On Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 10:00:10 AM UTC-4, PeteWasLucky wrote:
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> > On Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 9:15:02 PM UTC-4, Shakes wrote:> Court_1 wrote: > > > The dullard, Chimpras comes out of hiding to say a few words! He > > probably had to read a teleprompter to get those few sentences out!> LOL ! You sure have a strong dislike for him, huh ? Maybe if he had > shed a tear or two like Nadal, that would've impressed you a little > more.:D > > BTW you should patent "Chimpras". That's quite funny, I must admit > (and, figuratively, accurate).No, I don't dislike him. I think Raja does. I just think he was awkward socially.I actually think he was probably the best Wimbledon player ever. I think he may even be better than Federer at Wimbledon just because Federer lost too many finals to his rivals on "his turf" IMO.
> How many slams total did Sampras' rivals win? Who were they?
Sampras had plenty of good players around throughout his career and he beat plenty of great players at Wimbledon(Goran, Becker, Agassi, etc.) In the end, all that matters is that he never lost a Wimbledon final and Federer lost four to his biggest rivals.
For the 2008 W final vs Nadal, Federer was in his prime. For the three losses vs Djokovic, Federer was strong enough to get to the finals and outplay Djokovic in some of them so the age excuse is preposterous. You can't be THE goat and lose to your rivals so much in important matches on your own turf.
But it's ok. For me, Federer was the most talented and enjoyable player to watch. I don't have the same desire to watch tennis now that he's gone. However, unlike Whisper who lives to berate Federer or you who idolizes Federer, I can be fairly impartial. It's enough for me that he was "one of" the greatest players ever. He doesn't have to be the the greatest at everything and he isn't. That's very clear. It's all good.