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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #16
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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

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Even players like Novotna would've caused Pova huge problems with the slice, keeping it low and exposing Pova's lack of footwork on grass.

Graf was the most immaculate athlete to ever play the game. Her footwork was exceptional, her foot speed was peerless and she was able to translate this over every surface. She was one of the 'assoluta' players of the game of tennis, no question.

I don't know how well her lack of a consistently driven BH would hold up in today's game, but her athleticism would be 10x higher than the majority of the top 10.
When you've got Steffi Graf's forehand and movement, you can get away with not having a complete game. Also, athleticism =/= good movement.

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Graf is a great player, obviously. But if she played I don't think she would be Top 30.

Was Andre saying he could be No. 5 if he trained hard? oh Dear!
If he was in his prime, and trained hard, and got a little lucky yes that's what he was saying. But then, being number 5 in todays game is like saying you'd be slightly less irrelevant than every other player in the game, but still not able to touch the big 4.
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 03:50 PM   #17
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Nah.

She couldn't cope with Monica because of her power and she could barely cope with the Williams sisters (or Davenport) with their power.

But then again today's WTA tour is god awful so who knows.
She beat all three in her last year on tour.

I wouldnt call that barely coping.
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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

She wasnt even the best in her time. Seles was beating her on hardcourt and clay
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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

She would do well today for sure. Not sure she could win as many slams as she did but she would definitely have 10+. Her slice was awesome and a secret weapon. She hardly missed any balls. I only think she would have to improve her second serve.

BTW, Novotna had a very good record against young Venus. She would also cause many problems for power players.
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She wasnt even the best in her time. Seles was beating her on hardcourt and clay
Steffi was beating Monica on hardcourt and clay as well.

In fact she was doing it in 91, one of Monicas best years.
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She wasnt even the best in her time. Seles was beating her on hardcourt and clay
And so it begins.
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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

Of course he did, he knows that sleeping in a bed is better than the couch
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Tea of truth. Imagine Maria trying to return Graf's slice on grass.
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The greatest female tennis player to play the game would be a top player today if she was in peak physical condition? I am shocked!
I know it's a stunning revelation isn't it? Next they'll be telling us that if Jimi Hendrix had lived he'd be a mean guitar picker.

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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

Graf couldnt even handle Seles at her peak so how on earth would she handle Serena who serves way better, returns as well, hits harder off the ground, moves far better, is a much better athlete, and is better at the net than peak Seles. Maybe she could be the paper #1 ala Azarenka, but even prime Steffi wouldnt be the best over Serena.
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 04:05 PM   #26
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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

Of course Agassi is biased but I agree with him. Especially since if she was playing she'd have gotten used to the increased power bit by bit. Plus she'd have the current gear (racket, strings) that is a part of the increase in power.
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 04:08 PM   #27
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Or indeed Serena, seeing as she struggled to deal with Emilie Loit's mediocre slice at the peak of her career

Honestly, there would be NOONE in today's game who could compete with Steffi on grass. Hardcourts maybe would be a slightly different story.
Serena from the Olympics would kill Graf on grass. Graf wouldnt even touch Serena's serve s half the games are already gone before Serena even has to play beyond that. The fact Graf struggled with mediocre grass players like Seles, Sabatini, Sanchez, and a mental midget non great like Novotna on grass already says enough about how she would do vs Serena.
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Re: Agassi: Graf would be the best in today's game

she'd be top 3 - Serena would have her beat. Parche is banned from tournaments.
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 04:09 PM   #29
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but even prime Steffi wouldnt be the best over Serena.
I disagree. Either way it would be close and not the slam-dunk you make it out to be. If Henin, Raadwanska can deal with Williams' power enough to give her close matches to say that a peak Graf couldn't is looney. Not to mention that I'm not sure Williams is the hardest hitter on tour.

BTW #1 is always "on paper."
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She wasnt even the best in her time. Seles was beating her on hardcourt and clay
Steffi took Seles to 3 sets on clay and trashed her on grass and fast hard courts...
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