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Old 12-26-2011, 04:54 PM   #16
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Default Re: Who's more talented? Hewitt vs. Courier

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Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
I wouldnt say Couriers game was that suited for slower surfaces. It´s easy to say that because of the two RG´s titles, but he definitely wasn´t like the clay court grinders of that era. He hit relatively flat, and he was much more succesful on hard courts. Excluding the two RG-titles, he only won three other titles on clay.



You have to remember that Courier made it to the WImbledon final in an era where he had to play against serve/volley-players like Sampras, Becker, Ivanisevic, Krajicek, Edberg etc, when they were at their prime, and grass was actually fast. That´s quite an accomplishment. Hewitt as a counterpuncher enjoyed playing in an era where the best serve/vollyers were already retiring and grass was getting slower. If prime Courier and prime Hewitt played against each other on fast hc or grass, i´d give Courier the edge, because he was the more active one of the two.
Yes, Courier wasn't as suited to slower surfaces as some other players, but he certainly wasn't an Agassi that benefited well from playing on the faster surfaces. Hewitt was clearly much more successful on the fastest surfaces in the world while struggled on clay/slow hardcourts.

Well let's take a look at who Courier lost to at Wimbledon..

1989 - 1st round Seguso
1990 - 3rd round Woodforde
1991 - QF Stich
1992 - 3rd round Olhovskiy
1993 - Final Sampras
1994 - 2nd round Forget
1995 - 2nd round Pioline
1996 - 1st round Stark
1997 - 1st round Gimelstob
1998 - 1st round Johansson
1999 - 4th round Henman

Really the only notable one was 1993 as Courier did beat Edberg along the way (and Martin if that counts). Aside from that, Stich was the only truly notable loss (Forget/Pioline/Henman were clearly not slam class). But yes, aside from the Edberg win, Courier had taken no other notable scalps as far as I can remember.
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