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SuperDan: I am better than Taufik

Discussion in 'Asian Games 2006 - Badminton' started by cao ci dan, Dec 21, 2006.

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  1. OneToughBirdie

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    Well said, both are great players and history would treat them well, their matches are very special and BCers can get enough of them (just check how darn slow is the download).....My takes are TH is not motivated (too much time and hard work to train for the Opens), and does not need to participate and win the Opens for his livelihood (the winnings are chicken-feed anyway, INA reward TH heavily for winning the majors and bringing glory to INA and TH is married into a rich family). Also, TH's position in INA is lock in, nobody to threaten and knock him off from Team INA, anyway INA is more afraid of TH quiting.
    LD position in CHN is not really safe, just look at XXZ and CH, two world class players who can play for any country (and that includes MAS, DEN, KOR and INA) but cannot make Team CHN :( , and if either would come to Canada, can probably play until old age to collect pension (just look at our own 48-yr old Canada best WS Denise, hahaha!).
    Lots of players coming up to threaten and knock off LD from Team CHN. Just imagine AG qualify only 2 players from CHN and that is from a badminton fanatic nation with 1.3 billion ppl, if LD slacks one bit, he is out of Team CHN. LD needs to win Opens to maintain his #1 world ranking to confirm his placement in Team CHN (the task of making Team CHN is harder than any other countries) and a major part of LD income is derived from winning Opens (I think LD gets to keep half of his Open winnings, the other half goes to coaches, etc.)...simply my thoughts, LOL!:)
     
  2. cooler

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    If u read my whole example, gambler 'B' has the best track record and highest earnings than the long shot gambler 'A'. I guess this is not a thread for me to discuss about gambling theory.
     
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    No lah Man...Xmas and happy new years....
    Later on I'll make foto at tangkas and give you that hendri saputra record....Jan, I'll going to Tangkas and PBSI...

    Fang Kai Hsiang only won 1 IBF Tournament because at time china just join to IBF...

    Tang, Fang and Hou won alots of tournaments at time but at IBF record don't have because at time chine not join IBF yet.

    Garnefo tournament founded by first Indonesia president, Tang the champion... He beat Rudi Hartono I think at semifinal....

    Also some malaya tournament, Tang, Hau and Fang always the champion....

    China join to IBF after the second players so Tang, Hau and Fang already retired. Not lucky for them...

    Hendri Saputra got a few titles but will give later on...because you still no heard of him... so must give actual one I think... Thanks a gain...Happy new year..

     
  4. saugusli

    saugusli Regular Member

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    Ok.. You right that.. So you also got experience about that... But That Hendri Saputra, It is give you information as actual one..He beat Yang Yang two times... All Players know about that at time...

    I am interested discuss about the old players and how about different from last one to now... I think now got alots attack players right... since Liem Swie King right?? Called that Modern badminton.... The footwork also different right??

    I have personally watched the great Indonesian players, starting from Ferry Sonneville (not sure about the spelling), Tan Joe Hock, Rudy Hartono (he was 16 when I first saw him play), thru to Lim Swie King, Icuk Sugiato, Alan Budi Kesuma, Ardy Wiranata, Joko Suprianto, to today's Taufik. I am sure Tan Joe Hock was around when you were not. For the life of me, I have not seen your idol play outside Indonesia, let alone an outstanding and great player as you claim.
    Also, the iBF website does not have Hendri Saputra in its Hall of Fame. The IBF's Herbert Scheele Trophy and its Distinguished Service Award also do not have a mention of your idol.
    FYI, Rudy Hartono, Dick Sudirman, Lim Swie King, and Susi Susanti are the only Indonesians in the IBF Hall of Fame, which also includes China's Tang Xianhu and Hou Jiachang. Perhaps leaving out Hendri Saputra was an injustice?
    Even today's leading players Lin Dan and Taufik get beaten by other players. That does not mean they are no good. Yang Yang at his best was also beaten regularly by many players, including Malaysia's Misbun Sidek. So, what does that mean? Remember Rudy Hartono? He was also beaten by other players, but he was still acclaimed as the master.
    You cited old matches from the IBF website. Perhaps you can lead me to it? I do not seem to be able to log in.[/quote]
     
  5. Oldhand

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    The Greatness Question

    Well, I'll be damned if I don't put in my view :cool:.

    Waving flags for either Taufik Hidayat or Lin Dan doesn't make one of them the better player, much less the best player either now or ever. Their rivalry is far from over. Only their results speak for them... and their results alone will settle the question when they finally bid adieu to the competitive badminton arena.

    Taufik is perhaps the world's most spontaneously innovative badminton singles player today. Unlike the machine-type play adopted by Lin Dan (much like Ivan Lendl's grim-faced, business-like tennis style), Taufik plays a natural game, full of grace, anticipation, freshness and risks. Probably, he remains the only first-rung player today who retains the 'take-risks' 15-point style of play even in the revised, current 'play-safe' 21-point system.

    Taufik's strengths lie primarily in his powerful backhand, his spontaneous placements, his tapped forehand drop shot and tantalising net-play. His weaknesses, if they could be called so, lie is his reluctance to kill from high forehand clears, his impatience with heckling crowds, his less-than-optimum physical stamina and his (crazy:eek:) penchant for returning a net dribble with a net dribble, even when the opponent is dangerously close to the net.

    China's coach Li Yongbo, who famously said in Doha (Asian Games, December 2006) that 'Taufik is finished' :eek: had to eat his words barely a few hours later after the Indonesian pulled off a seemingly casual win against Lin Dan, his greatest rival and Yongbo's protege.

    In many ways, Taufik's style mirrors the prowling athleticism of one of the greatest players ever to grace the badminton court - Zhao Jianhua. Like Zhao, Taufik looks lazy, moves lazily and wins lazily. But, except when he is annoyed or distracted, Taufik (like Zhao) is anything but lazy.

    Consistency has never been a Taufik merit. And it, perhaps, will never be. To expect this amazingly gifted player to suddenly develop a Lin-Dan-type approach to the game is as good as expecting him to take up cricket or lacrosse.

    The tactician in Taufik is better than the athlete in him. Unlike Lin Dan, Taufik is not a killer, but a cat that loves toying with the intended prey. This is probably why he makes more unforced errors than any other player at his level of ability and skill. This is also why, although he continues to pull off easy wins against the best, he also loses to lower ranked players when he is not completely focused.

    It would be completely facile, by dint of that one game in Doha, to argue either that Lin Dan is finished or that Taufik is the better player. Victories come and go: Peter Gade, at 29, beat home-favourite Lin Dan at the China Open... and Hong Kong's Wang Chen, who won the WS gold at Doha, is pushing 31 :eek:. Such wins do not immediately confer upon the player either invincibility ahead or a guaranteed level of superiority in the next face-off. :)

    Great badminton is all about great players... whether they are terrible, bad, good, better or the best is but a function of a particular day, mood and opponent. To date, there is no player that has not been beaten by another, less-fancied player. Yang Yang, who was World #1, was thrashed by Zhao Jianhua, then just China's #3. So were Liem Swei King and Joko Suprianto. Those legendary victories didn't make Zhao better than Yang or King or Suprianto (in fact, Yang's worldwide tournament record is simply amazing). It only made Zhao a great name, someone capable of cowing the very best on occasion.

    On the face of the results yet, Lin Dan is inarguably the world's top player. Taufik is simply not. But past results are not going to be of any help to either of them when they face each other again. Maybe, just maybe, their rivalry will spur both of them to be even better players. And that would be incredibly sweet for both the game and its adoring fans.

    (You will find some the above at wikipedia/taufik. It's not surprising because, er, I wrote much of that section.:p)
     
  6. taneepak

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    Oldhand, long time no hear. But what a refreshing breath of fresh air. Very interesting opinions, hard to disagree entirely, but quite insightful and, unusual for this thread, a very balanced perspective.
     
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    Lucky Taneepak

    In fact, I was spurred to contribute my mite by what you posted earlier. :)
    I wish I had your luck, Taneepak. To have seen Rudy Hartono in action is, to me, the equivalent of having seen squash's Jahangir Khan or boxing's Muhammed Ali or cricket's Don Bradman doing their stuff. But for old film and video recordings, I wouldn't have seen any of the latters' exploits, much less heard of them. As for badminton, the earliest matches I've seen (again, thanks to video) are those of Zhao Jianhua's breathtaking victories against Yang, King and Suprianto in the early 80s.

    Out of curiosity, allow me to ask you this:
    If all the greats you've seen were to be playing the circuit today, who would have been the giant among them? Would Hartono beat Taufik? Would Yang overpower Lin Dan? Would Delfs trounce Gade? How would you rate the skill levels of the greats on an equal footing?
     
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    I would think so as well..

    yah, same sentiment from me also..it's hard to argue against either one..that's why BOTH are great, at least to me..;)
    hehe, yah, that's what i wondered after reading a quarter way of your post. I thought, "Hey, i think i've read this somewhere before".:).Nonetheless, appreciate for inputting your opinion and posting those compilation infos for us all(eventhough quipped from another website)..;):cool:
     
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    A bit off topic-Sorry to jump in..

    Oldhand, if you don't mind me answering..:p
    Well, IMO, as i've posted before it'll be hard to "judge" who would be "better" or who'll be "the giant" among all.
    To judge LinDan/Taufik to Rudy Hartono/YangYang or even Tangxinhu, Hou, IMO, it's almost incomparable. Just from a purely different eras between those players, is hard enough for us to make that comparison(s).
    To put it simply : different generation of players(and their accomplishments) from different eras deserve their own merit(s), respectively from each other(let alone us fans)..;) :cool:
     
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    Happy New Year!

    I thought this thread was about SuperDan (DinkAlot):D , SuperDink.
    Just thought of this last night.
    SuperDink, able to break a shaft with a single swing, pop a string with a single drop, crush a bird with a single smash, it's a bird...no, it's SuperDan.....:D

    Happy New Year!:)
     
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    LOL, yes this thread is about superdan indeed. No way TH can do any of those feats:p
     
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    Good summary Oldhand. You should visit BF more often;)
    Neither LD or TH can be considered the greatest or legendary status at the time being. LD had been excellent for the past 1.5-2 years while TH was brilliant spottily.

    For the TH fans out there, I had never stated that TH isn't an excellent player nor did i wrote that LD is the best or greatest player. What I have been doing was only to 'cool' down your delirious chanting for taufik.:p
     
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    Taneepak, Where Are You?

    You're definitely spot on, ctjcad!
    Nevertheless, as someone who has seen all of them in action, Taneepak's reply should make for an interesting read. :)
     
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    lol

    Thanks Cooler. :)

    And I see that you're stoking the fire again. :D
     
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    I have no doubt that Rudy Hartono was perhaps the greatest badminton player of all time. I first time I saw him play was when he was just 16 or 17 and it was obvious to everyone that they were seeing the emergence of a truly great player. The gap between Rudy and the others was so huge that it was a wonder he kept on playing for so long. Time and again I saw him humiliate Malaysia's Tan Aik Hung and Yew Chen Hoe. Rudy was in a word majestic and he moved like a Greek god.
    I saw Taufik play when he was first played outside Indonesia. He was very impressive, and I remember Peter Gade, equally impressed, expressed a desire to play Taufik-they have since met many times on the court. But Taufik is no Hartono. The majesty, grace, and the huge gap that Hartono had over all his opponents-all these Taufik does not have.
    Another player that I would rate very highly was Zhao Jianhua, perhaps the most exciting, and also very deceptive, player I have seen of the modern players. I would rate him higher than Yang Yang.
     
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    Keep the fires going!

    Thanks for coming in, Oldhand. Have a lot to learn from you. But it seems you need your opposite number,Taneepak. Hope you both maintain the exchange.
    I like Cooler even though we're at opposite ends ,opinionwise. My posts (used to) rattle him enough so he's learned to cool down but thankfully he still has a lot of passion for BCF.
    It's important, esp. for our teenagers, that we have a spectrum of opinions so that the minds are broadened instead of narrowed.
    And yes, Cooler , keep stoking the fires!
     
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    I know what you mean, just to make fun of gambling....LOL:D
     
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    I think you are giving the Mods the chills:D;)
     
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    Yep

    Hartono at 16 !!!
    Taneepak, you've sure come a long way. :eek:
    And thanks a ton for the insight. :)

    Ah, this is gonna make Cooler a very happy guy. :D

    I agree wholeheartedly. :)
    Those who missed downloading the CCTV coaching tips featuring Zhao can see Segments 1, 3 and 9 on YouTube. It's not something to be missed :).
     
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    Totally disagree with your "fame comes with consistency" theory... I think Zhao Jianhua is a big counter-example... :D

     
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