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horrible match.

Schuettler got broken to 0 serving for the match then Clement got broken to 15 to lose. That summed it up really.

Schuettler dicatated the whole match really. Clement looked a fraction of a second slow to the ball all the way through and sprayed about 50 unforced errors. I didn't see any stats after the 3rd game of the 3rd set. He had 24 at that stage.

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tie break was 7-3 btw (Including 2 comical double faults from RS). No idea how to edit the title. As if anyone cares.
 

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Rainer :worship:

Show us more from the "old" Shaker! :D
 

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Rainer won a match!!! :eek:
 

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:woohoo:
 

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Good thread title.
 

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Clement :eek:
 

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Two lucky guys in Melbourne. A lot of better players have never reached GS final.
Schüttler reached the final with wins over Krajicek, Blake, Nalbandian and Roddick. Clement beat a certain Federer and Kafelnikov on his way to the final. That's not just luck why they both made it that far ;)

OT: Congrats to Rainer :)
 

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Schüttler reached the final with wins over Krajicek, Blake, Nalbandian and Roddick. Clement beat a certain Federer and Kafelnikov on his way to the final. That's not just luck why they both made it that far ;)
That's a fact, they were playing great tennis against top players in Melbourne but I think more about their luck concerning two weeks of play. I know two generally better German players than Schuettler (Kiefer, Haas) who probably won't reach GS final. In France the same situation with Forget and Grosjean. Forget has never reached even semis in GS as opposed to Haas, Kiefer and Grosjean.
 

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Rainer :D
 

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Rainer! :eek: I figured he'd retire after last year... Maybe he's making one last run at it!
 

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In Sweden Mikael Pernfors is another good example of amazing two weeks. He reached Roland Garros final in 1986 but other Swedes like Svensson, Gustafsson, Larsson, Nystrom or Jarryd didn't do this albeit they were better players.

Verkerk - lucky GS finalist from the Netherlands. His better compatriots: Siemerink, Eltingh and Haarhuis have never reached Grand Slam semifinal :(
 

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That's a fact, they were playing great tennis against top players in Melbourne but I think more about their luck concerning two weeks of play. I know two generally better German players than Schuettler (Kiefer, Haas) who probably won't reach GS final. In France the same situation with Forget and Grosjean. Forget has never reached even semis in GS as opposed to Haas, Kiefer and Grosjean.
..but How are they better players If they can't have at least one "lucky" GS tournament like Schüttler or Clement?, Maybe Haas might have more variety and stuff, but you need to consider the mental toughness as something that makes good players..of course :shrug:
 

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That's a fact, they were playing great tennis against top players in Melbourne but I think more about their luck concerning two weeks of play. I know two generally better German players than Schuettler (Kiefer, Haas) who probably won't reach GS final. In France the same situation with Forget and Grosjean. Forget has never reached even semis in GS as opposed to Haas, Kiefer and Grosjean.
In Sweden Mikael Pernfors is another good example of amazing two weeks. He reached Roland Garros final in 1986 but other Swedes like Svensson, Gustafsson, Larsson, Nystrom or Jarryd didn't do this albeit they were better players.

Verkerk - lucky GS finalist from the Netherlands. His better compatriots: Siemerink, Eltingh and Haarhuis have never reached Grand Slam semifinal :(
But isn't exactly this what makes the sports interesting? To see an underdog reaching the final and maybe even taking the title? ;)

I agree with your point that there are generally better overall players out there who didn't had the success of a Verkerk, Washington etc. but nevertheless when someone has made a great run at a GS tournament that is the well deserved reward for good achievements, no matter if he can never repeat that performaces again :)
 
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