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Just transfer those arguably 6 years of his prime into a vastly less competitive era at the top with no Nadal/Djokovic and right before Federer took the tour by storm a the turn of 2004....I think he would have nabbed at least one Slam (RG or AO)-- Wimbledon and USO would have proved too fast for him..

Granted, Guga/Ferrero/Costa/Coria were Clay studs in their own right, but they never really approached Nadal's mastery of the surface and most importantly his aura..Same for Aussie Open, Tojo a Slam Winner and Shuttler/Clement in Finals :haha: :haha:..Quite a dark age back then in Melbourne: Agassi cleaning up just because everyone isn't fit enough at the start of the year..I'm sure Ferrer would have had somebody in his corner to give Gil Reyes a run for his money :lol:..

This not to mention a bot load of M1000s, mainly on Clay, since the journeyman-likes of Mantilla and Portas got theirs back then..

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I guess he could have won a few clay Masters. Doubt he would get any Slam, specially not RG, all those clay specialists you mentioned had better peak. Maybe he could win one AO.
 

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On clay, Kuerten and Ferrero would've been ahead of him. Coria also. Not sure he would've won Roland Garros in this era, the clay specialists were way better and numerous at this time. Just remember Canas, Moya...

On hard court, maybe he could've had a run like Hewitt had. The AO 2002 was so open, that, of course he could've take advantage of it.
 

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I suspect he'd have won a Slam. He'd have been a nightmare of a match up for Sampras, worse than Hewitt. On the flip side, Agassi would be a rough one I think. He and Ferrero would be pretty even (advantage Ferrero on clay, Ferrer on hard IMO), Hewitt would have a slight edge.

Chance at AO, RG, and USO, would rarely win a match on 90s grass though. I actually think USO is more likely than RG.
 

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I suspect he'd have won a Slam. He'd have been a nightmare of a match up for Sampras, worse than Hewitt. On the flip side, Agassi would be a rough one I think. He and Ferrero would be pretty even, Hewitt would have a slight edge.

Chance at AO, RG, and USO, would rarely win a match on 90s grass though.
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Probably a slam or two, maybe three. Roland Garros in 1999, 2002 or 2003 plus one title at the Australian or US Open.

And of course a fistful of Masters titles on clay.
 

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0 meaningful titles or wins, schooled by the top players every single time, plenty of deluded people overhyping him... in other words, nothing would have changed.
 

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0 meaningful titles or wins, schooled by the top players every single time, plenty of deluded people overhyping him... in other words, nothing would have changed.
Unfortunately, you can't really keep 'pushing' your shtick when in such era Slam Finals features the likes of this cipher..


You really can't tell whether he's tennis pro or a random drunken dutch hooligan who stormed Philipe Chatrier :lol:
 

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Unfortunately, you can't really keep 'pushing' your shtick when in such era Slam Finals features the likes of this cipher..


You really can't tell whether he's tennis pro or a random drunken dutch hooligan who stormed Philipe Chatrier..
Verkerk was on fire, he was playing like a peak Soderling that fortnight, serving and hitting absolutely huge. A performance far superior to anything Ferrer ever produced.
 

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0 meaningful titles or wins, schooled by the top players every single time
But the thing is that those best player during that time were not better than Ferrer...

Code:
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Roddick	7	4
Kuerten	1	1
Safin	1	1
Hewitt	2	1
Ferrero	7	2
Moya	2	6
Agassi	1	0
Coria	1	4
		
Ferrer 22-19
 

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Only real chance to win RG would have been in 2002 or 2003. Even so Ferrero would be tough. Ferrer is not beating Guga in 2001 or 2000 and not RGassi in 1999
 

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Unfortunately, you can't really keep 'pushing' your shtick when in such era Slam Finals features the likes of this cipher..


You really can't tell whether he's tennis pro or a random drunken dutch hooligan who stormed Philipe Chatrier :lol:
Both. He once called BS on Floyd Landis' story about an excessive level of testosterone because of alcohol consumption:

''Landis was talking about two beer and four whiskey. I can tell you from my own experience that that's nonsense. One time I had been binging, in the time I was fed up with tennis after my shoulder surgery. I drank enormous amounts of whiskey coke and a box of Flügels. The next morning the phone rang, which turned out to be a guy from the Dutch doping authorities. I thought: shit, just my luck. But what do you think happened when the results came in? Nothing, nada. So that Landis with his four whiskey...''
 

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Zero is the most likely answer.

BTW, OP Schuettler or Clement's peak ability is not any worse than Ferrer's, so I don't see why them making finals is all that hilarious. It's pretty much on par with Ferrer making a slam final. Both are an oddity.
 
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