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Interesting Comparison: RG 2006 vs. Wimbledon 1986

sawan66278
06-10-2006, 02:49 AM
I just thought of the uncanny parallel between RG 2006 and 1986...At both tourneys, you had a dominant #1 who was trying to win a major on a surface they had never won on before (Lendl on grass and Fed on clay)...

At both, you had a "young upstart" who burst onto the scene the year before by winning their first major at the tourney they were defending (Boris Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 for his first major and was the defending champion; Nadal won RG in 2005 for his first major and was the defending champion)...

Both defending champions were trying to prove their mettle as not simply "one-trick ponys"...Becker at Wimbledon and Nadal at RG...

Both defending champs were seeded #2 at the time...

Boris Becker went on to face down the dominant world #1 in straight sets...will Sunday prove to be as fatal for Nadal? ;)

Bagelicious
06-10-2006, 02:58 AM
Boris Becker went on to face down the dominant world #1 in straight sets...will Sunday prove to be as fatal for Nadal? ;)

I don't think that word means what you think it means...


Fateful perhaps?


Edit: Does anyone else's head hurt from the sheer amount of useless threads being propagated? I think it's my cue to exit from GM...

sawan66278
06-10-2006, 03:22 AM
Whoops...I meant to say fatal to Federer :eek:

atheneglaukopis
06-10-2006, 04:03 AM
I don't think that word means what you think it means...


Fateful perhaps?
I think someone should check the OED. ;)

admiralpye
06-10-2006, 04:09 AM
Becker's game and atiitude is different from Nadal's. He also didn't have the support group the Spaniard has.

Also, it's a totally different surface. I'm not sure how anyone can draw a parallelism from this aside from a couple of coincidences. Has Becker beaten Lendl 4 times in a row previously on his "worst surface?" Did Becker have to face the pressure of keeping up a winning streak all through that year's Wimbledon? Did the whole locker room want to see Becker go down so badly as Mr. Spokesperson Ljubicic said about Rafa? lol!

I think Rafa is more under pressure now than Becker was.

But good for Roger if he gets the GS that has been eluding him for years now. It will be about time. But I am rooting for Nadal all the way.

Action Jackson
06-10-2006, 04:10 AM
Not that interesting.