Modern Warfare: Murray, Serena and Davydenko
by Sean Randall | December 2nd, 2009, 9:45 am
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This story was just too good to pass up. In this hyper-intensive information age thanks to the internet, the private lives of celebrities are no longer private – just ask Tiger Woods, listen to this! – but I still try to show some minimal respect to the personal matters of the tennis players. But this time I can’t.

It’s been revealed that Andy Murray’s girlfriend of many years, Kim Sears, left him because he was playing too much Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the Playstation. Now that’s a new one in the celebrity circles, leaving your guy because he spends too much time on the PS3, and in Murray’s case it was up to seven hours a day!

Video games are a blast. And I admit even I’ve played Modern Warfare 2 and the game lives up to the hype: The graphics and gameplay are jaw-dropping. But if you are a top tennis player trying to win your home London year-end championships and trying to chase down Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the rankings (did I mention that you haven’t won a Slam yet?), you are not helping your cause by spending up to seven hours or more a day smoking the bad guys. Sorry, Playstation is not the path to tennis immortality. Halo immortality, maybe, not tennis!

Luckily for Murray, he’s got lots in the bank and he stays at nice hotels in exotic locales, because without that “bait”, it’s tough for a guy like him with a video game addiction to land girls like Kim Sears.

I know Murray has quite the entourage – is it double figures yet? – though clearly not enough because someone on his crew needs to have the courage to yank the controller away, it’s not helping.

In his defense, Murray is now rumored to be dating Miss Scotland. Hope she’s a gamer! Whoosh!

Serena Williams has also been under fire since her US Open incident. Now, nearly three months later, the ITF has finally ruled handing Serena an $82,500 fine and two years of probation. The fine amounts to about 15% of her singles prize money for her semifinal run in NY which really isn’t much.

Overall the decision is a copout and falls perfectly in line with the “star rules” applied in many other sports. Had this been a fringe or a lower ranked player, she would have been defaulted from the tournament (meaning no doubles either and forfeit of all prize money & points) and likely suspended. But because it’s Serena officials needed to tread oh so cautiously because no one wants to upset the biggest name in women’s tennis.  And in the end the ruling amounts to a slap on the wrist and it’s much ado about nothing. Tennis officials had a chance to show some brass, and they didn’t. Move on…

Back to on the court action, I have to credit Nikolay Davydenko for blitzing the field at the ATP World Finals this weekend. After 12 misses, Davy finally got over on Federer Saturday (I wonder how many times Roger has thought about the sitter forehand he missed with Davy serving 4-5, 0-30 in the third!) outlasting the Swiss in a thriller. Then he basically pummeled Juan Martin Del Potro in the final for his biggest career win. Good for him.

For me the biggest takeway for the Finals, though, is not Davydenko’s performance. I really don’t think the Russian will suddenly start winning Slams or even reaching those finals. Heck, this may be the start of his downfall should he become content with the new influx of cash in his wallet. I hope not. What stood out to me was just how well DelPo played – remember he didn’t look too good coming into the tournament – and just how poor Rafa and at times Novak and Murray looked.

After London I see a lot of people jumping on the DelPo bandwagon, and with good reason: Could the Argentine be the next new No. 1 ahead of Djokovic and Murray?

As for Rafa, while Novak and Murray end the year on a down note, the former No. 1 can salvage what was a poor second half of the season with a win this weekend in Davis Cup. The Spanish team of Nadal, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez will play host Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek and the rest of the Czech squad in the finals.


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53 Comments for Modern Warfare: Murray, Serena and Davydenko

NachoF Says:

“Sorry, Playstation is not the path to tennis immortality. Halo immortality, maybe, not tennis!”
Halo is not on Plyatstation.. just saying


Sean Randall Says:

The hits keep coming Tiger: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/12/02/2009-12-02_tiger_woods_triple_bogey_kalika_moquin_is_third_alleged_mistress_with_jaimee_gru.html

I wonder if Federer has texted him recently.

Thanks for the Halo info. As you can tell I’m no gamer. My nephew was addicted to that game, but perhaps that was on another system (Xbox?). I recently played MW2 on his Playstation. That much I do know.

Gaming has come a long way since Donkey Kong!


O-Kerr Says:

Serena earned $350,000 by reaching the U.S. Open singles semifinals. She was fined $83,500 plus $10,000 on site, which totals to $93,500 is almost one-third of what she made. I would have quadrupled the fine and denied semifinal ranking points, but banning is tantamount to death penalty, virtually ending the player’s career and forfeiting an opportunity to become a better person. We cannot regress back to barbaric penal code like eye for eye. I don’t condone banning at all in all circumstances. Banning s just outdated, inhuman, and ineffective for both the offender and the institution. Unfortunately, the damage to the linewoman was never assessed and no compensation offered.

There were several things to learn from this incident and devise preventive and penal measures for the future:
1) the umpire should intervene
2) a review system in place
3) the player should be able to appeal for review
4) the fine should be instantaneous like forfeiture of prize money and ranking points
5) compensation for the victim, in the amount of half a million or more, out of the offender’s pocket
6) impose on the player qualification rounds in subsequent year’s event, so that she will have to play more, not less, which is a real disciplinary action and it gives the offender an opportunity to improve her behavior.


GOAT Girl Says:

Sean:

You’re such a gossipy fishwife.

1) Tiger Woods – who cares that he had affairs?

2) Andy Murray – you saying his ex gf is a skank who only stayed with him because he’s rich?

Then, again, you just can’t drag yourself out of your pigsty, can you?


Mary Says:

Federer and Tiger’s agent, Tony Whatever, must be freaked out by this past year. His year starts with the um-”accidental” pregnancy by one high-profile client’s long-term girlfriend, ending in tears at the Aussie Open and a shot gun wedding. That nonsense dies down.
The guy’s year is ending with the other squeaky-clean client being a cheat and getting his ass kicked by his wife.


Fot Says:

Mary come on now…you know Roger and Mirka have been together for 9 years! NINE years! Surely “kids” would have been talked about. At least they did the right thing by getting “officially” married. You can’t even begin to compare what Roger did to what Tiger did. These are 2 separate incidents. And if this is the only thing people can ‘oooh’ Roger for – heck, tennis is in great shape.


Dave B Says:

I cannot warm up to DelPotro. He plods around the court like a golem. Why doesn’t he cross his big
Christian self when he loses? Surely God is just as responsible for that as he is if he wins. Ungainly, ugly,Juan Martin del Lurch.


puckbandit Says:

O-kerr,

I agree that the process to dispense justice to Serena has been slow and arbitrary;the system must be reviewed and addressed.

I’m not sure I agree that a suspension or ban from a major tournament is tantamount to the death of a player’s career. Jimmy Conners was suspended, and I believe it included a major, and was able to soldier on to a pretty good career. The facts are fuzzy so I will need to research to see the details.

I find it hard to evaluate the penalty to Serena because I am unaware what rules guide such decisions. Are there rules and regulations regarding player sanctions available, sort of like sentencing guidelines for judges? i would be curious to review these.

Her actions were indefensible, and she did not help herself with her coy, less than sincere comments immediately following the incident.

The ugliest result of all of this is the racist element that is so obvious in many comments here and elsewhere. But I refuse to engage some of the idiotic posters that have been spewing their narrow minded *%($.


sheila Says:

if delpotro is future of tennis, then i think tennis will be quite boring. his match against soderling, in my opinion, was so one dimensional. big serves and hard flat groundstrokes. barely any rallies. if they missed a 1st serve then maybe a 8-10 ball rally. watching federer against davydanko, what a difference. so much variety in the shotmaking. murray @ least has variety in his shotmaking, although i’m not a fan(dont care for his personality. i agree w/david b, delpo plods around the court like a golem. i don’t agree w/the adjective “ugly” however. i think he is a definite #1 within the next couple of years. hes got the big shots and doesnt seem to get rattled in big moments. one last thought: i will miss federer when he retires. his shotmaking diversity is simply thrilling to watch. he may not be winning as consistently as he once did, but the guys got so much diversity to his game. i hope he wins @ least a couple of more majors. i also think nadal will bounce back in 2010. hes too determined not to.


Henry Says:

O-kerr and puckbandit, you’re right. it’s too bad racism comes up or the race card is played in the Serena case. I have a lot of respect for what Serena means to (womens)tennis, but this whole matter has been dealt with in the lamest possible way by the ITF and I do think she should not have gotten away with this so easily. You may find the following links of interest.

http://tennisencoach.nl/nieuws/nieuws/serena-williams-suspended#VhmRwqaJyCA0l5g13ASluw

http://tennisencoach.nl/nieuws/nieuws/shame-on-wada-and-itf#KJmeXA7NAArvTzIVH8Q4hQ


puckbandit Says:

Henry,
Thanks for the links. The article points out past suspensions including Connors and Johnny Mac that included majors.

I will take a look at the rules after dinner.

Thanks again.

Bandit


Fifipeanut Says:

Dave B- Delpo’s little cross thing and look up at the sky that he does after his wins is for his sister who died when she was a toddler.


Mary Says:

The links to Henry’s articles are interesting. The problem is nobody takes the time to actually read the rules. There is no “if x, then y” in terms of player outbursts. The rules for player conduct are not specific and open to arbitrary interpretations.

Personally, I would argue that since there are numerous instances where bad calls have cost Serena slams, her response to the foot fault has some reasonable explanation.

Also actual people need to get together for the different hearings, so it takes some time.


anomynouss Says:

haha, halo isn’t on the playstation silly!


tennismonger Says:

Do you folks believe everything you read on the internet?!? I don’t know who the hell “tenniscoach.nl” is but I wouldn’t consider him a real trusted source – he doesn’t exactly say when Connors & McEnroe were banned from majors for example…can any of you come up with the dates?
I remember McEnroe being tossed from the Aussie Open in ’90 I think…but that’s it. I really don’t think Connors was ever banned from a major – after all, if you can get away with screaming at a chair ump that he’s “an abortion” at the same venue of Serena’s transgression, well, you’re a legend right?

No point to make really, just that I think that link posted above is bogus/half-baked.


contador Says:

delpo is not the most graceful mover. tho i like him, must agree he does lots o lunging and lurching.

but i think he is adorable; sweet guy and thanks Fifipeanut for the inside info. aww, that’s tragic. : (


puckbandit Says:

Tennismonger,

I looked it up. Connors was suspended February 21, 1986 for ten weeks, causing him to miss the French Open. It was from a match with LendI at the Lipton tournament.

I found an LA times article but now can’t find the link. I will look again. The article claimed that he was the first player to be suspended through a major. I also believe Mac missed a major, but I didn’t look for the information. If I find the links I will post them.


puckbandit Says:

Okay, here’s a Google news link to the article on connors.

ttp://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1367&dat=19860325&id=js8VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EhQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6639,6950721


AK-47 Says:

Sheila and David B,
You two are the ugliest creatures of the universe, and whoever you two are fan of is uglier than you. You two look like and talk like these 19 filthiest animals: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/pets/galleries/the_worlds_ugliest_animals_/the_worlds_ugliest_animals_.html

How did you like ‘em, rotten minds?
Say another word, I got more for you.


AK-47 Says:

OK, I have decided what David B and Sheila look like and think like Ayer-ayer, Oyster Toadfish, the Philippine Tarsier, the Blobfish, Dobsonfly, and your favorite player is the worst combination of these.
Pictures: http://scienceray.com/biology/zoology/20-weirdest-and-ugliest-looking-animals-on-earth/


tennis served fresh Says:

well, it is a good game. I don’t see what her problem is, just let the man be. yeesh. Good for the ITF to give Serena that type of punishment.


J.F. Mamjja Says:

WTA – Nov 30
1 Serena Williams 9075
2 Dinara Safina 7800
3 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6141
4 Caroline Wozniacki 5875
5 Elena Dementieva 5585
6 Venus Williams 5126
7 Victoria Azarenka 4820
8 Jelena Jankovic 3965
9 Vera Zvonareva 3560
10 Agnieszka Radwanska 3450

Wow, after the Williams sisters retire,
the field will belong to Na-va-cki-ka-vic.


madmax Says:

Mary,

dont even compare roger federer to tiger woods. Roger federer met his future wife when he was 19 years old at the Athens olympics games in 2000 when she was also a professional tennis player, and had to retire due to a foot injury. He has been with her for almost 10 years, has always referred to her as his ‘childhood sweetheart’, and from reading the many articles from both him and her (she used to give interviews, but roger told her to stop when he became more famous, as she became more uncomfortable), they have been in love forever. Having children has cemented their relationship even more and he wanted to get married when they had been with each other for 6 years -but it always conflicted with the tour schedule.

It’s utterly ridiculous to talk about roger in this way.

Tiger woods is a celebrity – that’s the only thing they have in common –

dont bring roger federer down to the level of tiger woods who really, is not a patch on roger.


funches Says:

I don’t care about these topics. I just want to know what the prize is for winning the Tennis-X year-end top 10 prediction contest.

I haven’t checked, but I can’t imagine anyone beat me.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2009-01-12/711.php


Sean Randall Says:

Sorry Goat Girl, diving in the pigsty and getting dirty feels good every now and then. I bring up Tiger because he’s “close” to Federer. And when you consider the Gillette Curse – Henry, Woods both shamed in the last 30 days – Federer’s next. Ha.

O-Kerr, thanks for all the info. Really, though, the only thing learned here is that there is in fact star rules in tennis. Do you think they would haven’t so long to rule had it been Sveta Kuznetsova who did the deed? No way. With Serena they had to break out the “kid gloves”, cross every T, dot every I.

Mary, Tiger’s agent IS NOT the same as Fed’s. However their agents are in the same firm, IMG.

Funches, thanks for the reminder. I’ve been meaning to revisit my 2009 picks – I did pick Federer! Maybe next week! (Nice job BTW)


please Says:

does anyone really think that Murray’s split was because he plays video games too much and has no connection to the fact that he apparently is already dating someone else two days later?


madmax Says:

Sean,

not even funny to suggest that federer could be anything like Tiger. Be careful what you say. If he sees this, could be libel. Journos should try to remain unbiased unless you have proof of course – plus – remember re: Tiger, this is all speculation and rumour right now – and that’s a dangerous source to rely on.


KillerC Says:

thats kinda funny about murray.. hmm isnt the game multiplayer? why didnt she just join in!? considering she could probably never beat em in tennis, lol might as well shoot his ass in the game hah.. anyways these doods travel most of the year, let him have his brain break playing veggie games once in awhile’ tennis to those guys is mostly business by then. I know murray hits the offseason hard, so no biggie’ if he lets his off time devoted to playin Call of Duty! better than cocainin at clubs or methin with slims!

tiger and fed flock together, wouldnt surprise me if fed has a darkside too but doubt we’ll ever hear about it. Their human too, their shit stinks too.

the day tiger crashed he should of held a press confrence and said he accidently crashed while doing a late night run to get sum tiger gatorade from a store due, cuz he was out &crashed due to being sleepy. and would have stopped the media in its trax about the wife fighting business. bad pr on his part.

The serena willams thing was just funny! bogus line call at too important of a time in the match, i would of flipped too. To any other player outside the top 20 that fine would be hurt bad. so you people purpose fine her far more just because her past achievements of winning tourneys? get over it and shove a ball down ur mouth! hah


Mary Says:

Madmax: Um, yeah conflicted tour schedule, but magic they got married after she got pregnant. I’m not posting the guy slept around and I’m not that interested in a thesis on Federer’s life.

Sean: Sorry, I thought they shared the agent. I guess, um, poor IMG.


Twocents Says:

If my memory serves me right (don’t count on it :-)): Tiger married the pretty nanny of another celebrity. While Mirka was seduced by a ATP hot head with zero titles to his name. He has >50 titles now. Talk about good luck or good pick.


puckbandit Says:

KillerC,

The tabloids already had the goods on Tiger’s affair before the accident and neighbors heard them arguing before the crash so I don’t think many would’ve bought that story.

Don’t really care what he does in personal life. But the downside of marketing oneself or “branding” as they call it, is added scrutiny. But it could be argued that Tiger, and to a lesser extent, Fed, are such big stars that even if they didn’t rake in $$$$ for endorsements, their actions would still be big news.


contador Says:

i’m still young enough to hold onto a small shred of hope that a nice guy does exist, even at the pinnacle of sports and a few actually do make good husband’s and father’s. that said, i think we already know federer is human and not perfect. but please let me go on believing, roger. i really never want to hear mirka had to take a tennis racquet to you in a jealous rage.

about muzza: oh well, pick a gamer next time, dude.

no comment on serena. davy denko rocks! i hope he gets a grand slam, too. it’s unlikely tho.

huh, thanks for the compliment on the other thread, u are super nice!


funches Says:

Sean,

My accuracy in predicting the top 10 was as much a function of luck as anything. If Nadal hadn’t gotten hurt, he probably would have ended the year No. 1.

I would have nailed the top seven in the exact order if Djokovic had won in London and Davydenko had not advanced past the semifinals. I also got Tsonga in the top 10.

I will never, ever come that close to getting the top 10 right if I make predictions for the rest of my life.


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, bad blood all over, like in good old times…

Good for Maxi to see that it’s not like here’s milk and honey all the time as she thinks.

AK-47, I actually think that Russian wheat aphid and Muscovy duck are kind of cute!

Anyway, people, do not say “ugly” of anyone. As simple as that. Rule and order! Hatred not allowed!

“Ugly” about someones game – no problem. “Ugly” about a player himself – inexcusable!

As far as Murray’s game addiction and his darling leaving him “because” of that is concerned, well… If he looked up to Nole, he would have concluded that it would be better making love for 7 hours a day like Nole and Jelena do, than play games instead of it :-)!

Cheers all.


huh Says:

“sheila Says:
if delpotro is future of tennis, then i think tennis will be quite boring. his match against soderling, in my opinion, was so one dimensional. big serves and hard flat groundstrokes. barely any rallies. if they missed a 1st serve then maybe a 8-10 ball rally. watching federer against davydanko, what a difference. so much variety in the shotmaking. murray @ least has variety in his shotmaking, although i’m not a fan(dont care for his personality. i agree w/david b, delpo plods around the court like a golem. i don’t agree w/the adjective “ugly” however. i think he is a definite #1 within the next couple of years. hes got the big shots and doesnt seem to get rattled in big moments. one last thought: i will miss federer when he retires. his shotmaking diversity is simply thrilling to watch. he may not be winning as consistently as he once did, but the guys got so much diversity to his game. i hope he wins @ least a couple of more majors. i also think nadal will bounce back in 2010. hes too determined not to.”

sheila,

I am not really sure what the hell are you so much complaining about with regard to Del Potro? Del Potro may or may not be the future of tennis, but one thing’s for sure; so far as I have seen him, when he is at his best, he has out-rallied Rafa (09 Miami)and out-aggressed Fed (US 09 FINAL & WTF 09). But may be you have a very very short memory. Why can’t you see the good in that guy?! He’s a near-perfect or at least STANDARD aggressive player. But he can also win rallies,big and tense ones, against the best of players like Rafa, who is one of the master-rally guys on the tour. DP does pretty well at the net too, he also looks effortless. Del Potro need just a twist of the wrist to produce his ballistic, devastating, often unstoppable, often undefendable and unreturnable forehands, which are his THE shots. Add to that his extremely dangerous backhands, efficient and natural net game, super-decent court coverage and killing serve; then you have in JMDP a player who is anything but one-dimensional.

And make no mistake, I can clearly see that you’re so much dismissive and even disrespectful of DP just coz he’s kicked Fed’s @$$ twice. How can I say this? This much I can say coz I’m a member of RF.COM as Fed’s proud fan. But I clearly see that there also DP’s already been started to be called ugly(and its synonyms) and one-dimensional. Some desperate blind @$$-kissing Fed fans just can’t see any good in any guy when he constantly starts playing well vs Fed and wins. Formerly, when DP was losing to Fed, the Fed-site members unanimously used to praise DP and banked their hope on him beating Rafa so that Fed can gain from it. There was all type of consolation and sympathy for DP when he played like crap in one of the worst matches of his life vs GFed in AO 09 to lose shamefully to Fed. He was also praised when he for the first time terrorised them by playing bravely vs Fed at FO 09. But things have changed now since he has conquered Fed twice. Now that they’ve just started to realise DP’s true potential, they are getting afraid of him and have started spouting all sorts of nonsensical illogical stuff against him. The Rafa-fans have also joined the group, though not expressedly but impliedly with the Fed-fans since both the groups know that DP brings out his best against these guys. So there’s reason to ally with arch-rivals to prevent a common enemy DP’s march to achievements. And much as I hate to say this being a Fed-fan, but you also seem no exception to it. But in the process you appear to have lost all objectivity and sense of common sense in presenting your view. I can go on and on and on on this point, but time constraints are there for me.

Moreover , I feel really upset and surprised to learn from you that while DP’s one-dimensional and Fed’s all the variety, DP still managed to beat Fed in a GS final, nothing less, in his formative years, and again beat him in the grandest stage after the slams, i.e. in WTF! Fed has variety and experience and what not, but they all sucked before the young , inexperienced, one-dimensional DP. Ironical, isn’t it? So twice he has already beaten Fed in two grand stages and not to mention, he was within a hair’s breadth of beating Fed at the 09 FO semfinal. So much for variety! ;)

And nobody cares about how handsome/beautiful anyone is, especially when we are talking about tennis. But even then, most, and I really mean MOST including me don’t find DP as an ugly guy. So Dave-B better realise it and so do you, otherwise sour grapes is up for grabs for you people, in plenty! ;)

And last but not the least, father time and mother nature may bring an even more dominating and charismatic tennis guy than Fed. Who knows? Are you absolutely sure to bet against it? So don’t give up hope of losing interest in tennis for the future, as there’s always someone ‘next’ waiting like Fed was the ‘next man’ for Sampras.


madmax Says:

Mary,

Mary Says:
Madmax: Um, yeah conflicted tour schedule, but magic they got married after she got pregnant. I’m not posting the guy slept around and I’m not that interested in a thesis on Federer’s life…’

if you are not that interested in federer’s life, why bring it up in the first place?

I totally agree that it’s irrelevant to talk about players personal lives, but dont point your finger at him without proof.


madmax Says:

Duro Says:
Ha ha ha, bad blood all over, like in good old times…

Good for Maxi to see that it’s not like here’s milk and honey all the time as she thinks.

Good to see you duro and I have to say, not particularly impressed with some of the posters comments that get insulting and personal – what’s the point of that? I thought this forum was about respecting others opinions ABOUT TENNIS!


huh Says:

“Fifipeanut Says:
Dave B- Delpo’s little cross thing and look up at the sky that he does after his wins is for his sister who died when she was a toddler.”

Thanks for sharing this info Fifipeanut. I think I have also read this somewhere, what think, I certainly have! This makes me sad to know this as my sister passed away this year. She was my uncle’s daughter but was as dear to me as my own sis. What I have suffered , only I know, but that’s a different thing altogether. I couldn’t let this pass however. Only a brother can feel the pain of another brother. Sigh.


huh Says:

At least Fed’s not letting photos getting leaked to the internet showing Mirka as nude unlike Mary’s dear Rafa whose girlfriend Maria’s photos are all over the net. So much for humility , graciouness and what not! Atta boy! ;) Rafa fan girls can talk crap about Fed only after their cohort Rafa has led his life as much ok as Fed has.


huh Says:

“Twocents Says:
If my memory serves me right (don’t count on it :-)): Tiger married the pretty nanny of another celebrity. While Mirka was seduced by a ATP hot head with zero titles to his name. He has >50 titles now. Talk about good luck or good pick.”

Very well said Twocents!


huh Says:

“Twocents Says:
If my memory serves me right (don’t count on it :-)): Tiger married the pretty nanny of another celebrity. While Mirka was seduced by a ATP hot head with zero titles to his name. He has >50 titles now. Talk about good luck or good pick.”

Very well said Twocents!


huh Says:

Duro’s most famous and cute statement :) -

Hatred not Allowed!


eric Says:

huh — take a chill pill! geez. Sheila never said that delpo is not a great player. In fact, you will note that she expects him to be a future #1. The only point she was making is that she thought the delpo-soderling match was dull, and, therefore, if delpo is the “future of tennis,” then future tennis matches are also going to be dull. That’s it. Disagree if you like, but there was no need for a long angry rant.

Now, as for some bigger points you made, let’s keep in mind that tennis is a fairly complicated sport with many variables, some of them out of anyone’s control, and that the best player doesn’t always win. Moreover, players with one-sided games win all the time and can be very successful. So to claim that delpo’s game is one-sided doesn’t conflict in the slightest with him beating federer. Personally, I like Del Potro just fine, but I think objectively his best game is not as varied as Federer’s best game. The problem for Federer is that delpo always brings his best game to their matches.

Another illustration of the point that variety does not always lead to victory is Agassi and Sampras. Agassi never gets the respect he deserves. In my opinion, he was simply a better player than Sampras – hear me out before lynching me. What I mean is this. Yes, Sampras has a fairly big winning record over Agassi, and, yes, he won a lot more slams (although I think often people overlook that only Federer, Sampras, and Borg won more than Agassi). But Agassi was simply more versatile and varied – that’s why he’s the only player with a ‘golden slam’. Yes, Sampras won more, but pure winning percentage isn’t the only measure of ability, and if Agassi had been as mentally ‘there’ for his whole career as he was in his last few years, who’s to say he wouldn’t have been more of a challenge to Sampras? Just my two cents. The point I’m making is just that a player can have as elegant and varied a game as anyone’s ever had, and sometimes (often, even – look at Fed vs Nadal) they just can’t make it work against comparatively “one-sided” players.


puckbandit Says:

Eric,
Interesting points about Sampras vs. Agassi. I agree that there is an argument to be made that Agassi had a more varied game than Sampras.

The big difference, and IMHO the difference maker for the rivalry, was Sampras’s serve, which in my opinion is the greatest, single- shot weapon ever in the men’s game. Please note, I’m not a Sampras fanatic, just an observer. While all the great servers can get freebie points on their serve, including Roger, whose serve is excellent, Pete’s serve was just from another planet. It was a game changer in the truest sense of that phrase.

That serve contributed to an excellent comparison of Sampras and Federer from Andy himself. During an impromptu visit to the studio booth during the USO Andy was asked for an assessment of both men’s game. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said that Roger could play lengthy stretches of extraordinary tennis and take the game away from him with his consistency. Pete, on the other hand, could player lengthy stretches of rather ordinary tennis, then when the set or match got tight, he’d raise his game, serve like a madman, and a previously even set or match would be gone to Pete in a flash.

I always thought that was a brilliant assessment, all the more relevant coming from his perspective.


puckbandit Says:

Okay, I’m tired. Above should be Andre, not Andy. I guess I have Murray on the mind! LOL


devastatingdjokovic Says:

Agassi is simply awesome.


tenisbebe Says:

tennismonger – re: your post of December 2nd, 2009 at 9:39 pm “…I really don’t think Connors was ever banned from a major..”

It is common knowledge among old school tennis aficiandos that Connors was banned from playing the 1974 French Open because he had contracted to play WTT (talk about a bogus rule!). Furthermore, many, many, many contend that this prevented him from winning the Grand Slam as he was completely dominant that year, losing only 4 matches in 20 tournaments (99 wins), winning the AO, Wimbledon and the USO along the way. This is brought up from time-to-time during telecasts.

As for Mac, he was defaulted (not banned) during a 4th round match. He was however suspended for 2 months & fined after the 1987 USO, preventing him from playing in the Sept, Oct, Nov tourneys that year.


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – didn’t complete my sentence. 3rd paragraph s/b “As for Mac, he was defaulted (not banned) during a 4th round match at the 1990 AO.”


tenisbebe Says:

Can someone please explain to me, who is somewhat ignorant of futbol rules, what exactly is the transgression that Thierry committed? Used his hands for a goal & didn’t come clean? Thanks in advance.


andrea Says:

well, i get the whole del potro thing is boring…sorry to say ‘huh’

after seeing him play live and also on TV, he is very sampras like. he’s big, peering out from bushy eyebrows and a little lurch-like. if you didn’t like sampras, (who eerily shares very similar qualities to del potro) you probably won’t get fired up over del potro.

it is going to be very difficult to fill the shoes of roger federer (whose career del potro has many times stated he hopes to one day emulate vis-a-vis fan adoration, player respectability etc) as roger is one of those once in a lifetime, alchemy type of sports figures. gifted, charismatic, universally lauded as a sportsman…and the list goes on.

it’s virtually impossible for any player to reach the same lofty heights as roger has and it’s not a virtue of them having no skills (which del potro has plenty of) or no passion (which he also does). none of us can discount the players at the top of men’s tennis today – they are good.

at the end of the day, you are one of the very very few that can transcend a sport and become an Icon, or you aren’t. that doesn’t take away from, or diminish, the achievements of others.


huh Says:

andrea, Pete is my all time fave apart from Fed, but I happen to like Fed more. But I just did not understand what you didn’t like about Sampras? Was it his servd, which to me is the dearest shot after Fed FH or was it his beautiful one-handed backhand? Did you also dislike the running FH of Sampras which was magnificent by the way? Sorr but I can’t agree with you re. Pete and DP. Pete was majestic and so is Fed and they are far from boring. DP is also for your information, NOT boring. His fan following is increasing gradually , and justfully so.


Andrew Miller Says:

Maybe Ms. Scotland is a gamer.

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