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MuggsyB

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Re: Tennis
« Reply #1350 on: September 15, 2022, 09:00:24 AM »
Federer announced his retirement. 

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« Reply #1351 on: September 15, 2022, 09:21:02 AM »
Federer announced his retirement.

He had been "retired" for some time now, but he now makes it official.

“I am 41 years old, I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years,” Federer said in an audio clip posted on social media. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamed and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

And what a career it was. Loved watching his surgical precision and his will to win on display.

Rafa is on the clock. It wouldn't stun me if he announces his retirement this year or next.
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« Reply #1352 on: September 15, 2022, 10:10:14 AM »
He had been "retired" for some time now, but he now makes it official.

“I am 41 years old, I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years,” Federer said in an audio clip posted on social media. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamed and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

And what a career it was. Loved watching his surgical precision and his will to win on display.

Rafa is on the clock. It wouldn't stun me if he announces his retirement this year or next.

Rafa was at about 66% at the USOpen.   I still think he's got one more French Open in him.  15 just sounds better than 14.  The Djoker could still very well catch him but my hope is Alcaraz kicks up his level a year earlier than I expect.  Ideally the way for Rafa to go out would be for him to throttle both Alcaraz and Djokovic at Roland Garros, snag #15, and for the organizers of the French Open to print Vamos fifteen times with Rafa's image at the back of the center court.  There are no guarantees in life.....except that 15 with a record of 119-3 will never be touched.  :)

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Re: Tennis
« Reply #1353 on: September 15, 2022, 10:59:07 AM »
Rafa was at about 66% at the USOpen.   I still think he's got one more French Open in him.  15 just sounds better than 14.  The Djoker could still very well catch him but my hope is Alcaraz kicks up his level a year earlier than I expect.  Ideally the way for Rafa to go out would be for him to throttle both Alcaraz and Djokovic at Roland Garros, snag #15, and for the organizers of the French Open to print Vamos fifteen times with Rafa's image at the back of the center court.  There are no guarantees in life.....except that 15 with a record of 119-3 will never be touched.  :)

All of that would be cool.
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Re: Tennis
« Reply #1354 on: September 15, 2022, 01:01:51 PM »
Federer announced his retirement.

Definitely open to discussion, but I think Federer is #1 all-time. Although, if Borg had played till age 40, He would have enough titles to never be caught.

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« Reply #1355 on: September 15, 2022, 01:24:44 PM »
Definitely open to discussion, but I think Federer is #1 all-time. Although, if Borg had played till age 40, He would have enough titles to never be caught.

FWIW, fun fact, at the same age/period of his life when Borg retired, Fed actually had more grand slams.  Borg's run was dominant, but I think his relative lack of hard court Grand Slam success would have prevented "uncatchable" major totals.

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« Reply #1356 on: September 15, 2022, 01:43:17 PM »
Definitely open to discussion, but I think Federer is #1 all-time. Although, if Borg had played till age 40, He would have enough titles to never be caught.

My take is he's the most complete and talented player of all time but both Djoker and Nadal are better.  They're mentally tougher imo.  There are a handful of results that may have changed my point of view, matches where Federer absolutely should have won against both players, but the bottom line is he didn't.  I will also add that Nadal exploited Fed's backhand on clay and he was never the same player on that surface.  He could not handle the heavy (and also bad-ass) top-spin Rafa put on the ball in extended rallies.  I stand by my opinion that clay is the most pure tennis surface because you get way fewer free points on serve and can cover the most ground with great footwork. 

I will say that Borg winning 6 French, and 5 Wimbledons by age 25, some of them back to back (and a week or two weeks apart ) is extraordinary.  This can't just be glossed over when discussing the all-time greats.  That said, when three guys completely eviscerate their competition for 17-20 yrs, so much so that you could pencil them in to get to GS semis, and their opponents visibly knew that had no chance whatsoever, it's impossible for me not to conclude they are the three greatest players to have ever stepped on the court.

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« Reply #1357 on: September 15, 2022, 03:18:52 PM »
FWIW, fun fact, at the same age/period of his life when Borg retired, Fed actually had more grand slams.  Borg's run was dominant, but I think his relative lack of hard court Grand Slam success would have prevented "uncatchable" major totals.

You’re probably right, though I was referring to all titles won - not just majors.

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Re: Tennis
« Reply #1358 on: September 16, 2022, 08:46:12 AM »
ATP Challenger Tour Press Release of increased money and improvements:

https://twitter.com/atpchallenger/status/1570759455809093633?s=21&t=IrABYbkVlNgmNhp1or9fDw

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Re: Tennis
« Reply #1359 on: September 25, 2022, 08:59:08 PM »
First ATP Singles Title for Brandon Nakashima, and, he does it in his hometown of San Diego. Tomorrow he will be the 9th American currently ranked in the ATP Top 50.

 

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