The Tennis Triangle
Novak Djokovic and the dead kings of Wimbledon offer a unique leaderboard
During the long, gray decline of the Sampras generation, the top players mostly rode out their glory years within the same hierarchy. Sampras was the best, Agassi was a credible rival (albeit one who never really presented a threat to Sampras' legacy) and the supporting cast, the Rafters and Kafelnikovs, scrapped for whatever they could get. The young players who eventually inherited the no. 1 ranking from Sampras were all kids like Gustavo Kuerten and Lleyton Hewitt — clay-court nerds ...
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