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Old 12-01-2012, 01:55 AM   #91
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FO starts at 11am here, Wimbledon 12/1pm and neither are during my uni period, rather during my holidays/exam season. I always wake up really late USO's 4pm - 5am schedule is perfect for me.
Isnt 11 AM slightly late ? And isnt having most of the good matches in the evening perfect for you ?
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:00 AM   #92
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Isnt 11 AM slightly late ? And isnt having most of the good matches in the evening perfect for you ?
During weekends and holidays, I usually go to bed after 5am and wake up at like 2-3pm, even later if I go out the night before. When there's a good early match at Wimbledon/RG, I have to sacrifice a few hours of my sleep, often just stay in bed, turn on the TV and stay there watching.

AO is the worst in this regard tho, my sleep is replaced by little naps between matches I want to watch during those two weeks
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How would you rank this players in terms of potential (not taking into consideration consistency, ability to stay fit, longevity, etc):

-Safin
-Nalbandian
-Federer
-Roddick
-Hewitt
-Nadal
-Ferrero
-Djokovic
-Murray
-Haas
-Davydenko
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How would you rank this players in terms of potential (not taking into consideration consistency, ability to stay fit, longevity, etc):

-Safin
-Nalbandian
-Federer
-Roddick
-Hewitt
-Nadal
-Ferrero
-Djokovic
-Murray
-Haas
-Davydenko
Very interesting question. Taking into account only their talent/ability, I'd go with:

1-Federer
2-Safin
3-Nalbandian
4-Nadal


These are clearly the top 4 to me. Nadal's ability on clay alone merits inclusion high up, even if he might not be as taented on surfaces. The other three are accepted by many/most as the three most talented tennis players of the 00s, even if two of them greatly underachieved.

5-Djokovic
6-Davydenko
7-Murray
8-Hewitt
9-Roddick
10-Ferrero
11-Haas


Djokovic is the perfect example of a player who lived up/is living up to his potential. Not quite uber talented like a Federer or Safin, but an exceptional talent himself who is extremely dedicated and supremely fit, not to mention a mental giant, and makes the most out of what he has. He's still not done yet. I mean, 5/6 years ago if you wondered how good a player Djokovic could become you'd imagine something like his current self.

Davydenko is on the other end of the spectrum here; one of the most talented shotmakers around, but no belief in himself, mental weakness. Ranking below Kolya was a bit hard, picked Murray and Hewitt because of their return of serve and amazing athletic ability, Roddick because of his huge serve. The other two, while very talented, don't have one stand out weapon so ranked them last. Below the top 3/4 (and maybe even there) it's a hightly subjective list though.
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why don't you like federer?
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why don't you like federer?
I never liked one-sided domination (tend to root for the underdog) and I started following tennis exhaustively (full season) in the years of Federer dominance, so that alone made it impossible for me to become a fan I guess.

I do respect him, his game and his achievements though. Surely the best tennis player I've seen in my lifetime.
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If there was one result in tennis you'd change in history (since you started watching it) what would it be?
Who's the better player, Moutinho or Veloso?
If Benfica played Real Madrid in the CL final who would you root for?
Rivaldo or Ronaldinho?
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Who is more talented, Safin or Nalbandian? IMO, it's Nalby by a hair but Safin obviously had greater weapons.
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1-If there was one result in tennis you'd change in history (since you started watching it) what would it be?
2-Who's the better player, Moutinho or Veloso?
3-If Benfica played Real Madrid in the CL final who would you root for?
4-Rivaldo or Ronaldinho?
1-Tough to say, unfortunately my favorite players have lost a lot of close big matches over the years I wish they had won. For Safin, I'd highlight USO 2006 vs Haas and of course AO final in 2002. But the match where I did wish I could change the outcome if I could was not that close, AO 2004 final, the title would have suited him better that year than in 2005 after such an extraordinary run. For Ancic, there's that infamous Hamburg match against Boredo and maybe also the Wimbledon semis against Roddick (although odds are he'd have lost to Federer in the final). For Del Potro, RG 2009 semis and Olympics 2012 vs Federer and DC final against Nadal. Also wish Tsonga and Berdych had won their Slam finals, but I like Nole too and Berdych never had a shot vs Rafa to begin with so... Cilic's losses to Murray in AO 2010 and USO 2012 were pretty frustrating too, as well as Tsonga's heartbreaking loss to Nole this year at RG. And I'm sure there's more...

It's hard to pick just one overall, but if forced to do so I'd maybe go with the Wimbledon 2004 semis. I'd have loved to see Ancic get a chance to play a Slam final before injury and illness terminated his career. All the other guys I mentioned either had great careers and won a Slam or still have time to do so.

2-Moutinho is better, I think. He's Portugal answer to Xavi, nowhere near as good of course.

3-Another very tough question. I'd most certainly not be watching that match; Benfica though, I have good friends who support Benfica and almost all my family does too - their reaction might be unbearable at first but I'd be happy for them. Besides, can't let Real get La Decima.

4-Rivaldo. But I'm extremely biased here, he's my favorite ever player and my hero growing up.





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Who is more talented, Safin or Nalbandian? IMO, it's Nalby by a hair but Safin obviously had greater weapons.
Safin for me, but they are both very talented and it's very close. As you said, Safin had greater weapons; amazing serve (while Nalby's has always been a liability), better FH, much more power off the ground. Nalby has a better return (although Safin's was pretty good too), better overall touch and use of angles, and his movement seems more natural, almost like Federer's.

It is very close for sure, I just feel that Safin at his full potential is that extra bit harder to stop than Nalby.
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Nalby is more pleasing to watch for me. I love Marat too but I've never seen more attractive ballstriking than Nalby's ballstriking. He is one of kind. There is almost no dull moment with him. Even when he plays crap, he is more watchable than 90% of players on the tour.

I feel really sad to see such talented player ending his career without a major. It's sad really. At one point in his career he looked even more promising than Federer to many tennis fans. I'm not even a big fan of him but I'm certainly a HUGE fan of his tennis. For me, he is the most enjoyable tennis player to watch when playing well. His game is so aesthetically pleasing.

Safin, Gonzo, Delpo and Berdych are my fav to watch among the power players.
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Nalby is more pleasing to watch for me. I love Marat too but I've never seen more attractive ballstriking than Nalby's ballstriking. He is one of kind. There is almost no dull moment with him. Even when he plays crap, he is more watchable than 90% of players on the tour.

I feel really sad to see such talented player ending his career without a major. It's sad really. At one point in his career he looked even more promising than Federer to many tennis fans. I'm not even a big fan of him but I'm certainly a HUGE fan of his tennis. For me, he is the most enjoyable tennis player to watch when playing well. His game is so aesthetically pleasing.

Safin, Gonzo, Delpo and Berdych are my fav to watch among the power players.
I agree, kind of. I was trying to make an objective talent evaluation there and Nalbandian's horrible serve (it was and still is a big liability) tips the balance for Safin imo. But I do concede that Nalby's game might be more aesthetically pleasing, when he's 'on' he's a joy to watch - he will definitely be remembered for his talent and ballstriking even without a Slam. IMO, his backhand is still the best on tour, better than Nole's (although Nole's is better as a defensive shot).

It's indeed a huge shame that such a brilliant player doesn't have a Slam while much more forgettable players have won even more than one. What he needed was JMDP's determination and work ethic; combine Nalby's talent with Del Potro's work ethic, mentality and will to succeed (and maybe his forehand) and you'd have an unstoppable Argentine tennis juggernaut, maybe even capable of toppling Federer.

Those four are awesome, I'd only add Tsonga and Ancic, although they are different - ie not strictly baseline power hitters, but more all court players, great at the net.
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Sadly we don't see this type of tennis these days. I never get bored of watching this.

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Nalbandian's BH is the best 2-handed BH of all times imo. Nole's BH is in my top 5 list for the best 2H-BH of all times.
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Sadly we don't see this type of tennis these days. I never get bored of watching this.

Yup, their TMC final in 2005 was great too. Unfortunately, the courts have been slowed down to a point where such kind of skilled all court tennis has been made almost obsolete. Defense, movement, fitness and to a lesser extent power are the attributes rewarded by today's game - percentage tennis basically.

This was great too:





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Nalbandian's BH is the best 2-handed BH of all times imo. Nole's BH is in my top 5 list for the best 2H-BH of all times.
Between him and Safin for me. Nole has the best backhand defense of all time, but it's nowhere near as deadly as the aforementioned two as an offensive shot.
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