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Old 11-24-2012, 04:06 AM   #1
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Default have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

check out these highlights ::::

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msmelVjUAgY

they are absolutely insane, he was playing lightening tennis, best passing shots I've ever seen, bulleting every ball he got his racket on, serving sublimely, absolutely annihilated Sampras's biggest weapons, his serve and volleying...

have you ever seen a player play on big match with as much talent as Safin showed this day? I'm thinking of some Nalbandian, Agassi, Federer matches, but I just don't know if any reached this level. is Marat Safin @ 2000 US Open practically the max best someone can play?
thoughts?
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

Amazing indeed. Seeing Nadal on clay in his absolute peak might come close.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:13 AM   #3
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In da zone.

After barely surviving Grosjean in R3 (7-6(5) in the 5th).
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

Davydenko in 2006 against Hrbaty in the Paris-Bercy final
winning 6-1 6-2 6-2 was relentless
PITIFUL cause there isn't any video anywhere ...
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:08 AM   #5
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talented ballbasher.
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

I miss serve and volley.
And Safin too!

Nice, modest celebration for a Slam winner, hihi
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

Not that hard to outbash Mugpras.
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

I thought, from what I read constantly on MTF, that every player in Roger's era was a mug hence he was able to win all those slams.
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

You could also have chosen a peak Sampras match and asked the same question...or Nadal or Federer etc
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

Gonzalez v. Haas AO 2007. nothing tops that level of play
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

FedEx at Wimbledon 2003,very close
Nole at AO 2008,very close
Rafa at RG 2008,closest I think...

If You try to find this kind of level in particulare match,well then:

Tsonga nadal AO 2008
Gonzo haas AO 2007
NOLE monfils Montreal 2011
FedEx Hewitt US 2004 (Was it 2004?)
Soderling rafa RG 2009...

My memories are fresh from these matches...
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:33 AM   #12
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

If God came down to Earth and was given a tennis racquet fr one day - that's how he would have played Safin at his best would have bent Federer over and shafted him to death. Fact.
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

Rosol in that famous fifth set is the best ball bashing I've ever seen.
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

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Gonzalez v. Haas AO 2007. nothing tops that level of play
I was going to suggest Gonzo. Good point!
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Default Re: have you ever seen someone play better than Safin US Open 2000?

Probably one of the only rare ballbashers that had a full package game (ie. wasn't brainless, gamewise, so to speak). I miss him
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