Tuesday comes and with it, the favorite section of the readers. You ask and we respond, direct contact with users on matters related to this precious sport that is tennis. Today Fernando Murciego I will answer your questions today in this new installment of ‘Ask us’.
one]Eduardo asks: What do you think the Spanish Davis Cup team will be in 6-7-8 years?
You are proposing a long time, Eduardo, but we will shoot for Alejandro Davidovich, Jaume Munar, Nicola Kuhn, Carlos Alcaraz and Carlos Gimeno.
2]Julián asks: What explanation do you give to the United States taking almost 20 years without winning a Grand Slam and without top5?
As you may well know, tennis is a matter of cycles, the important thing is to resist in the best possible way in the low cycles. Do not fall into oblivion, as happened to Sweden. As for the United States, it is clear that they still have a large number of players in the elite (eight top100), although they no longer stand out at the main table (no top20). I think his work is still remarkable, much better than three decades ago, what has changed is the circuit. The issue of surfaces, for example, now prevents factors such as service or power from being as easily imposed as in the late 1990s, at least in ultra-fast tournaments where to succeed with those two pieces. Now no longer, now the circuit forces you to be complete, not to have weak points. That is the war that Americans have in their hands, finding a player who meets those parameters. In girls, for example, they enjoy the same health as always, because service on the women’s circuit never had weight in history, nor will it.
3]Jamba asks: I propose to lay the groundwork for establishing a GOAT in these no-tennis times. I would like you to propose what conditions should be taken into account from your point of view and thus see which tennis players coincide the most within what is established. Which tennis player would be the best following objective conditions?
Honestly, the GOAT debate has been boring me for quite some time now. For closing it once and for all and taking into account that we will not see players like Federer, Nadal or Djokovic (at least, I do not think I will see them), the best player in history should be drawn from that trident. Who’s the best? All and none. It goes by tastes, that easy. Not for having more Grand Slams you are better, for beating your rival more times, not even for being more weeks of number 1. Each one leads some records, but it is impossible to define which ones have more merit. Determining who is the best ever leads to cross several profiles that transcend tennis, so that each person will feel more affection for one or the other, regardless of their successes. It is a totally subjective position, impossible to measure or verify empirically. For me it is Roger, even though he has lost 24 times to Rafa or he will end up with fewer big titles than Novak.
4]Pablo asks: I wanted to ask several questions about the Davis Cup 2020 final phase. In principle it is signed for Madrid, but will it be disputed? If it does not, will they extend so that Madrid will host the 2021 one?
I wish we knew, but it’s all up in the air. It seems that both the US Open and Roland Garros are going to be held, so that helps us think that the Davis Cup should also be held. What remains to be known are the conditions, whether the public will be allowed or not. Being a tournament of nations that moves so much, it would be absurd to do it without fans, so it will depend on the organization. On the question about 2021, I have no idea, it would be necessary to ask them if they already have something approved, even signed, with another headquarters.
5]Eduardo asks: The other day I read Zhang’s article and asked myself the following. Being the country with the most population in the world, how could you still not have a top100 in your ranks and Asian countries like Japan, Taiwan, South Korea or India?
Well, it must be said that in girls they currently have five players in the top100, the question is what happens to men. It is strange, the truth. According to the information that comes to us from there, they are getting closer, in fact, there are multiple Spanish coaches who at the time have collaborated with the Chinese Federation in that search for talent. Experience tells me that as soon as the first one is in, then many more will come.
6]Javier asks: About Djokovic and Federer, who do you think has been better on the ground, Roger in 2006 or Novak in 2011/2015?
Difficult to compare, the clay has changed a lot in that balance of ten years. Regardless of the times and, not counting the rivals that each one had in front, I think it would be necessary to start by saying that Novak is a better player than Federer on clay. Both of them being outstanding over it. Once this idea was defined, Federer in 2006 could only be stopped by Nadal, snatching the three finals of that year in brick dust. The Swiss did not win any clay titles that season, so I would go for Nole’s 2011/2015 earlier.
7]Eli asks: How do you rate Andre Agassi as the only individual men’s tennis player to have won all 7 major titles? Four Grand Slam, Masters Cup, Olympic Gold and Davis Cup.
I value him as he deserves, placing him as one of the best players in the history of tennis. A guy misunderstood on many occasions, but with a class and competitive talent like few others. Life put many traps in the way but it also gave him the opportunity to shine, at least once, in each of those scenarios. That determination, that validity and that curriculum will be difficult for us to see again.
8]Josevi asks: Do you think it’s fair for a woman to earn the same as a man in Grand Slams if they play three sets? If I work in a company eight hours a day, shouldn’t they pay me more than the one who works five hours?
Hot debate the one you propose to me, friend Josevi. For years, women have been asking to play five sets to completely eliminate this issue, but it was never accepted, or even raised. Why? Do those above think that the public would not stay to watch a fifth set among women? Think about it a bit that way. Perhaps the key is not so much in the number of sets, but in what each one generates, what they drag. That is why this dilemma will always exist on the table, it is unapproachable even if you explain it with the greatest education but if it were up to me, and as much as reading your analogy may seem unfair, I would leave it as it is. Women have struggled a lot during all these years to now take away the equality they have achieved.
9]Giancarlo asks: Roger Federer vs. top10 record between 2003-07? If they can break it down year after year it would be fantastic.
2003 · Record 9-5: It was the first season that Roger started and ended in the top10, maybe that’s why it took him a little longer to acclimatize. Men like Albert Costa, Jiri Novak, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt or Juan Carlos Ferrero surprised him throughout the year, although the key fact is in the final stretch. Federer would reach the Masters Cup with a negative balance of 4-5 against players located among the top ten in the world. In Houston, however, there was no color. He beat Nalbandian, Ferrero, Roddick and Agassi twice to close the course with a 9-5 record.
2004 · Record 18-0: Little more to say, here the numbers speak for themselves. Federer only lost six games that year, but none to top 10 players. Tim Henman, being No. 11 in Rotterdam, was the highest ranked player to beat him. The Swiss was relentless and even repeated the plenary in the Masters Cup, defeating Gaudio, Moyá, Safin and Agassi twice.
2005 · Record 15-2: Only two stumbles against the group of the top ten: in the semifinals of the Australian Open against Marat Safin (# 5) and in the semifinals of Roland Garros against Rafa Nadal (# 5). In the Masters Cup, curiously, he beat all the top 10 that he measured (Gaudio, Coria, Ljubicic), but he did not count on David Nalbandian (# 12 ATP in that tournament) taking the trophy from him on Sunday.
2006 · Record 19-4: Roger’s empire continued to grow and his superiority within the top10 was evident, although in 2006 there was a man who became an expert in winning the Swiss finals. Dubai, Monte Carlo, Rome and Roland Garros, in all four gave in to world number 2 Rafael Nadal. Later, in the Masters Cup, Federer would take it out again, going undefeated from Shanghai. Neither Nalbandian, nor Roddick, nor Ljubicic, nor Blake, nor even Nadal knew how to stop him.
2007 · Record 18-4: Again Nadal would scratch a couple of finals again (Monte Carlo and Roland Garros), but this time the Spanish was not alone. Novak Djokovic (# 4) would defeat the Swiss in the Canadian final, while Fernando González (# 7) would give him the initial scare at the Shanghai Masters Cup. Of course, that stumbling would not prevent Roger from passing over Davydenko, Roddick, Nadal and Ferrer to conquer his fourth title as a teacher.
CONCLUSION: Roger Federer played 94 matches against top10 players between the 2003 and 2007 seasons, with a balance of 79-15 in his favor.
10]Alan Kroll asks: What did Nikolay Davydenko lack to better rub elbows with Big3?
That the others were ever injured. Outside jokes, the Russian beat Federer twice, Djokovic twice and Nadal six times. What was missing? That any of those ten wins were in the Grand Slam, that would have allowed him to play some final, perhaps win it and, perhaps, get that extra confidence to believe himself capable of eating at the same table as them. For whatever reason, he could never take that ‘small’ step.
eleven]Gabriel asks: There are cases of players who have been forgotten over the years. A clear example, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former world number 1 and winner of two Grand Slams in singles. Which tennis player or tennis players of this generation do you think will be forgotten in about 20 years?
It would be crazy to compare the speed with which the world is moving now compared to that time. Before there was no Internet, there were not so many platforms, there were no social networks, sport did not have the reach that it has today. Look at Roberto Carretero, he did not have a very long career, nor did he enjoy much regularity, but everyone knows him because he appears on television. On the other hand, if we ask fans under the age of 25 for Manuel Orantes or Sergi Bruguera, many of them would have to search Wikipedia. That ‘forgetfulness’ you refer to has not so much to do with your performance on the track, but rather with the visibility and the connection that each one decides to maintain with the media and the other speakers.
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