How many Masters Series titles did Rod Laver win?
How many Masters Series titles did Bjorn Borg win?
How many Masters Series titles Ivan Lendl win?
How many Masters Series titles did Pete Sampras win?
Get my drift?
While it’s nice, prestigious accomplishment and worthy of praise, the present history books will confirm the Masters Series titles like the one Novak Djokovic won (or Roger Federer lost) yesterday at Indian Wells probably aren’t going to factor in much in the GOAT debate.
Sure, right now Rafael Nadal is well ahead of Federer in that court (26-21), but in 10-15 years who will really care? Who will remember?
Do you really think Sampras is worried that Andy Murray is just TWO behind him in this category? No!
That’s because it’s the Slams that matter, it’s the No. 1 ranking. Everything else? Well, meh.
Now maybe Nadal and Federer or someone else ends up so close in the Slam count that it warrants a tiebreaker, then I could see Masters events maybe factoring in the discussion. But who knows how many there will be in the future? What if there are fewer, or more, or as they are now easier to win b/c many are no longer 5-sets and now award byes in the first rounds.
So not to diminish these events at Indian Wells and Miami – they are a boon for the sport here in the U.S. – but unfortunately because they are not Slams (sorry, there is no “Fifth Slam”), they’ll likely to be cast off and forgotten as time rolls on.
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