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Old 01-25-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years ago"

He made this statement during the Davydenko?Nando match last night. Now I know there ie part of him that has to push tennis to the audience to watch but he also played on the pro tour and watches the players now. It is interesting to see him say that.

What's your opinion on this?
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

Oh no, the old man isn't going to like this..
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

Sorry uh............no. Doesnt work like that brad. If it did you never would have cracked the top 300. Idiot with microphone strikes again!
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

No. 80 right now - Thiemmo De Bakker.
No. 15 15 years ago - Andrey Medvedev.
Medvedev >>>>>>>>>>>> De Bakker.
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

While I disagree with Brad you have to see where he's coming from. Brad got to 4 in the world with no particularly special talents other than a bit of court craft and hitting junkballs. Nowadays look at the players fighting for the top-5.
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

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He made this statement during the Davydenko?Nando match last night. Now I know there ie part of him that has to push tennis to the audience to watch but he also played on the pro tour and watches the players now. It is interesting to see him say that.

What's your opinion on this?
Todays era is stronger but Gilbert is basically talking crap massively overexaggerating.
But lets look at the facts.

From todays rankings:
77 Falla, Alejandro
78 Zverev, Michael
79 Dent, Taylor
80 de Bakker, Thiemo
81 Petzschner, Philipp
82 Gulbis, Ernests
83 Lorenzi, Paolo


From January 1995:
15 Medvedev, Andrei
16 Muster, Thomas
17 Krajicek, Richard
18 Korda, Petr
19 Larsson, Magnus
20 Rafter, Patrick

No way the the above players are better than the ones below were imo.
Thats just looks ridiculous
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No. 80 right now - Thiemmo De Bakker.
No. 15 15 years ago - Andrey Medvedev.
Medvedev >>>>>>>>>>>> De Bakker.
Not to mention some of the names that were behind Medvedev: Krajicek, Muster, Rafter, Corretja, Forget, Pioline...All slightly different calibre than de Bakker.

Gilbert is talking Makes me think Agassi had some company when getting high...
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

Exaggeration guys
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While I disagree with Brad you have to see where he's coming from. Brad got to 4 in the world with no particularly special talents other than a bit of court craft and hitting junkballs. Nowadays look at the players fighting for the top-5.
Is that an intentional invitation to the Murrayphobes?
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While I disagree with Brad you have to see where he's coming from. Brad got to 4 in the world with no particularly special talents other than a bit of court craft and hitting junkballs. Nowadays look at the players fighting for the top-5.
Sounds like Murray to me! No wonder he was hired to coach him.
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

I think he got overexcited while making what he thought was a big time observation.
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Sounds like Murray to me! No wonder he was hired to coach him.
Too slow and oh so predictable.
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Default Re: Gilbert: "The #80 ranked player nowadays is better than the 15th player 15 years

Brad Gilbert in a nutshell....While many athletes fit into the stigma of the older I get the better I used to be, Brad is in the select group of top athletes that come to the realization ..."man I really sucked!"
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Too slow and oh so predictable.
Yup. Your quick. Very quick. Faster than Murray thats for sure. If only andy was that fast and aggresive maybe he could have got to a final least year.
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