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Forum: General Messages   Today, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

It is a bit strange, but it arose in the context of trying to account for Wawrinka's throwing away his serve in the 5th set. The point I was trying to make is that despite being a better player in...
Forum: General Messages   Today, 05:21 PM
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Views: 10,090
Posted By Sophocles
Forum: General Messages   Today, 05:18 PM
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Views: 21,795
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Who Is Greater - Nadal or Djokovic?

Carpet was scrapped because the players felt it was dangerous. Several suffered bad ankle injuries playing on it.

Perhaps they should try bringing back wood. That's the indoor surface Gonzales...
Forum: General Messages   02-23-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 21,795
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Who Is Greater - Nadal or Djokovic?

Going by the numbers it's hard to pick against Djokovic. Although he's a bit behind on the most important stat - slams - he's way ahead on the 2nd most important, weeks at No. 1, plus he has the...
Forum: General Messages   02-23-2017, 08:22 PM
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Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

If Wawrinka & Federer's careers were confined to 2014-6, Wawrinka, with 3 slams, would be in the Hall of Fame, & Federer, with 0 slams, would not. Stan was better than Roger during that period, just...
Forum: General Messages   02-22-2017, 08:36 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

On the 1st point, scattered examples of realism notwithstanding (Frew McMillan is often quite good), the commentator's characteristic vice is not understatement, is it? Overhyping is.

On the 2nd...
Forum: General Messages   02-21-2017, 09:51 PM
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Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

I take your point, but I'm not sure Federer was ranked higher than Stan the whole time from 2014 to Wimbledon 2016, & even if he was, Stan was winning slams (and against Nadal & Djokovic) while Roger...
Forum: General Messages   02-21-2017, 09:42 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

I don't see why playing exceptionally well at times & being in decline are mutually exclusive. We are after all talking about the greatest player of the Open Era, whose 4-5-year domlnation of the...
Forum: General Messages   02-20-2017, 08:14 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,343
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Becker: RAFA is favourite to win RG

Well, last time he reached the A.O. final - overall, his worst slam - Nadal won R.G., but a few things have happened since, most importantly, Djoker beating Nadal at R.G. for the 1st time, & rather...
Forum: General Messages   02-20-2017, 07:50 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

I don't seem to have had an answer to this either.
Forum: General Messages   02-20-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

So if I understand you, we determine a player's peak by his results plus his level of play, which is indicated by his performances against high-level competition, and as an example of such...
Forum: General Messages   02-20-2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1,498
Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

In terms of their overall careers, Federer is far superior to Stan, but at present, Stan is a better player than Federer: he is higher ranked and has a better record in recent slams. He still,...
Forum: General Messages   02-19-2017, 06:27 PM
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Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

It was a high quality match with some superb tennis from both players, but what the highlights may not show is that Wawrinka lost the match by dumping his serve in the 5th set with bad errors. We no...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

He also keeps citing Wawrinka, who, he rightly points out, has peaked in his early thirties. But how do we know Wawrinka has peaked in his early thirties? By looking at his results, which are...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

^ Mimic, what you are quoting is saying that endurance declines more slowly than explosiveness and reflexes - clearly true - so that in any sport where endurance is increasing in importance, the...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:47 PM
Replies: 370
Views: 24,502
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Rogi: "Nadal is still one dimensional"

Well, he is 1-dimensional, because as others have said, he's superb at executing a repetitive game-plan, which is highly effective thanks to modern string technology. And of course, surface...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 638
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Rosewall and Emerson, amongst the greatest?

He didn't play for free. The "amateur" circuit was widely known as the "shamateur" circuit because of the hypocritical arrangements it involved, such as promoters betting players they couldn't jump...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 638
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Rosewall and Emerson, amongst the greatest?

Rosewall yes - Top 5 of all time. Won more "major" championships than any other man. Emerson, nowhere near; somewhere in the Top 50.
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 11,475
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Toni Nadal decided it is his last season on tour; Rafa not been told until after

I wonder if Nadal will at last be allowed to enjoy an adolescence. Shall we see him staggering out of a night-club, cigar hanging out of his mouth, with a stunna on each arm and a trickle of white...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1,498
Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

Incidentally, we shouldn't let his performance in the final overshadow what a great overall tournament Federer played. He approached every match differently. Against Nishikori he played ping-pong. ...
Forum: General Messages   02-17-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 1,498
Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

It was like that where I was too.

And I was by myself.
Forum: General Messages   02-10-2017, 11:45 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 15,617
Posted By Sophocles
Re: What if Federer ends up with losing h2h against all Big 4 members?

His H2H against Nadal got worse as Federer passed his peak years; that is not a coincidence. Against Murray he turned it round despite aging, helped no doubt by Murray's travails with his back.
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Forum: General Messages   02-10-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,050
Posted By Sophocles
Re: H2H is misleading stats. There is another way to compare players

This whole deranged H2H thing is a device to discredit Federer. Only rabid Federer-haters pretend to take it seriously. But even they know how absurd it is. Nobody, EVER, brought up H2Hs when...
Forum: Off Topic   02-10-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 912
Posted By Sophocles
Re: The devil and Roger Federer

I agree with sexybeast: it's Federer's playing style that makes him popular. He's competing in professional sport rather than a personality contest. I enjoy watching him play & couldn't give a...
Forum: General Messages   02-10-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 1,498
Views: 158,992
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO Final: Federer def Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

Great to see the Rafa fangirls working through their pain.

Or it would be, if I hadn't put all those morons on my Ignore List.
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