ) 2358
11 Courier, J. (USA ) 2349
12 Roddick, A. (USA ) 2334
13 Bruguera, S. (ESP ) 2326
14 Muster, T. (AUT ) 2324
15 Korda, P. (CZE ) 2294
16 Kuerten, G. (BRA ) 2292
17 Hewitt, L. (AUS ) 2292
18 Stich, M. (GER ) 2285
19 Rafter, P. (AUS ) 2285
20 Ferrero, J. (ESP ) 2284
21 Vilas, G. (ARG ) 2281
22 Kafelnikov, Y. (RUS ) 2277
23 Safin, M. (RUS ) 2272
24 Gaudio, G. (ARG ) 2264
25 Chang, M. (USA ) 2260
26 Rios, M. (CHI ) 2249
27 Ivanisevic, G. (CRO ) 2248
28 Mecir, M. (CZE ) 2241
29 Coria, G. (ARG ) 2236
30 Noah, Y. (FRA ) 2230
31 Orantes, M. (ESP ) 2225
32 Cash, P. (AUS ) 2224
33 Ashe, A. (USA ) 2214
34 Clerc, J. (ARG ) 2203
35 Costa, A. (ESP ) 2202
36 Rusedski, G. (GBR ) 2201
37 Gerulaitis, V. (USA ) 2198
38 Krajicek, R. (NED ) 2193
39 Gomez, A. (ECU ) 2192
40 Nalbandian, D. (ARG ) 2192
41 Martin, T. (USA ) 2191
42 Enqvist, T. (SWE ) 2190
43 Moya, C. (ESP ) 2189
44 Bjorkman, J. (SWE ) 2184
45 Gottfried, B. (USA ) 2181
46 Mayer, G. (USA ) 2180
47 Philippoussis, M. (AUS ) 2180
48 Corretja, A. (ESP ) 2179
49 Nystrom, J. (SWE ) 2178
50 Johansson, T. (SWE ) 2178


Article: http://www.setratings.com/article.php?art_id=2

This article must have been written in Oct. 2004(after USO). Roger's rating at that time was 2440(less than Borg), now 2469(after TMC).

mitalidas
12-05-2004, 03:18 AM
when roddick outranks Ashe/Safin/Kuerten/Hewitt, you know something is outright dumb about this list

(No offence to you, Soona.)

intikab
12-05-2004, 05:09 AM
I didn't read thoroughly but from what I gathered, it would be more appropriate to call this list the "the best peak players". The author claims to have used a system similar to one used to rank chess players. He says that McEnroe achieved the highest rating ever of 2543(in early '85 following his amazing 84 in which he compiled a 83-3 record), but could only sustain it for 6 months. He maintained a level of 2200 for 11 years.

Roddick must have attained his peak rating of 2334 during his incredible summer run last year (27-1 incl. USO win). I can believe this run topped a lot of more accomplished players like Hewitt and Safin.

If the author had periodically taken these ratings and averaged them out over their career, then those values could have been used to come up with the "best players of the open era". For example, Mac's average rating would have been closer to 2200 (maintained for 11 yrs) than 2500 (maintained only for 6 months.)

Daniel
12-05-2004, 07:37 AM
Roger :yeah:

Fedex
12-05-2004, 07:39 AM
when roddick outranks Ashe/Safin/Kuerten/Hewitt, you know something is outright dumb about this list

(No offence to you, Soona.)
Yes, I agree.

Lalitha
12-05-2004, 02:54 PM
How come they list Pete behind Agassi??? :shout: :hysteric:

Daniel
12-06-2004, 06:34 AM
i think there is cometihng wrong with the list. Roger should be #1 :D

Billabong
12-07-2004, 03:45 AM
yep this list is strange;)!

mitalidas
12-07-2004, 06:05 PM
How come they list Pete behind Agassi??? :shout: :hysteric:

because the list is compiled by a bunch of pawn-moving checkmate-yelling nerds
who do not understand the first thing about tennis. it is really dumb

Daniel
12-08-2004, 09:51 AM
:lol: @mitalidas