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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #15 on: September 14, 2013, 04:51 PM »
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Best of 5 for me, bbh.

Sorts the men from the boys.

Hee hee... I like that.
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #16 on: September 14, 2013, 04:59 PM »
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Would they really though? Surely as with the five setters Andy would've upped his level and found a way back. I'd be interested to see his win-loss record from losing the first set in 3 set matches, particularly in the masters tournaments.

With that said I personally love the longer matches in the grand slams and hope they never change to 3 sets.
To be honest, that did cross my mind too Scotjules, but then I thought that even on a subconcious level, Andy wouldn't think it was ok to have a slow start and drop the first two sets in a slam, so I came to the conclusion that those matches would have been lost! That's just my opinion though, so guess we'll never know for sure!
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #17 on: September 14, 2013, 06:07 PM »
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5 sets for me otherwise its just a masters over 2 weeks.
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #18 on: September 14, 2013, 06:33 PM »
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5 sets for me otherwise its just a masters over 2 weeks.

Yes, I agree with that.

I like the best of five format for the slams. It sets the slams apart. I think if the slams are supposed to be the pinnacle of the sport they need to be different from all the other tournaments. The best of five format provides that.

I think the best of five is interesting physically, but also psychologically. It shows up players capable of focusing for long periods, but also players capable of staying in control in tricky situations and finding a way through, even if they are a set or two down. Look at Andy against Verdasco at Wimbledon for example. Had that been best of three Andy would have been out.

Changing to best of three might be easier to show on TV (why is tennis so worked up about what is best for TV anyway, above and beyond the players, or rather, some of them?) and it could be argued that it would be easier on the players, especially in rivalries such as Andy and Djokovic, where matches are often long and attritional, but I think it would devalue the slams. I can just see now someone in commentary looking down their noses at people who win best of 3 set slams as opposed to 'the good old days when we played best of five'. Wilander and Cash would be first in the queue.
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #19 on: September 14, 2013, 06:46 PM »
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Masters 1000 finals and WTF Final should also be best of 5.
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #20 on: September 14, 2013, 07:59 PM »
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So that's why Andy lost in 3 to Stan is it.....hmmm Think

Unfortunately for Andy, Stan was da Man that day. 
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #21 on: September 15, 2013, 01:24 PM »
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Shouldn't even be a discussion.
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #22 on: September 15, 2013, 01:28 PM »
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Leave this as it is, I find the mixture quite refreshing, if I don't want to sit through an 11 hour Isner servebotting marathon, I can switch over to say Serena or Sharapova and watch them play and win a relatively comfortable two set match.
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Re: Slams- best of 5, best of 3? « Reply #23 on: September 18, 2013, 09:25 AM »
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There has also been a suggestion that the first 4 rounds of a Slam would be best of 3, and then the 1/4, semis and finals would be best of 5. Interesting idea- it might be the best of both worlds and might also relieve some of the ridiculous scheduling issues in the first few days of a Slam.

I'd also like to see that format for the women.
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