Djokovic makes three out of two; Federer and Nadal face new rival
by Abe Kuijl | August 13th, 2007, 12:26 pm
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His win over Roddick was solid. His coup over Nadal was excellent. His triumph over Federer was unheard of. There’s a new champ in town and he has taken the place by storm.

Novak Djokovic has done the unthinkable in beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in consecutive matches and has now officially become an elite member of the game. Sorry Andy, your Top 3 days are numbered.

When Djokovic announced at the start of the season he wanted to break the Top 10 this year and ultimately own the number one position, many jumped on the Serb and called him arrogant. To become a great sportsman though, one has to belief in their abilities, and there’s no doubt that the young man from Belgrade trusts in his tennis.

Djokovic ran out to a 3-0 lead in the first set against Federer, mostly because the Swiss king was shanking every forehand he hit. Within minutes, order was restored and the match was tied at 3-all. Did the young challenger fold after quickly losing his lead? No. Djokovic remained calm and focused until he blew a 40-0 lead at 5-all to fall down a break. Losing such a crucial game would certainly justify breaking a racket. But Djokovic, not known for keeping a poker face throughout a match, stayed relaxed and kept concentrating on the job at hand.  

Perhaps this change of attitude made Federer a little nervous himself. Out of the blue, Federer shockingly lost a 40-0 lead serving to close out the set. Djokovic had been playing a little below par and not moving as well as he could, nor was he playing with enough aggressiveness to take down his opponent, but when the Djoker sniffed his chance after Federer overhit a forehand and dumped a backhand in the net on his first two set points, the Serb seemed to come alive. After a hard-fought game with numerous set and break points, it was Djokovic who screamed a forehand winner down the line to get back his opponent’s serve and send the set into a tiebreak.

Djokovic did not falter on the big occassion as it was Federer who failed to step up and convincingly went down 7-2 in the breaker.

In the second set, Djokovic could not keep up his high level of play from the end of the first set. Serving at 1-2, he faced 0-40, but thanks to three unforced errors from Federer, the Djoker managed to hold for 2-all.

It would be the last game Djokovic would win that set, as his unforced error count was going up, especially on the forehand side.

After losing four consecutive games to drop the set 6-2, Djokovic took a toilet break to refocus on what was coming. The Serb did a good job resetting himself, as he immediately broke serve in the first game ofthe third set. Federer overhit a backhand down the line, going for the winner at 15-40.

Djokovic had no problems consoling the break, impressively following up with three consecutive love service games. With his biggest career win in sight, there was a little tightness at 4-3. Federer had gotten to 15-30 on Djoko’s serve after hitting a forehand winner that clipped the net cord (and could have gone wide had it not touched it) and a well-placed backhand that forced Djokovic into an error. At this crucial point, Djokovic hit a powerful serve out wide which Federer could only block back half-high into mid court. Djokovic unleashed his forehand which should have been a winner, but ended up in the net instead. Federer pounced on his first break opportunity with an aggressive forehand return off a second serve that proved too much for Djokovic. The game was square at 4-all.

Both men easily held serve for a deciding tiebreak. Interestingly, Djokovic dropped only one point on serve the whole set, outside the game he was broken. He continued this streak into the tiebreak, where Federer again failed to score a point off the Djoker’s serve.

Forehand errors ultimately cost the No.1 the match. Federer hit two forehands long and shanked one off his frame. Djokovic kept the ball in play in the tiebreak without seizing to be aggressive when he could. He was consistent enough in the rallies not to miss a single shot. This reflected most of the match, but try coming up with the goods when you’re a 20-year-old facing one of the best players who ever played the game in the final of a major tournament.

Like I wrote in my earlier piece on the Djoker this week, I can’t believe how this guy has gone from being mentally unstable on the big points to becoming as cool as he has over just a few months time. This kid is truely amazing, and so is the state of men’s tennis right now. Bring on Cincinnati.


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44 Comments for Djokovic makes three out of two; Federer and Nadal face new rival

nadalfan Says:

i dont like djoker


Dancevic FAN! Says:

Too bad Dancevic isn’t in this one!


andrea Says:

Very strange match to watch from Roger’s end – he should have wrapped this thing up in straight sets. How he missed that first volley on set point (first set) is unimaginable – he does that shot in his sleep.

What is more interesting….he knew he had to break back in the third set and to actually physically see him start hammering the returns to get the break was very cool. you could see the game being raised up a notch.

Great serving from Djokovic though – made the match for him, along with great ralleys.

Definitely an off day for Roger – sad to see that. Adds more to the stats of Rogrer’s win/loss record when he loses the first set!


Dancevic FAN! Says:

Hmm conspiracy? Maybe Fed was paid by some crime boss like Davydenko!


zeg Says:

Federer’s lack of form yesterday was unsettling to watch. The guy needs some serious work or else he’s going down faster than a gold bullion in the Lake Geneva.
On a lighter note, I hereby dub Patrick McEnroe the Paris Hilton of tennis. The self-absorbed, no-talent-in-anything, zero-credibility (“Nadal will NEVER make it to the Wimbledon finals!”) so called “commentator” is famous largely for his family name. That, and the monotonous droning on TV. HELLO! EYE DROPPER!


jane Says:

Just to clarify: Patrick Mac said Nadal will never make it to the Wimbledon finals? Clearly, this is a logically problematic, seeing as Nadal has done that already – twice. Durrr.


AKA Maverick Says:

2007-08-13
AKA Maverick

Congratulations Mr. Djokovic, well done. When Djokovic played Nadal, except for one game in the 2nd set, Djokovic was mentally ahead of Nadal, throughout the match. He countered and matched all Nadal delivered, both physically and mentally. When Djokovic played Federer, he believed he could win but faltered in the second set. In the third set, Djokovic dug deep, and emotionally recovered. This is because he believed in his abilities. He played the game staying within himself, not making errors. His maturity took Federer by surprise. Federer did not play at the level he can play, not to take Djokovic’s wonderful victory away from him.

Federer will win US Open. Djokovic needs one to two more years of experience. Djokovic is the next contender for hard court grand slams or atleast US Open. In the next year to two years, Djokovic will mature, establish and entrench himself in ATP ranking even more. He has the game. He needs grand slam pressure situations to make him mentally strong. He is getting there and will get there. Good luck Mr.Djokovic. May you win many grand slams. Just keep fit and do not get injuries.

As far as tennis commentary. I would like to ask ESPN and Tennis Channel, what is the criteria of selection for commentators. It surely is not knowledge of tennis. Mr Cahill, the floater commentator during Marat Safin / Nadal match in the recently concluded US open series in Montreal Canada, said somewhat like this, and I quote, “The match is similar to the matches between Federer / Nadal”, unquote. Mr. Cahill likened the match between Marat Safin / Nadal to Federer / Nadal matches. I wonder if Mr. Cahill has seen Federer / Nadal match. It is unlikely. If he had, he would not make such a silly comment. If he did watch any of Federer / Nadal matches, he was not paying attention. Lack of tennis knowledge, Mr. Cahill. Even Mr. Cahill’s fellow commentators questioned Mr. Cahill’s statement. So how do commentators get selected?
Only two commentators are worth listening too, Mr. John McEnroe and Ms. Martina Navratilova. There background experience and standard of commentary should be the criteria for selection of commentators.


zeg Says:

The last time that inane statement came up was during his the rain-delayed time-filling stint at the ESPN studio. p-mac was making fun of Brad Gilbert, as usual, while they were discussing the men’s singles draw, somewhere after the first or the second round. Gilbert had the audacity to pick Nadal as the most likely winner of the title this year, – a prediction that was followed by hoot-n-holler laughs from p-mac and his new water boy Darren Cahill, whom for some reason they kept calling “killer”. Gilbert had offered his analysis of the Rafa’s seemingly insurmountable opponents in the draw (Berdych, Youzhny et. al.), and how Nadal (whom he called “Ralph NAdel”) was going to beat them all, including Federer in the final.
After a few minutes of ridicule, p-mac had finally conceded that indeed Rafa could possibly beat Roger in the final, BUT, he added, with his draw, he will never make it to the final.
A few days later, another gem. During Rafa’s semi- or quarterfinal match, p-mac playfully asked Cliff Drysdale (another “mental giant” with his head up Federer’s butt) : “Do you think Nadal will ever win Wimbledon?” To which came a lightning-quick and authoritative reply: “NO!”.
We know how tantalizingly close Rafa came to winning the final, but, of course, we never heard from p-mac on the subject again.


jane Says:

zeg, et al,

I like this discussion on the commentators. I’m constantly correcting them or groaning at their blather – usually about how Fed is the greatest ever, and here’s this or that stat to back it up.

Meanwhile, they ignore what’s happening on the courts, and overlook the possibility for some good analysis.

Who do you like as a commentator? I thought Peter Burwash did a pretty good job in Canada, although not so good in the final. There, he focused a little too much on what Fed was doing wrong rather than on what Djok was doing right – this is often the case with commentators when Fed is playing. The overlook his opponents. Even Johnny Mac, one of my favorite commentators, is often guilty of this.


Dancevic FAN! Says:

Do you honestly care to hear from p-mac again tho?!?!?


Dancevic FAN! Says:

C’mon people, we need commentators! I’d rather have an ex pro commentating on a match or tourney than a Joe schmuck who graduated with a diploma in broadcasting.

Sheesh, everyone’s a critic! Give these guys a chance to have and voice a freakin’ opinion, that’s all it is after all!


zeg Says:

jane,

As far as the tennis commentators go, my problem with virtually all of them is that they seem to be paid by the word. Even someone good and knowledgeable gets on my nerves when he/she talks non-stop. BBC has the best ones – they know enough to be silent during the point, and most of the rest of time. They also understand that it is the game and the players that are the “stars” people tuned in to watch, not some verbose illiterate blabber-mouths that run wall-to-wall, and whose every other word is “interesting” and “amazing” (Ted Robinson). How the heck do they get gigs like these? Whose uncle’s nephew’s sister’s cousin you need to “know”?
I could live with John McEnroe and Jimmy Arias if only they’d shut up once in a while. Navratilova is not bad, but her brutal honesty and directness seems to rub some people the wrong way. Generally, I keep the sound on “mute” between points, or just stick with the ATP feed.


jane Says:

Yeah, I don’t like it when they talk “over” the points either. Ted Robinson must’ve been one of those Joe Schmucks that Dance refers to. I agree too that ex-pros are generally better – esp if they don’t love to hear the sound of their own voices too much.

On another topic – I’d love to hear some views on Roddick; is he on the way down, or can Jimmy help him be a contender with the other three?


zeg Says:

Dancevic FAN!

“Do you honestly care to hear from p-mac again tho?!?!? ”

No. That would imply he has integrity and decency to admit he’s a jackass.
Speaking of him – you’d expect a “professional” TV commentator at the very least to learn how to properly pronounce players’ names. American commentators never bother, so they routinely mispronounce foregn and not-so-foregn names, even after the player issues clarification.
Dancevic publicly announced how to correctly say his name (Dan-che-vich), so p-mac and Ted promptly brought it up on the air. Guess what? The dumb and dumber duo continue to mispronounce it anyway!


Dancevic FAN! Says:

zeg, even our Canadian announcers were mispronouncing it after the correction. They were pronouncing it as “Dan-ce-vich” – they missed the middle “che” lol. Oh well, they got one syllable closer!


engprof Says:

Absolutely right on how awful the commentators are. Why doesn’t ESPN understand that the people who are watching tennis actually WANT TO WATCH TENNIS, and not to hear the “commentators” blather about this or that (Montreal’s a great city, blah, blah).

And now, about Roger: he always loses for exactly the same reason: failure to be aggressive enough. Something’s wrong with his head. He thinks he can just react and counterpunch and win. Mostly, yes, but not against the best other guys. He needs to really whack his forehand, and also to come to net. He never loses when he does those things. Right?


zeg Says:

jane,

IMHO Roddick’s best days are behind him – Connors may have jumped on a sinking ship. Sure, Andy can still win some matches on grass or hard court, but I don’t regard him as a GS or MS contender with his one-dimensional game. Since he can’t hang on the baseline with the likes of Federer and Djokovic, I would advise him to charge the net even more than he does now (same goes for Nadal on hard courts).
Also, Andy’s recent silly remarks about European players reveal his immaturity.


zeg Says:

Roger’s got enough talent for a dozen players, but his mind is something else. Perhaps he’s so used to dominating the game he feels capable of taking it to a higher level at a moment’s notice.
Well, yesterday he was unable to find that magic switch in the third set, and at times he even appeared rusty. Too much time off?


achilles190 Says:

re jane at 5:27

Hi Jane —I too found the Canadian commentators interesting and I learned a lot from Peter Burwash……I found that the talked less than their American colleagues during the actual play………

I think that he goofed on some of Fed analysis but still I found what he wa saying creditable


Daniel Says:

I realized something that must be considered: This consolidation of Djokovic’s game will gave Nadal more problems than Federer’s! They will be N.3 and N.2, so they’ll meet every time in the semis, especially grand slams (like this year French and Wimbledon). Federer will never have to win both of them. This makes things a lot more interesting!!!


jane Says:

Daniel,
Not this week though – Djok and Nadal are on opposite sides of the draw in Cinci, with Djok on Fed’s side and Rafa on Roddick’s. It’ll be interesting to see how THIS draw shakes out.

But you’re right: what transpires in this race to overtake the no1 spot in the future is up in the air in terms of who will come out on top; however, at least there finally IS a race!


jane Says:

Hi engprof,

You’re right about Fed’s head; and I’ve noted before, in an earlier posting, that John Mcenroe has highlighted Fed’s stubborness and apparent unwillingness to alter his game plan in Mac’s commentary both at the French Open, which Fed so longs to win, and at Wimbie, where Nadal could’ve won.

Aside from the unforced errors (which may be due to rustiness, as you say grendel), Fed certainly needs to be more open, esp. like the three players immediately below him, to work on, if not improve, is game. I don’t know, does he think this is “beneath” him to do? Does he believe the hype? I am not sure, but you’d think he’d be more aware or willing.

I don’t know – any thoughts on why fed doesn’t seem to come to net more, be more aggressive, when he usually wins those points?


Harry Says:

Jane,
It seems like Fed just doesn’t change things too quickly or significantly, be it with his coach selection, or ATP’s policies (ala his opinion on round robin format) or probably his general approach to his game too. Altho Fed has indicated in the recent past that he’d love to eventually serve-volley more, it doesn’t seem to come naturally to him. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to tinker too much with his game at this point in his career when its won him 11 GS….but surely its quite apparent that the young guns (Nadal, Djoko, Berdych maybe) are quickly improving, and have a good measure of the Roddicks, Nalbandians or Daydenkos and maybe of Federer’s some day…


JCF Says:

Jim Courier is an excellent commentator, shares deep insight into the game, and has a sense of humour to boot.


Samprazzz Says:

Federer wasn’t in the zone, but that has alot to do with how well Djoko covers the court: he’s an excellent defender and counter-attacker. Djoko also returned Fed’s serve very well. I found that Fed was trying to blast winners from the baseline too much, and seemed to be impatient, rather than work the point into the net, and finish the point more gradually. He runs into the same problem against Nadal on clay- he isn’t quite able to blast enough winners from the baseline, and then he gets impatient. I’d like to see Fed take his time more, wait for a good ball to approach on- Djoko is too quick to hit outright winners from the baseline against for a whole match. Fed will win next time, now that he’s gotten to know Djoko’s patterns, he can develop a game plan. Still, as well as Djoko played, he could have served alot better too. He didn’t serve as well as he did against Nadal. So granted, maybe Fed wasn’t 100% balls-on, but neither was Djoko’s 1st serve. Fed’s going to have to bring out the full tool-shed to beat this kid next time around.


Dancevic FAN! Says:

The BBC’s lack of blabbing commentary due to points is because of the different commercial format there. In North America most games go to a commercial break so they can only blab during points. BBC doesn’t go to commercial breaks after every game. John McEnroe commented about this recently.


allcourt Says:

I firmly believe that, even when the official breaks are taken up by commercials, there is more than enough other non-playing time in a typical tennis match for the announcers to say ALL that they NEED to say.


Dancevic FAN! Says:

I think it’s a challenge – consider how do you encourage and entice new tennis fans watching tennis for the first time to keep their TV on a tennis match? I think they’re addressing it as well as they can here in North America.

Unfortunately for hard core fans or players, they have to put up with the blabbing. But guess what? They will put up with it and tennis won’t lose those fans, they’re hooked on the game. Tennis is trying to gain new fans and bigger markets, and I don’t know if keeping commentators here deathly quiet and avoiding opinions and taking chances on the air would work very well to build markets. Interesting to think about, but one perspective to think about!


Nole Fan Says:

Word from the Montreal papers is that Roddick did not lose gracefully last week and took out his loss on the locker room later.


Dancevic FAN! Says:

Would the fans expect him to do pirouettes in the locker room instead? Hopefully the lockers survived the attack though.


grendel Says:

The question is, Samprazzz, does Fed have access to “the full toolshed” anymore?

There is something very sad in watching giant talents like Safin struggling to find what is apparently no longer there.

Clearly the case with Federer is not at all comparable – but is it possible, just the same, that he is beginning to lose a slight edge, merely due to ageing, and that this very slight loss is enough for the very talented youngsters to force an opening?

I have no idea what the answer is. But I’m really looking forward to finding out, and personally am keeping my fingers crossed for Fed.


WooManChu Says:

Federer continues to crumble before our eyes. The tennis establishment can continue to carry him with easy seeds and blatant calls in his favor for so much longer. Too much new talent and growing use of Hawkeye for them to give him a free pass to becoming the “champ of all time”.


Dancevic FAN! Says:

The reality is all super stars fade away and can’t compete at the same level that they once did. So what! That’s life and sport. And there’s no free pass in tennis for anyone.

I’d rather watch and enjoy history making tennis players since there are a rare few that break so many records. It’s great to be a witness to milestones like that in sport, at least for me.

Perhaps that’s because I enjoy success and strive for success in my life, so I appreciate seeing true success in life and in sport.


jane Says:

I think it’s more exciting when a great player is pushed, and for a while there, until rafa really broke through, fed wasn’t pushed.

when the winner of tourney after tourney, g.slam after g.slam, becomes predictable, it takes the excitement out of it – for me anyhow.

Of course I appreciate Fed’s success and talent, and i think his abilities have forced other players to get better, which is fabulous. and now things are opening up, which is great for the sport. It’s the great rivalries – not individual players – that I think truly make the sport of tennis, with its one-on-one drama, and which attracts new fans! more people are tuning in now that they know about the growing rivalries.

So continue to fade, crumble, ingnore the toolshed, forget to whack your forehead, or even just become a little rusty, Fed!

I agree with Djok. “He can’t win everything!”


GG Says:

I agree w/you, Dancevic fan. I so enjoy watching the great players in any sport – such as Michael JOrdan, Tiger Woods and, of course, Roger Federer since I believe he is the greatest tennis player so far. I pray he is able to regroup and win a few more majors. There is no tennis player more enjoyable to watch as RF, bar none. He plays so effortlessly, but I agree, he needs to work on a few things in his game. I want him to get better because I don’t want him to stop playing anytime soon. He would be sorely missed in the tennis world.


Pete Sampras FAN!!!!! Says:

Pete Sampras is the greatest of all time. Djokovic, Rafa and others will do all they can to make sure Fed’s numbers never surpass Pete’s. I think Fed is realizing it was not a walk in the Park to achieve what Pete did,14 Grand Slams and is now relaizing there’s a good chance he may not be so lucky. There’s a lot of records that Roger may see slipping through his fingers. Like a Roger Slam, Never happening!!! The level of competetion Pete faced in his era hardly compares to what Roger has had to face in his era. If you want to say he is the greatest keep it to the applicable time period which is just about over. And word is Pete’s coming back to challenge Roger, so Roger watch out!!!


Dancevic FAN! Says:

Pete’s going to challenge Roger….LOL Funny Pete Sampras FAN. And the “back to the future” outfit from the Pepsi commercial is coming back in style soon too!

They are planning 3 exhibition matches in Asia this year but c’mon…Pete wouldn’t be able to challenge many players anymore, look at how much American guys on tour have already pushed the geezer in exhibition mathches this year! He would look terrible!

Keep living the ol’ timer dream tho…LOL. Even a top 100 player like Frank Dancevic would take Sampras easily in straight sets, probably 6-1, 6-3 on any day. Tennis isn’t like boxing where you had George Foreman rekindle some of the old glory in his later years, or like UFC where you have a guy like Randy Couture still killing people in his 40′s!!!


Tejuz Says:

Well, Djokovic might be a talented kid, but so is Baghdatis, Gasquet, Murray etc.. If he has scored a win over Fed, so have some of these other players. And all of them have come in a Masters Series (best of 3 format). But Grand-slams are very different. Someone like Fed or Nadal gets more time to get into their rhythm.

I guess he is more a rival to Nadal, cuz they match up pretty well. But i dont think hez going to win too many against Fed in next couple of years, especially in a best-of-5 match. Fed doesnt get too troubled by his kind of play, which is very similar to most of the other hard-court players. Its just the match-up between Fed and Nadal which is very different cuz of Nadal’s lefty spin against Fed’s single-handed backhand

Also Djk vs Baghdatis is a great match-up, their match in Wimbledon was great to watch. If Baghdatis can pick himself up mentally, he cuz be No-4 or No-5 pretty soon


Samprazzz Says:

What are you people smoking??? Federer on the decline???? He’s having a banner year: won the Australian, played the finals of the French, and won Wimbledon this year. This is only the 5th match he’s lost all year: he lost to Canas twice, Rafa twice, and now Djoko. Plus, in the match he lost to Djoko, he lost both sets in a tiebreak- anything can happen in a tiebreak. I wouldn’t be betting against him to win the U.S. open…


Dancevic FAN! Says:

They’re smoking the green stuff…tennis balls!


jane Says:

Tejuz,

No doubt there is plenty of talent in the young up-and-comers, but consistency is fundamental too. Baggy, Gasquet, Murray, Berdych – they’re are all up and down so far.

Nadal has been consistent (and dominant) on clay and has made it to two Wimbie finals now; what remains to be seen is whether he can fit his game to – or change his game for – the hardcourts.

Djoker has been consistently improving all year – and as for 5 set formats? This guy was knocked out of the French by none other than Rafa in the semis, who, as we know, is pretty much unbeatable on clay, and again by Rafa at Wimbie – but only because of sheer exhaustion & injury. Otherwise, he likely would’ve given Rafa a run on grass. He’s a definite contender who is more consistent than the others you mention in the same breath – thus far anyhow.

I rewatched those 1st and 3rd sets of the Canadian final today and Djok played fantastic – it wasn’t all because Fed had an “off” day or whatever. He lost; Djok won. Djok was up a break in both the 1st and 3rd, and while Fed got the breaks back, he couldn’t pull out the win.

We’ll see what happens as the year plays out, but there are now two, if not more, players who can push Fed – esp if he can’t lower his UFEs.


Tejuz Says:

I agree Jane, Djokovic certainly played a great tournament. And Fed dint play a great final which he normally does.. at one time his backhand stats were like 18 UFEs to 2 winners.. which is quite absurd considering finally he had more winners to UFEs. But key fact was that he dint play the big points well, unlike his match against Karlovic or the wimby final. But again, its upto Fed to pick up his game the next time they face each other. Both at their best, Fed wud beat Djokovic in straight sets. He is consistent and great to watch, but he doesnt look like a Genius who invents shots of his own.

Shotmaking wise Baggy and Gasquet certainly match Djokovic. But yes, they are mentally up and down. if they can overcome that, it be atleast 4 or 5 guys competing for top positions.

Also agree, Fed will have to curb those UFE. Just waiting for the other guys to break out big time.


WooManChu Says:

Yo, Dancevic FAN! – don’t go hating on past champs, man!!! Pete played in an age of tennis greats: Courier, Edberg, Becker, Kafelnikov, Agassi, Hrabaty, Rafter, Ivanisevic, Krajicek – everyone from McEnroe and Lendl in the beginning of his career to rising stars like Federer, Roddick and Hewitt in the end.

That’s not something to shrug off or mock. Nobody’s attacked Dancevic, so what do you gain by attacking Pete? And I think you missed the point of Pete Sampras FAN!!!!!, which is that Federer won’t break Pete’s record. Not even with the establishment giving him easy draws (how many days off in Wimbledon???) while facing an exhausted Nadal, Davydenko or Gasquet having actually fought their way through the tough side of the draw!

And, P.S., Pete’s just a year older than Bjorkman, and look how he surprised in Wimbledon. Never write anybody off – especially someone with the heart of a champion!


Dancevic FAN! Says:

WooManChu, chew on this: If that was the point, point taken, yet disagreed upon!

I vastly respect Sampras, would never attack him, I just thought someone was suggesting that he would be able to beat the champions of today if he were back in the pro circuit – it’s impossible. The past days cannot be relived in tennis unless Pete’s like, watching his tennis matches on his home entertainment system or something! But that’s fine, nothing wrong with that, he was a great asset to the sport and will be regarded as one of the GOAT until we’re all dead I’m sure! Even today he would kick the asses of some pro players in the top 500.

Today at least he would be nowhere near Bjorkman – he would get his ass kicked if they played a match – simply because he’s not conditioned, Bjorkman is still on the circuit full time, Pete’s just playing in the old fart’s tourneys from time to time.

P.S. it was the gods, not the establishment, that gave Fed his mini-holiday at Wimbie!

P.S.S. Today’s top 10 is has the talent that yesterday’s did – it’s a different situation when you have one or 2 players that rise above the rest – as good as today’s top 10 are, Federer and Nadal are INCREDIBLE and simply make it look like the top 10 are lacking – they’re not! If Federer and Nadal weren’t in the top 10 and were not born, you wouldn’t be saying the same thing about today top 10 that you are right now!

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