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There have been discussions about transitional champions – the most obvious one being the time between Sampras and Federer – where Roddick and Hewitt were champions. Does anyone have a definition or is there an understanding as to which years were eras and when the transitions happened?
 

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Early 70's, transitioning from Laver's era to Connors/Borg era beginning in 74.

Also the early 90's when Courier was king and it was late Lendl/Edberg/Becker era until Sampras took over in 93.
 

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2011-2012, obviously.
 

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I did not call anyone a mug.
 
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i refuse to call 1999-2003 a transitional era
it was the greatest era in tennis history
1995 was the single greatest tennis year though

if any year was transitional i would say its 2009

federer was shot- but still won 2 slams
nadal got injured then lost to soderling

nole was learning how to serve again

del po took advantage of the situation

murray still couldnt make a wimbledon final even without nadal there

transitional era- before nole'e reign
after federer's domination 2004-2007
 

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Early 70's, transitioning from Laver's era to Connors/Borg era beginning in 74.

Also the early 90's when Courier was king and it was late Lendl/Edberg/Becker era until Sampras took over in 93.
Looking at the years suggested:

Early 70s (1970-1973):
Australian Open: 3 different champions
French Open: 3 different champions
Wimbledon: 3 different champions
US Open: 4 different champions

Early 90s (1990-1993):

Australian Open: 3 different champions
French Open: 3 different champions
Wimbledon: 4 different champions
US Open: 2 different champions

Early 00s (2000-2003):

Australian Open: 2 different champions
French Open: 3 different champions
Wimbledon: 4 different champions
US Open: 4 different champions

In a transitional era, each major should be won by different players because no player should dominate it in-a-row. It looks like the Early 00s was the most diverse of the transitional eras because the two big majors, Wimbledon and the US Open, had four different champions over four years. Is this how a transitional era works?
 

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i refuse to call 1999-2003 a transitional era
it was the greatest era in tennis history
1995 was the single greatest tennis year though

if any year was transitional i would say its 2009

federer was shot- but still won 2 slams
nadal got injured then lost to soderling

nole was learning how to serve again

del po took advantage of the situation

murray still couldnt make a wimbledon final even without nadal there

transitional era- before nole'e reign
after federer's domination 2004-2007
As if Nole's domination will mirror Federer's :lol:

Looking at the years suggested:

Early 70s (1970-1973):
Australian Open: 3 different champions
French Open: 3 different champions
Wimbledon: 3 different champions
US Open: 4 different champions

Early 90s (1990-1993):

Australian Open: 3 different champions
French Open: 3 different champions
Wimbledon: 4 different champions
US Open: 2 different champions

Early 00s (2000-2003):

Australian Open: 2 different champions
French Open: 3 different champions
Wimbledon: 4 different champions
US Open: 4 different champions

In a transitional era, each major should be won by different players because no player should dominate it in-a-row. It looks like the Early 00s was the most diverse of the transitional eras because the two big majors, Wimbledon and the US Open, had four different champions over four years. Is this how a transitional era works?
Pretty much. Look at the 04-07 era.

16 slams played, 4 different champions. And Gaudio and Safin were one-offs.

The transitional eras have different slam winners almost every year.
 

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2002-2006

mixture of surface changes, tennis media expansion, old men from the 90s still hanging around, outright weakness at the top of the sport, no rivals to the top player......it was chaos.....

2007 is the year which finally established the legitimate top players.....
 
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