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Old 09-12-2010, 06:21 PM   #61
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Rain has washed away the men's final until Monday afternoon. You never really know who that will favor, and if it really has anything to do with who wins. Rafa could beat Novak in straight sets Monday, but maybe could also do so today...or whatever the outcome is. But one would think with as much energy as Novak expended in his five set match with Federer that he could use an extra day of rest.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:37 AM   #62
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Congratulations to Rafael Nadal for completing the career Grand Slam by winning the 2010 US Open. The conversation about who is the best ever to play usually revolves around Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rod Laver. Although Rafa has fewer Majors than those players, he is only 24 and is now the best player on all surfaces, not just clay. He won three of the four Majors in 2010, looks invincible at Roland Garros and most importantly, his head to head against Roger Federer favors Rafa.

That's part of the reason I have never considered Roger the best ever. One of the best, yes, but not the best. Before Rafa was injured a year ago, he had begun to dominate Roger. Roger broke the Major record after Nadal was hobbled by injury. Now, sometimes an all-time great can be beaten by a younger player toward the end of his career. But a few years ago, and even now, Roger is close enough to his prime that I can't dismiss Rafa's wins. I can't dismiss that two years ago in 2008 they played 4 times and Rafa won all four. I can't call a player the best if he is losing two thirds of the matches he plays against his chief rival, and that is the case with Federer-Nadal. Nadal holds a 14-7 career advantage, and 5-2 in Grand Slam finals. If Sampras was at that kind of deficit against Agassi, I couldn't call Sampras the best...if he wasn't even the best of his own era! For the record, Sampras holds a 20-14 edge over Agassi, and more importantly had a 4-1 advantage in Grand Slam finals.

But for those who just count total Majors, Roger has 16 (he's 5 years older and thus started winning before Rafa came into his own) and Nadal "only" has 9. But Rafa is 24 years old, owns Roland Garros, has conquered Wimbledon and now is a monster on hard courts. I don't think everything should be determined on total Majors. For example, Annika does not hold the most Major wins on the LPGA, but is considered by most the best ever. You have to read more into the numbers than just totals. There are other factors that you have to read into those numbers. Steffi Graf has the second most singles Majors in women's tennis, to Margaret Court (24-22). But how many more Majors would Martina Navratilova have won were she not playing at the same time as Chris Evert? Or vise versa? How many less might Graf had won if Monica Seles had not been stabbed on court? Seles was owning Graf at the time she was attacked, which is why Gunther Parche stabbed her. Seles was still good when she came back, winning one more Major, but nothing like the player she was before. So as for where Rafa will rank among the best ever, or where Roger ranks, or Pete or Rod, let the debate go on!
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Congrats also to American Vania King who teamed up with Yaroslava Shvedova to win their second Major doubles title by winning the US Open Women's Doubles Championship in three sets (split over two days due to the rain)...way to go, Vania!

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