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Old 10-06-2012, 06:59 AM   #31
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Slams.

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More like that comment is mostly a joke.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:03 AM   #32
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Default Re: More important for one's GOAT resume: Slams or Time Spent at #1?

At this moment in time its the no1 ranking that is harder to obtain. Delpo won a slam he's no where near no 1 and guys like Berdych, Tsonga, Soderling have been far closer to winning a slam than getting anywhere near no1.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:29 PM   #33
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In order to win a Slam, you have to win seven best of five matches against the best players in the world, you can't BS your way.
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Actually it's far easier to fluke a #1 ranking than a Slam.
Who were fluke #1 in the open era?
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Who were fluke #1 in the open era?
I'd like to know that too. I see no flukes on the list of #1s that Slasher conveniently displays in his sig.
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I'd like to know that too. I see no flukes on the list of #1s that Slasher conveniently displays in his sig.
And it was said that you cannot fluke slams
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Slams.
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Slams and level of the competition
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Slams and a surname that contains the letters, N, A, D, A and L.
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Default Re: More important for one's GOAT resume: Slams or Time Spent at #1?

Slams > weeks as #1.

When equal number of Slam wins -> weeks as #1 is a tiebreaker.
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Slams. Ask for any player and he will answer this.
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Default Re: More important for one's GOAT resume: Slams or Time Spent at #1?

I think it's harder to get the #1 ranking. You can't fluke the #1 ranking, unless you ask a Nadal/Djoko tard about Fed reclaiming it at 31 y.o.

There are many players who have won slams without being #1, while the reverse I think it's true only for Rios.
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I'd like to know that too. I see no flukes on the list of #1s that Slasher conveniently displays in his sig.
Rios was #1 without winning a major. So, he was a fluke in my opinion. Rios managed to reach one GS final (AO) and a few QF. very poor performance at majors.
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Rios was #1 without winning a major. So, he was a fluke in my opinion. Rios managed to reach one GS final (AO) and a few QF. very poor performance at majors.
So 1... There are a bunch of fluke slam winners
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So 1... There are a bunch of fluke slam winners
well you can look at it that way, if you wish. Rios is just an anomaly when it comes to #1 w/o slams plus he has an extremely poor performance at majors. just my 5 cents.
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Default Re: More important for one's GOAT resume: Slams or Time Spent at #1?

Rios stayed into the rankings 5 weeks longer than Rafter without winning any major.

IMO there is no such thing as a fluke. Rios had a very consistent 1998, during a Sampras Era. No majors won indeed, but there are 3 Masters and the Grand Slam Cup. He was number 1 twice during that year. There are many factors to why this could have happened. Points balance, adversaries and especially game consistency are amongst them.

Regarding the OQ, I say that both are the dream of every tennis player out there. When Rios became number 1, nobody in Chile cared about any GS and took to the streets. When Na Li won the French Open, all China partied. When Murray won the US Open this whole forum was talking about it. One without the other seems to be incomplete, as people here mention Rios as a fluke. Chang never got to number 1 despite winning a Grand Slam and not so many people care about him anymore.

Who would you say was better: Chang with 1 Slam or Rafter with 1 week as No.1 ? Answer this question and the OQ is also answered.

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Winning one Grand Slam = Top form for a shorter time period.
Getting to number 1 = Consistent form for a longer time period.
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