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18th Jun '16 2:09:38 PM Lemia
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* '''Maria Sharapova (Russia)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 21 weeks. Has won 5 Grand Slams to achieve a Career Grand Slam and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She shot to fame by winning her maiden Slam at Wimbledon when she was just 17; ever since then, she's recovered from shoulder injuries and her "cow on ice" issues on clay to become one of the steeliest (and [[ScreamingWarrior loudest]]) competitors in tennis and an unexpected clay court master too.

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* '''Maria Sharapova (Russia)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 21 weeks. Has won 5 Grand Slams to achieve a Career Grand Slam and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She shot to fame by winning her maiden Slam at Wimbledon when she was just 17; ever since then, she's recovered from shoulder injuries and her "cow on ice" issues on clay to become one of the steeliest (and [[ScreamingWarrior loudest]]) competitors in tennis and an unexpected clay court master too. Unfortunately, her career hit a major snag in 2016 when she tested positive for the recently-banned PED meldonium and was banned from the tour for 2 years.



** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process. Stan turned out to be right; Djoker won Roland Garros a year later.

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** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process. Stan Wawrinka turned out to be right; Djoker Djokovic won Roland Garros a year later.
5th Jun '16 6:20:05 PM KYCubbie
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** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process.

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** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process. Stan turned out to be right; Djoker won Roland Garros a year later.
5th Jun '16 11:31:34 AM Lemia
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* '''Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)''' 1998-present: Was the youngest ever world No. 1, which he held for 80 weeks. He has won 2 singles Grand Slams and 1 doubles. After an explosive start to his career in which he set a number of "youngest ever" records, he was unable to keep up with his peers' rapid improvement. Throw in a number of injury-related lay-offs and a run in with Father Time, and old [[FanNickname Rusty]] has been stuck in the 50+ rankings for the past few years. But his raw enthusiasm and [[{{Determinator}} never say die]] attitude keeps him firmly in a crowd favourite spot.


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* '''Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)''' 1998-2016: Was the youngest-ever world No. 1, which he held for 80 weeks, and won 2 singles Grand Slams and 1 doubles. After an explosive start to his career in which he set a number of "youngest ever" records, he was unable to keep up with his peers' rapid improvement. Throw in a number of injury-related lay-offs and a run in with Father Time, and old [[FanNickname Rusty]] never regained his position at the top of the game after 2003, but his raw enthusiasm and [[{{Determinator}} never say die]] attitude kept him firmly in a crowd favourite spot until his retirement.
5th Jun '16 11:18:24 AM Lemia
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* '''Novak Djokovic (Serbia)''' 2003-present: Current World No. 1. Has held No. 1 for 174 weeks (and counting). Has won 11 Grand Slams and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. Was constantly overshadowed by Federer and Nadal early on in his career [[OvershadowedByAwesome despite being World No. 3]], until he went on a spectacular 43-0 game winning streak in 2011 and became the only tennis player on the planet capable of reliably defeating the above two. ''Some'' of the time. Is also known as "[[FanNickname Djoker]]" for his sense of humor and impersonations of other players.

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* '''Novak Djokovic (Serbia)''' 2003-present: Current World No. 1. Has held No. 1 for 174 202 weeks (and counting). Has won 11 12 Grand Slams and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. Was constantly overshadowed by Federer and Nadal early on in his career [[OvershadowedByAwesome despite being World No. 3]], until he went on a spectacular 43-0 game winning streak in 2011 and became the only tennis player on the planet capable of reliably defeating the above two. ''Some'' of the time.2011. Is also known as "[[FanNickname Djoker]]" for his sense of humor and impersonations of other players. In 2016, he became the first men's singles tennis player since Rod Laver in ''1969'' to win four consecutive Slams, also earning the career Slam in the process.
3rd Apr '16 7:59:10 AM CrimsonZephyr
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** In his commentary after that match, John [=McEnroe=] speculated that Isner and Mahut may have shaved six months off of their career because of how grueling that match was, making a point that, while it was spectacular tennis, if one of them had surrendered the match earlier, it likely would spare them both recurring injuries later on from lack of wear and tear.
1st Feb '16 10:26:02 PM Lemia
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* '''Novak Djokovic (Serbia)''' 2003-present: Current World No. 1. Has held No. 1 for 174 weeks (and counting). Has won 10 Grand Slams and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. Was constantly overshadowed by Federer and Nadal early on in his career [[OvershadowedByAwesome despite being World No. 3]], until he went on a spectacular 43-0 game winning streak in 2011 and became the only tennis player on the planet capable of reliably defeating the above two. ''Some'' of the time. Is also known as "[[FanNickname Djoker]]" for his sense of humor and impersonations of other players.

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* '''Novak Djokovic (Serbia)''' 2003-present: Current World No. 1. Has held No. 1 for 174 weeks (and counting). Has won 10 11 Grand Slams and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. Was constantly overshadowed by Federer and Nadal early on in his career [[OvershadowedByAwesome despite being World No. 3]], until he went on a spectacular 43-0 game winning streak in 2011 and became the only tennis player on the planet capable of reliably defeating the above two. ''Some'' of the time. Is also known as "[[FanNickname Djoker]]" for his sense of humor and impersonations of other players.



** Another example involving Serena: at the 2016 Australian Open, everybody expected either her or Victoria Azarenka (a former No. 1 who seemed to be rounding back into form) to win it. No one saw Angelique Kerber, who had never made a major final before and couldn't make it past the third round at any of her majors the previous year, winning it instead with an inspired performance. It was also the first time Serena had lost a major final since ''2011''.



** Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: Unlike the above rivalries, the main appeal of their rivalry lies not in [[RedOniBlueOni how different they are]] in their playing styles but in [[BirdsOfAFeather how similar they are]] in [[TheDeterminator competitive fierceness]] and [[StoneWall baseline rallying and defense]]. So far, they have met an ATP Open Era record of 46 times with their head-to-head being even-steven at 23-23 after a long period of Nadal constantly being one step ahead of Djokovic in their rivalry.
** Also from the Big Four era, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Their rivalry is the least friendly of the Big Four's rivalries ([[SitcomArchNemesis although that's not saying much]]) and their most memorable matches have come in Slam semifinals with Federer breaking Djokovic's 41-match winning streak in the 2011 French Open semis and Djokovic coming back from double match point down against Federer in both the 2010 and 2011 US Open semis. As of this time of typing, they've actually met more times than Federer and Nadal have (44 times) and are tied at 22-22.

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** Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: Unlike the above rivalries, the main appeal of their rivalry lies not in [[RedOniBlueOni how different they are]] in their playing styles but in [[BirdsOfAFeather how similar they are]] in [[TheDeterminator competitive fierceness]] and [[StoneWall baseline rallying and defense]]. So far, they have met an ATP Open Era record of 46 times with their head-to-head being even-steven at 23-23 Djokovic leading him 24-23 after a long period of Nadal constantly being one step ahead of Djokovic in their rivalry.
** Also from the Big Four era, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Their rivalry is the least friendly of the Big Four's rivalries ([[SitcomArchNemesis although that's not saying much]]) and their most memorable matches have come in Slam semifinals with Federer breaking Djokovic's 41-match winning streak in the 2011 French Open semis and Djokovic coming back from double match point down against Federer in both the 2010 and 2011 US Open semis. As of this time of typing, they've actually met more times than Federer and Nadal have (44 (45 times) and are tied at 22-22.with Djokovic leading Federer 23-22.
9th Jan '16 7:32:15 AM oknazevad
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* The first scoring level is the '''game'''. Unlike other sports a score of zero is called "love" in tennis. From "love," you go to 15, 30, 40,[[note]]actually shortened from 45[[/note]] then Game... unless both players are at 40, in which case one player must win by 2, necessitating 40:40[[note]]Also known as "Deuce"[[/note]] > 40:Advantage > Game. This can lead to very extended games when neither player can string enough points together leading to 40:40 > 40:Ad > 40:40 > Ad:40 and on and on.[[note]]The odd scoring systems makes sense when you consider that the original scoreboards were actually unwound clocks. The score keeper would push the minute hand around the face a quarter of the way for each point (hence 15-30-45-game) while the hour hand would automatically track the number of games in the set (which would end when the hour hand went halfway around). The "win by 2" rule is what required the odd "advantage/deuce" set up, as advancing the minute hand would screw up the scorekeeping"[[/note]]

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* The first scoring level is the '''game'''. Unlike other sports a score of zero is called "love" in tennis. From "love," you go to 15, 30, 40,[[note]]actually shortened from 45[[/note]] then Game... unless both players are at 40, in which case one player must win by 2, necessitating 40:40[[note]]Also known as "Deuce"[[/note]] > 40:Advantage > Game. This can lead to very extended games when neither player can string enough points together leading to 40:40 > 40:Ad > 40:40 > Ad:40 and on and on.[[note]]The odd scoring systems makes sense when you consider that the original scoreboards were actually unwound clocks. The score keeper would push the minute hand around the face a quarter of the way for each point (hence 15-30-45-game) while the hour hand would automatically track the number of games in the set (which would end when the hour hand went halfway around). The "win by 2" rule is what required the odd "advantage/deuce" set up, as advancing the minute hand would screw up the scorekeeping"[[/note]]scorekeeping.[[/note]]
9th Jan '16 7:31:31 AM oknazevad
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* The first scoring level is the '''game'''. Unlike other sports a score of zero is called "love" in tennis. From "love," you go to 15, 30, 40,[[note]]actually shortened from 45[[/note]] then Game... unless both players are at 40, in which case one player must win by 2, necessitating 40:40[[note]]Also known as "Deuce"[[/note]] > 40:Advantage > Game. This can lead to very extended games when neither player can string enough points together leading to 40:40 > 40:Ad > 40:40 > Ad:40 and on and on.[[note]]The odd scoring systems makes sense when you consider that the original scoreboards were actually unwound clocks. The score keeper would push the minute hand around the face aquarist of the way for each point (hence 15-30-45-game) while the hour hand would automatically track the number of games in the set (which would end when the hour hand went halfway around). The "win by 2" rule is what required the odd "advantage/deuce" set up, as advancing the minute hand would screw up the scorekeeping"[[/note]]

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* The first scoring level is the '''game'''. Unlike other sports a score of zero is called "love" in tennis. From "love," you go to 15, 30, 40,[[note]]actually shortened from 45[[/note]] then Game... unless both players are at 40, in which case one player must win by 2, necessitating 40:40[[note]]Also known as "Deuce"[[/note]] > 40:Advantage > Game. This can lead to very extended games when neither player can string enough points together leading to 40:40 > 40:Ad > 40:40 > Ad:40 and on and on.[[note]]The odd scoring systems makes sense when you consider that the original scoreboards were actually unwound clocks. The score keeper would push the minute hand around the face aquarist a quarter of the way for each point (hence 15-30-45-game) while the hour hand would automatically track the number of games in the set (which would end when the hour hand went halfway around). The "win by 2" rule is what required the odd "advantage/deuce" set up, as advancing the minute hand would screw up the scorekeeping"[[/note]]
13th Dec '15 8:41:08 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" until he broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936 and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936. Also has an Olympic gold medal in singles and a silver in mixed doubles.

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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" until he broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936 and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936. Also has an Olympic gold medal in singles and a silver in mixed doubles.doubles, and led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]
22nd Nov '15 5:07:52 PM Lemia
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* '''Novak Djokovic (Serbia)''' 2003-present: Current World No. 1. Has held No. 1 for 164 weeks (and counting). Has won 10 Grand Slams and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. Was constantly overshadowed by Federer and Nadal early on in his career [[OvershadowedByAwesome despite being World No. 3]], until he went on a spectacular 43-0 game winning streak in 2011 and became the only tennis player on the planet capable of reliably defeating the above two. ''Some'' of the time. Is also known as "[[FanNickname Djoker]]" for his sense of humor and impersonations of other players.

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* '''Novak Djokovic (Serbia)''' 2003-present: Current World No. 1. Has held No. 1 for 164 174 weeks (and counting). Has won 10 Grand Slams and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. Was constantly overshadowed by Federer and Nadal early on in his career [[OvershadowedByAwesome despite being World No. 3]], until he went on a spectacular 43-0 game winning streak in 2011 and became the only tennis player on the planet capable of reliably defeating the above two. ''Some'' of the time. Is also known as "[[FanNickname Djoker]]" for his sense of humor and impersonations of other players.



** Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova: the cool-headed hard-court baseliner vs the emotional grass-court serve-and-volleyer. They met in a whopping 80 matches, 22 of them in Grand Slams, and have the longest-lasting tennis rivalry in history with their encounters occurring over a span of 15 years from 1973 to 1988. Evert had more of a headstart on Navratilova with her winning 27 of their first 40 matches, but Navratilova dominated their rivalry in later years with the final tally being 43-37 in Navratilova's favor. Perhaps fittingly, they ended up with the exact same number of Slams at 18 each.

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** Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova: the cool-headed hard-court baseliner vs the emotional grass-court serve-and-volleyer. They met in a whopping 80 matches, 22 of them in Grand Slams, and have the longest-lasting tennis rivalry in history with their encounters occurring over a span of 15 years from 1973 to 1988. Evert had more of a headstart on Navratilova with her winning 27 of their first 40 matches, but Navratilova dominated their rivalry in later years with the final tally being 43-37 in Navratilova's favor. Perhaps fittingly, they Fittingly, the two ended up their careers with the exact same number of Slams at 18 each.



** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] [[StoneWall clay-courter]]. So far they have played 33 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era.
** Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: Unlike the above rivalries, the main appeal of their rivalry lies not in [[RedOniBlueOni how different they are]] in their playing styles but in [[BirdsOfAFeather how similar they are]] in [[TheDeterminator competitive fierceness]] and [[StoneWall baseline rallying and defense]]. So far, they have met an ATP Open Era record of 44 times with Nadal having a 23-21 edge but Djokovic keeping the gap closer than Federer's and being the only player who can legitimately challenge Nadal on clay.
** Also from the Big Four era, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Their rivalry is the least friendly of the Big Four's rivalries ([[SitcomArchNemesis although that's not saying much]]) and their most memorable matches have come in Slam semifinals with Federer breaking Djokovic's 41-match winning streak in the 2011 French Open semis and Djokovic coming back from double match point down against Federer in both the 2010 and 2011 US Open semis. As of this time of typing, they've actually met more times than Federer and Nadal have (42 times) and are tied at 21-21.

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** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] [[StoneWall clay-courter]]. So far they have played 33 34 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era.
** Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: Unlike the above rivalries, the main appeal of their rivalry lies not in [[RedOniBlueOni how different they are]] in their playing styles but in [[BirdsOfAFeather how similar they are]] in [[TheDeterminator competitive fierceness]] and [[StoneWall baseline rallying and defense]]. So far, they have met an ATP Open Era record of 44 46 times with their head-to-head being even-steven at 23-23 after a long period of Nadal having a 23-21 edge but constantly being one step ahead of Djokovic keeping the gap closer than Federer's and being the only player who can legitimately challenge Nadal on clay.
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** Also from the Big Four era, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Their rivalry is the least friendly of the Big Four's rivalries ([[SitcomArchNemesis although that's not saying much]]) and their most memorable matches have come in Slam semifinals with Federer breaking Djokovic's 41-match winning streak in the 2011 French Open semis and Djokovic coming back from double match point down against Federer in both the 2010 and 2011 US Open semis. As of this time of typing, they've actually met more times than Federer and Nadal have (42 (44 times) and are tied at 21-21.22-22.
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