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Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« on: January 25, 2012, 08:40:04 PM »

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Since the 2005 French Open, the only grand slam that was not won by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic was the 2009 U.S. Open won by Juan Martin Del Potro.

Adding in Andy Murray, no one else made a final last year (Murray and Federer 1 appearance each, with the other 6 slots split evenly by Djokovic and Nadal).  Those four are the only men left at this years Australian Open, which means 4 of the last 5 Grand Slams semi finals comprised those four (last year at Wimbledon Federer lost in the quarters to Tsonga or it would have been 5 straight).  


I don't ever remember a time where 4 men (I'm including Murray since he is clearly way better than everyone else) dominated the rest of the field like this.  Totally impressive, especially since they are all doing it on all 3 surfaces.  


The questions I'm struggling with are

Is this good for tennis?  If not, what can tennis do about it?

What does this mean for American tennis (since none are American)?

Who is going to be the person to challenge those four?

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 08:47:23 PM »

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It is pretty amazing... And those four can almost be taken down to two up until these past couple years because Nadal and Federer were there in everyyyyy championship.

This question always comes up around the bon fire...Who was more dominant at their own sport...Federer or Tiger?
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Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 09:28:44 PM »

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At least they're entertaining players to watch. Nadal especially.


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Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2012, 09:38:54 PM »

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I think it's great for men's tennis.  Having an elite group makes their matches
against each other unbelievable exciting, and it's fun to see/predict who can/will
break into their circle.  U.S. men's tennis is downright horrid at the moment.
Quantity as always but no shining stars.

The women's game is also great these days, but it's been hurt I think
by early retirements and no clear elite 2-4.  It's more like an elite 6-10.
The Williams sisters make things interesting.  Go Venus.

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2012, 09:59:38 PM »

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Those guys are just miles ahead of the rest.  It's mostly mental too, the guy ranked 75th in the world works as hard as Djokovic, has the same amount of talent, it's just all mental.

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2012, 10:02:02 PM »

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Hoping Fed will make a final push in his career and win a few more titles.

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 06:47:00 AM »

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Great match so far from Federer and Nadal.

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012, 02:36:48 PM »

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Unlike team sports like Basketball and football a dominant player can take over a game in golf or tennis. If the NBA was set up for singles matches, it would be the same with Kobe, Wade, Durant, and Lebron winning them all for the last few years.

In tennis you don't have to defer, so these guys with the most talent just leave it all on the court every game and it shows.
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Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 12:03:26 PM »

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Djokovic is now the defending champion in the last 3 Grand Slams and has to be the clear favorite at the French Open. 

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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2012, 12:07:07 PM »

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It is pretty amazing... And those four can almost be taken down to two up until these past couple years because Nadal and Federer were there in everyyyyy championship.

This question always comes up around the bon fire...Who was more dominant at their own sport...Federer or Tiger?
tiger.

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2012, 05:47:56 PM »

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It is pretty amazing... And those four can almost be taken down to two up until these past couple years because Nadal and Federer were there in everyyyyy championship.

This question always comes up around the bon fire...Who was more dominant at their own sport...Federer or Tiger?
tiger.
I concur, but if Djokovic can close out the French, he might very well surpass them both.  Novak had the 40+ win streak to start last year, won 3 of the 4 Grand Slams and if not for a late stretch where he was injured may have closed out the greatest tennis season of the modern era.  All he needs is the French Open and he will have the supposed Tiger Slam.

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 03:24:47 PM »

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Murray lost in the quarters, but the other three all made the semis of the French. 

Nadal beat Ferrer in straight sets and lost 5 games the whole match to reach the finals.  Djokovic beat Federer in straight sets to reach his first French Open final.  If Djokovic beats Nadal, he will be the first man in 43 years to be the defending champion at all 4 majors. 

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2012, 03:34:53 PM »

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Were it not for the Australian Open, you could have said the same thing about Connors, McEnroe, and Borg during the late 70s/early 80s.
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Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2012, 03:51:36 PM »

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I think the current level of men's tennis is as high as ever. Those top 4 + Ferrer, Tsonga and Soderling (healthy) play on such an unbelieveble high level.

Nadal - Djokovic final is gonna be great, I guess Nadal wins this time. He is playing amazing

Re: Men's Tennis dominated by 3 or 4 men
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2012, 11:20:35 AM »

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delay in the final, probably a good think for Djokovic as he was very flat all game long.  The occassional flash like he is going to put it together, but mostly flat and Nadal has a fairly big lead, up a set and up a break at 4-2 in the second.

 

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