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Old 01-30-2012, 03:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: Does anyone believe Jim Courier was a greater claycourter than Federer/Djokovic?

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Originally Posted by LawrenceOfTennis View Post
Even clay courts were pretty different back then.
Federer has had to face the best clay courter in history, same for Djokovic.
But Courier had much tougher draws at the Garros, considering how many great clay courter played that time.
I would say Federer is the best out of the 3, and until Djokovic does not have an RG title, I would say Courier is the 2nd one.
What though draws are you talking about, this one?

RG 91:

R128 Derrick Rostagno (USA) 24 W 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
R64 Wayne Ferreira (RSA) 79 W 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
R32 Magnus Larsson (SWE) 46 W 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
R16 Todd Martin (USA) 243 W 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
Q Stefan Edberg (SWE) 1 W 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
S Michael Stich (GER) 12 W 6-2, 6-7(8), 6-2, 6-4
W Andre Agassi (USA) 4 W 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

Or this one:

R128 Nicklas Kroon (SWE) 216 W 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2
R64 Thomas Muster (AUT) 22 W 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
R32 Alberto Mancini (ARG) 18 W 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
R16 Andrei Medvedev (UKR) 175 W 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Q Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 9 W 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
S Andre Agassi (USA) 12 W 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
W Petr Korda (CZE) 8 W 7-5, 6-2, 6-1

(keep in mind that Medvedev was 17 years old and Muster was not great on clay at that year). Doesnt look all that impressive to me, even Feds 2009 draw was probably more difficult than both years.
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