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Swiatek dominating the women's game. Something like 55-7 in top level matches and the youngest player to win three slams since 2008 and the first woman to win two slams in one season for a long time. Shame that Barty retired as that may have developed into a healthy rivalry but according to Barty a comeback will never happen. She seems content with what she achieved and simply doesn't want that lifestyle anymore.
 
Kind of cool the youngster broke through.
As one Spaniard is heading toward the sunset, the other is stepping onto the scene...
Will need to keep working hard in order to succeed giants that commentators I've listened to already seen off and holes they're leaving filled.

I have no idea what the ratings at the moment are like, but it may take some time to hit the heights reached during the Big Three.
Fortunately, they aren't retiring like the current generation of cyclists is, making the decline in publicity less steep.
 
Since 2006, this is the number of different winners of the four slams for the men:

Australian Open - 4
Roland Garros - 4
Wimbledon - 4
US Open - 10

Quite a peculiar little stat.

Which means that in 17 seasons, no player not named Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal or Wawrinka has won one of the three first Grand Slams.
 
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Since 2006, this is the number of different winners of the four slams for the men:

Australian Open - 4
Roland Garros - 4
Wimbledon - 4
US Open - 10

Quite a peculiar little stat.

Which means that in 17 seasons, no player not named Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal or Wawrinka has won one of the three first Grand Slams.
Marat Safin was the last guy outside of those top 5. Only guy that could have given Federer trouble on hard courts (and other courts in all likelihood) had he not had that knee injury two months after beating Federer in one of the best quality matches you’ll likely see and winning the Australian open.
 
Marat Safin was the last guy outside of those top 5. Only guy that could have given Federer trouble on hard courts (and other courts in all likelihood) had he not had that knee injury two months after beating Federer in one of the best quality matches you’ll likely see and winning the Australian open.
Yes, if Safin hadn't won that match, it would probably have been 18 seasons instead of 17. Because then Federer would have won all non-Roland Garros Grand Slams in a four year period (assuming he would have won the final).
 
Marat Safin was the last guy outside of those top 5. Only guy that could have given Federer trouble on hard courts (and other courts in all likelihood) had he not had that knee injury two months after beating Federer in one of the best quality matches you’ll likely see and winning the Australian open.
Safins reputation rests so much on that one match that Fed choked away it's unfunny. If he was so good he should've taken over after breaking through and winning the USO in 2000. Didn't have crushing H2Hs with any high calibre players. Too many weaknesses in his game too, only the backhand was top tier really. Safin was more like the Wawrinka of his era.
 
Safins reputation rests so much on that one match that Fed choked away it's unfunny. If he was so good he should've taken over after breaking through and winning the USO in 2000. Didn't have crushing H2Hs with any high calibre players. Too many weaknesses in his game too, only the backhand was top tier really. Safin was more like the Wawrinka of his era.
Couldn’t be more wrong
 
Safin never even broke 55% games won for a season and broke 70% matches won only twice, with only one full year in it. His stats are diabolical.
He had injury problems every time he played well. He had had back problems in 2001, had wrist problems in 2003 (withdrew from the AO open before playing Schüttler, who made it to the final that year), and missed most of the year, then after winning in Australia in 2005, he had a knee injury which required surgery later in 2005. He then missed 7 months. He was never the same player after that. He said that he didn’t stop feeling pain until 2008, and after that he only played on your until November 2009. You really need to do some research. Plenty of former top pros like Wilander, Becker, Sampras, McEnroe, stated how good he was. You don’t beat guys like Sampras, Agassi, Federer, Djokovic, Hewitt, Roddick, Ferrer, Moya, Nalbandian, Henman, Coria, etc without being a good player. Wawrinka started peaking at an age where Safin was retired. It’s not a valid comparison.
 
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What an end of the season by Holger Rune!

A bit of a pity that he played so poorly in the months after his RS quarterfinal. Just a few hundred points in that period and he would have qualified for Turin (especially if he wins tomorrow).
 

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