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One of the records that had been tested both at the USO and at the Australian Open this year is an all-time record, that is unlikely to ever be equalled again. Marin will likely be 32, and the youngest slam winner.

Neither war managed to challenge this record either, as younger players won prior to the wars, and they either continued to win after, or were replaced with other players.

The previous all-time record was just 28.

Will any of us here live to see this record challenged again?
 

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Jeez dont tell him... he might snort his way to expulsion
 

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If we remove the Big 3 - specifically Djokovic and Nadal - we would have many new slam winners on a yearly basis, but that wouldn't make the competition better.

Ronaldo and Messi are still the best at what they do in their mid-30s, in a sport with far more competition than tennis. It is normal when multiple GOAT contenders play at the same time.
 

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If we remove the Big 3 - specifically Djokovic and Nadal - we would have many new slam winners on a yearly basis, but that wouldn't make the competition better.

Ronaldo and Messi are still the best at what they do in their mid-30s, in a sport with far more competition than tennis. It is normal when multiple GOAT contenders play at the same time.
Of course the big 3 make it difficult for the rest, but neither of them is still as good as in their prime. If LostGen had a few players of the calibre of Del Potro, Cilic, Wawrinka, Berdych, Ferrer or Tsonga, for sure they would have won at least a few slams.
 

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Of course the big 3 make it difficult for the rest, but neither of them is still as good as in their prime. If LostGen had a few players of the calibre of Del Potro, Cilic, Wawrinka, Berdych, Ferrer or Tsonga, for sure they would have won at least a few slams.
That is impossible to say. The greats are able to add in other places when they lose in some other areas - constantly evolving themselves to remain on top of the game. Djokovic and Nadal have done that (especially Djokovic, who is the alpha male of the decade).
 

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I mean I know it is aggrivated due to covid now, but it is pretty sad that the youngest Slam winner is someone aged 32 -- note also that no one born in the 90's even has won a Slam in the 10's which could've really been a big breakthrough if Domi had won the AO.
 

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Yeah this is one of the most insane records of the current tour that really shows the stagnation of slam winners. The tour shutdown may extend this record even longer but even for the youngest slam winner to break 30 was ridiculous.

Another stat that puts into perspective the lack of slam breakthroughs from an entire generation is that the youngest player to have won more than one slam is Djokovic, who won his first slam over 12 years ago and became a multi slam winner over 9 years ago, and is days away from turning 33. Even if, say, a 24 year old had a random good run and replaced Cilic as the youngest slam winner (the fact that it only takes one good run is one of the reasons it's so surprising it hasn't happened yet), until someone consolidates it with another win it will still mean that there are basically no consistent champions younger than the Big 3.

As for whether the record will be challenged again... well, it depends specifically which record we're talking about. If a player a year or two younger than Cilic wins a slam then holds the position for a year or two then the record would be broken - that might not happen, but even if it does I don't think it would feel that significant because it would still really be the same generational gap we're seeing. Bigger question is if we will ever go as long with the "age of the youngest slam champion" stat not dropping below 25 as we get on this current streak, or if it climbs back above 30 after it drops own below 25. I think it will be a long time before we see something like that happen.
 

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It's an absolutely crazy stat and sums up Gen Useless. Yes the Big 3 are playing well but the 24yo versions of themselves would win convincingly. This is why the Big 3 won't be universally accepted as GOATs because ppl will say their Slam totals are inflated.
 

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It's an absolutely crazy stat and sums up Gen Useless. Yes the Big 3 are playing well but the 24yo versions of themselves would win convincingly. This is why the Big 3 won't be universally accepted as GOATs because ppl will say their Slam totals are inflated.
Athletes are not just judged by their peaks...they're also judged by their sustained excellence. Messi, Ronaldo, LeBron, etc. may not be at their peaks in their mid-30s, but they are still the best at what they do, and nobody would dare say that football and NBA have weak competition.
 

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It's an absolutely crazy stat and sums up Gen Useless. Yes the Big 3 are playing well but the 24yo versions of themselves would win convincingly. This is why the Big 3 won't be universally accepted as GOATs because ppl will say their Slam totals are inflated.
Or it sums up Gen GOAT?

No way of knowing yet.

And yes, the Big 3 ARE universally accepted as GOAT's, lol.
 
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