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Let's take Nole's example. Last year he won Wimbledon for a breakthrough 2nd time. The only other Slam he's won more than once is the AO. I wouldn't be surprised if he wins Wimbledon this year, and I would consider this one of the main factors.

Do you think winning a particular Slam at least twice early on in your career would give you a significant edge at that Slam in the future?

Although this is not the main topic, the elephant in the room is obviously Federer and his case. Did a weak era propel him into greatness?

By 2004 he had 2 Wimbledons, having beaten Philippoussis and Roddick, and by 2005 he had two US Opens, having beaten Hewitt (handing out two bagels to this Strong Era™ Great) and a retiring Agassi. He ended up winning 5 more Wimbledons and 3 more US Opens.
 

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Not necessarily. For instance, Rafter had the B2B USO wins, but then was mostly a factor at Wimbledon from that point on. Courier also stopped at 2 early-ish in his career.
 
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