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Date: 28 Jan 2009 07:40:15
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Men's tennis still a two-horse game
This AO has proved again that 2009 will be again mostly about Rafael
Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer had a hiccup in 2008 due to a
combination of mono and changed priorities, whereas in the meantime
Nadal steadily improved and finally captured the #1 ranking. The 2009
version of Federer looks much better than his 2008 version and much
closer to his peak, and Rafael Nadal has not lost any of his form,
holding his peak form steady.

There's no big four. Djokovic seems to have won a slam prematurely and
Murray, well, he hasn't won anything significant.

In terms of temperament and all other things combined, there are only
two heavyweights in men's tennis: Federer and Nadal. The consistency
shown by these two in the past 2-3 years is amazing.




 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 15:01:07
From:
Subject: Re: Men's tennis still a two-horse game
On Jan 28, 10:40=A0am, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> This AO has proved again that 2009 will be again mostly about Rafael
> Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer had a hiccup in 2008 due to a
> combination of mono and changed priorities, whereas in the meantime
> Nadal steadily improved and finally captured the #1 ranking. The 2009
> version of Federer looks much better than his 2008 version and much
> closer to his peak, and Rafael Nadal has not lost any of his form,
> holding his peak form steady.
>
> There's no big four. Djokovic seems to have won a slam prematurely and
> Murray, well, he hasn't won anything significant.
>
> In terms of temperament and all other things combined, there are only
> two heavyweights in men's tennis: Federer and Nadal. The consistency
> shown by these two in the past 2-3 years is amazing.

I still think this is going to be a big year for Murray. He's got a
decent shot at a Slam
and will be up there with Rafa and Fed in points by the end of the
year, imo.


 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 12:38:43
From: ahonkan
Subject: Re: Men's tennis still a two-horse game
On Jan 28, 8:40=A0pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> This AO has proved again that 2009 will be again mostly about Rafael
> Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer had a hiccup in 2008 due to a
> combination of mono and changed priorities, whereas in the meantime
> Nadal steadily improved and finally captured the #1 ranking. The 2009
> version of Federer looks much better than his 2008 version and much
> closer to his peak, and Rafael Nadal has not lost any of his form,
> holding his peak form steady.
>
> There's no big four. Djokovic seems to have won a slam prematurely and
> Murray, well, he hasn't won anything significant.
>
> In terms of temperament and all other things combined, there are only
> two heavyweights in men's tennis: Federer and Nadal. The consistency
> shown by these two in the past 2-3 years is amazing.

I think you are being a bit uncharitable to many and a bit early
to claim
that Fed-09 is much better than Fed-08 and much closer to his
peak.
Murray, Djoker, Simon, Monfils, Tsonga, Del Potro and even Gasquet
will start troubling the Big Two very soon and quite
consistently.
Also, the JMDP demolition is too small a sample to claim that Fed
is
back at SuperFed level. He is at his best in Slams and seems to be
peaking at the right time, but so is Rafa, who hasn't lost a set
yet.
He wasn't even broken in the first 3 matches, which is downright
scary!
Fed wasn't too impressive at Doha where Murray's relentless attack
broke Fed's BH down - something we know Rafa can do even better.
Fed still plays loose when serving for a set, is a bit shaky on
his
serve and fails to convert too many BPs. IMO, these are major
areas
of concern.
GreatRafa > GoodFed, but GodFed > GreatRafa and GoodFed >
GoodRafa.
Wonder which ones show up on Sunday. Assuming both take care of
business on Friday!


 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 08:12:39
From: Lax
Subject: Re: Men's tennis still a two-horse game
They haven't even made the final yet. Roddick has been playing well,
and Verdasco would beat Nadal at their current levels.


  
Date: 28 Jan 2009 16:12:19
From:
Subject: Re: Men's tennis still a two-horse game
In article
<e1ab58c7-2302-4b7e-9454-024b0c896468@v5g2000prm.googlegroups.com >,
Lax.Clarke@gmail.com (Lax) wrote:

>
> They haven't even made the final yet. Roddick has been playing
> well,
> and Verdasco would beat Nadal at their current levels.

Oh, now...I think the world and all of the way Verdasco's been playing,
but *anyone* would have trouble returning the serves Nadal's been packing
this week.

wg


 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 07:54:38
From: GOAT
Subject: Re: Men's tennis still a two-horse game
On Jan 28, 3:40 pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> This AO has proved again that 2009 will be again mostly about Rafael
> Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer had a hiccup in 2008 due to a
> combination of mono and changed priorities, whereas in the meantime
> Nadal steadily improved and finally captured the #1 ranking. The 2009
> version of Federer looks much better than his 2008 version and much
> closer to his peak, and Rafael Nadal has not lost any of his form,
> holding his peak form steady.
>
> There's no big four. Djokovic seems to have won a slam prematurely and
> Murray, well, he hasn't won anything significant.
>
> In terms of temperament and all other things combined, there are only
> two heavyweights in men's tennis: Federer and Nadal. The consistency
> shown by these two in the past 2-3 years is amazing.

So true. There's another name for a period containing only two
worthwhile players. I can't quite remember what it is.

Something to do with people you may find in a circus.........?