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Similarities between 97/98 & 07/08 (a cyclical repeat)

Voo de Mar
03-23-2008, 12:33 AM
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Obviously there are many parallels (nomen omen "parallel universe") between Sampras and Federer in their careers... Look at the similarities between the same years of the various decades ->

- 1997, 26-year-old Sampras won 2 Majors, 2 Master Series and Masters Cup
- 2007, 26-year-old Federer won 3 Majors, 2 Master Series and Masters Cup

- 1998:
Australian Open: Sampras loses in QF (final: Korda def. Rios)
Indian Wells: Sampras loses in 3R (final: Rios def. Rusedski)
Miami: Sampras loses in 2R (final: Rios def. Agassi)

- 2008:
Australian Open: Federer loses in SF (final: Djokovic def. Tsonga)
Indian Wells: Federer loses in SF (final: Djokovic vs. Fish)
Miami: Federer loses in ??

The conclusions:
- "Djokovic '08" -> someone like "Rios '98"
- Djokovic is probably on the way to win combo IW-Miami '08 like Rios did it in '98
- Djokovic won Australian Open '08, Rios didn't in '98 and probably this is the reason why Rios was No. 2 at the end of 1998 and why Djokovic will be No. 1 at the end of 2008
- Exhibition match Federer-Sampras is a symbolic closure of the cycle




Mark my words in "the year of the Fish" :devil:

*Viva Chile*
03-23-2008, 12:36 AM
Rios run was not a fluke :ras:

Voo de Mar
03-23-2008, 12:41 AM
Rios run was not a fluke :ras:

Rios was for the Chileans a God that time, like Djokovic is for the Serbians now :worship: Even the same colours on the flags of Chile and Serbia :p ;) :dance:

gnaz
03-23-2008, 12:42 AM
Interesting

justClaudia
03-23-2008, 12:50 AM
very interesting.

NikolaBGD
03-23-2008, 02:31 AM
Great stuff Voo:)

Clay Death
03-23-2008, 02:33 AM
Great stuff Voo:)


whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaz up NikolaBGD?

Corey Feldman
03-23-2008, 02:45 AM
And Sampras was not 100% at the start of 1998 (like Fed in 08) , he had problems from DC Final the previous year

Sampras was pretty awful all the way till Wimbledon in 98' then pretty good after it despite hardly any titles to show other than Vienna when Becker gave him his WC.

ExcaliburII
03-23-2008, 02:52 AM
rios did not win a gs.

Voo de Mar
03-23-2008, 02:53 AM
rios did not win a gs.

Because Korda was on a juice :angel:

juninhOH
03-23-2008, 02:57 AM
there is a difference. Djokovic is talented enough to win 4-6 slams in his career. Rios wasn't

RagingLamb
03-23-2008, 04:06 AM
sorry, I don't see the connection.

CyBorg
03-23-2008, 04:33 AM
I think this would be quite okay for Federer if he won four more grand slam titles, averaging about a major per year for 4-5 years.

Clay Death
03-23-2008, 04:37 AM
I think this would be quite okay for Federer if he won four more grand slam titles, averaging about a major per year for 4-5 years.

if he fails at Wimby, additional slams may be hard to come by. somebody else owns the hard courts now.

CyBorg
03-23-2008, 05:53 AM
if he fails at Wimby, additional slams may be hard to come by. somebody else owns the hard courts now.

Are you implying that Djokovic is going to win every single hard court major from now on?

Reminds me of what some were saying after Safin won the US Open in 2000. Blah, blah, blah he's the next great one.

Merton
03-23-2008, 05:59 AM
It is too early for that.

World Beater
03-23-2008, 05:59 AM
lets not forget that joker crashed out to moya in cincy after everyone proclaimed him the future goat in canada.

JediFed
03-23-2008, 06:49 AM
Far too early.

If Nadal loses RG and Federer loses Wimbly, then sure. Otherwise, it will just be a continuation of 2005 which wasn't a bad year at all. :D

Horatio Caine
03-23-2008, 07:54 AM
Interesting Voo, thanks. :)

Hope Roger can pull himself together sooner rather than later. :scared:

Horatio Caine
03-23-2008, 07:56 AM
It is too early for that.

Sure, but I still stand by my comment two weeks ago that Nole is currently the world's best player (which many disagreed with). Even in top form, Roger would struggle to account for him now imo.

Action Jackson
03-23-2008, 08:00 AM
Sure, but I still stand by my comment two weeks ago that Nole is currently the world's best player (which many disagreed with). Even in top form, Roger would struggle to account for him now imo.

Here is the problem. Knee jerk reactions and bandwagoning are the norm. At the same time unless players retire at the absolute top of their game, then there is going to be a natural decline, this doesn't matter if it's Federer or Josh Olivas. Only question is when?

The Pro
03-23-2008, 11:24 AM
Don't forget 97/98 shot Lincoln from a theatre and hid in a storeroom while 07/08 shot Kennedy from a storeroom and hid in a theatre. :eek:

jonny84
03-23-2008, 11:27 AM
Interesting. Would be more spooky if it completley matched up.

gnaz
03-23-2008, 11:32 AM
Far too early.

If Nadal loses RG and Federer loses Wimbly, then sure. Otherwise, it will just be a continuation of 2005 which wasn't a bad year at all. :D

True

ChinoRios4Ever
03-23-2008, 07:22 PM
Rios was not a fluke. :mad:

*Viva Chile*
03-23-2008, 07:26 PM
rios did not win a gs.

and owned all argentines at that time :wavey:

Voo de Mar
03-23-2008, 07:30 PM
and owned all argentines at that time :wavey:

:lol: