22nd May 22:38
Agreed. That is the one record of Agassi no one has matched.
Edberg and Johnny Mac got within ONE set (actually 2 or 3 games) of having a
career slam, and both of them must still kick themselves since Mac was
ahead 2 sets to none against Lendl, and a break up in the third set, and
IIRC, Edberg was up 2 sets to one and a break up in either the 4th or 5th
set against Chang. Yikes.
My problem with Agassi is that with just one Wimbledon and two US Opens
you can't reconcile that with the greatest ever, especially with only one
year (so far) as the year-end #1,
It sort of is like when Rita Moreno (still?) was the only performer to win
a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar. While it was a totally *unique*
accomplishment, something people like Kate Hepburn, Sinatra, Streisand, Jack
Nicholson, etc, never did, it certainly didn't make her the *greatest*
entertainer of all time.
A better argument for someone besting Sampras as the best ever is still the
Rocket, Laver. His SECOND Slam, still the only Men's Slam in the Open Era
is so impressive, because the pressure was building for him through each
slam he entered. he was the player all the rest of the guys were gunning
for (being the aknowledged #1 player at the time before he started the slam
Actually, any *career* accomplishments are up for grabs if you have a great
player with longetivity. After all, Babe Ruth and now Hank Aarons's long
term HR records look particularly vulnerable. Before Borg and Sampras
people said the *old* Wimbleon records couldn't be equaled in modern times.
And yet during the Open Era, you have one 7 time champ,(Sampras) one 5
time champ,(Borg) and 2 3- time champs (Mac and Becker) despite the alleged
deeper depth in mens tennis.
Talking about unique, Jimmy Connors, because of the timing of his tennis
career, is the only player to win the same slam (US Open) on 3 different
surfaces. That won't happen again simply because probably no one will ever
have the opportunity.