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07-24-2012, 10:55 AM #86
I think he was being a bit defensive of other great tournaments he views are on the same level/tier like his home country SS for instance. I think his statement about all England was slightly out of line given it's historical value but at the same time I think he was making the point that he see's indo ss, dan ss etc just as important as all England (a view shared by LD(stated in interview(thekong reffered to) and probably many other asian players) which is fair enough since the game is bigger over there. I think he was showing level respect of all SS events not insulting them but he considers the WC, OG & AG as the majors. With regards to Taufik as a player, he was a child prodigy and burnt out faster than others his age not giving him enough years of motivation to do what others like LD did., Taufik at his best though is an all time great.
07-24-2012, 12:00 PM #87
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08-07-2012, 10:25 AM #88
he never won a team title when he is INA MS 1 !
and when he is young, why he can't win more than 3 titles except 2004 where he won 2 int'l titles and 1 regional title (OG, INA, and ABC) ?
08-07-2012, 05:29 PM #89
Taufik has never established a dominant position ever since he started to showcase his skills on the international scene.
I do not recall him winning titles consecutively when he was at his prime. As far as that is concerned, there were numerous players at time were able to compete and beat him eventhough he was at his best. Whether he lost because he doesn't not take it serious or he is pretending, that is just an excuse. A loss is a loss and that is reflected officially on your h2h record. In that respect, his h2h record with almost every top player was not very pleasant in the eyes.
Truth is hard to accept and digest. Simple conclusion is he is not a great player and basically too much praises are heaped onto him just because he showed some backhand skill shots which made him a wow-factor. He is just one of the top players like the ones in the past. Wiranata, Arbi, Budikusuma, Larsen and you name it.
But to put him in the same equation as Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, now that is an overstatement because I do not think he has done enough in all aspects to fit into these two players' amazing criteria.
Here are the facts about Taufik Hidayat:
1) Four Olympic Outings: Only 2004 Athens he won gold. The rest of the appearances were early stage losses. To me that is not really an amazing run despite winning one gold. People could argue he won it just by luck since he did not come across any Chinese player in his path.
2) He is indeed the most talented player and has made the headlines for reaching the All England final at the age of 19. Well so what ? Talent alone is not enough to be a great player if you do not put in any effort and exercise discipline to stay focus.
3) As many fanatically claimed he is so "great' or even greater than Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, let's do some number crunching: His so-called prime time managed to give him 25 career titles whereas Lin Dan/Lee Chong Wei regardless of their prime time managed to win 50/43 titles respectively.
4) People accuse and claimed Lin Dan won so many titles because of home advantage. Well let's have a good look at Taufik's tournament campaigns. He has never won a single title in Denmark, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Switzerland , Germany and last but not least England. 90 percent, of his titles come from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (South East Asian region). Guess who relies more on home advantage right now ?
5) Age? Another great excuse came up by fanatics to defend Taufik's losses each time. Well look, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan are not younger than him by a big margin but they still do better than him regardless on any tournament level. Sho Sasaki at the age of 30 could still beat Taufik in straight sets.
6) Change in point system favour Lin Dan more than Taufik ? Well between 1999 to 2005, Taufik won 14 titles in total under the old system, whereas Lin Dan between 2002 till 2005 could win up to 14 titles as well.
7) Badminton evolution: Change of scoring system, rapid development of racquet technology and more distributed badminton training philosophy have made a significant impact globally. More players from unknown corners of the world are able to challenge the powerhouses. Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei despite the growing competitiveness in badminton, they are still able to hold their ground against players who now are able to defend, smash and control the shuttles like the top players once were in the early 90s, back then many players do not have the privilege to develop their game. Taufik's recent poor performance in Super Series circuit clearly shows he is only as good as he gets when he trains. Talent does not make a difference in this scenario. When players nowadays conduct video analysis and rota training, they surely find a way to beat Taufik easily. Evidently from Chong Wei Feng, Viktor Axelsen and Marc Zwiebler.
Truth is bitter but these fanatics who still live in the cave of denial are the patients who obviously need it.
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08-07-2012, 07:28 PM #90
Winning the Olympics + world championship + 2 times Asian games, and yet cannot even be equated with Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei? You must be kidding me."Four Olympic Outings: Only 2004 Athens he won gold" - So how many times does he need to win to be regarded as one of the greatest?
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08-07-2012, 07:35 PM #91
08-07-2012, 10:49 PM #92
He beat Lin Dan in 2006 at the Asian games...and also another reason he may not have as many titles is because the super series were introduced late in his career. At that point he was out of his prime and imo didn't care as much...
Imo he became worse not so much because of age but because the conditions of his knees worsened (probably due to age) causing slower movement and to me it looked like he started training less and became less fit.
Even when Morten Frost was talking about Taufik in Thomas Cup 2012 against Carl Baxter the only thing Morten Frost mentioned that was really lacking in Taufik's play was his fitness. Besides that his net play is awesome, his smashes are super strong (world record singles smash holder). His footwork is smooth and his powerful backhand allows him to get away sometimes with his lack of fitness. His flat game is also very nice and he has great defense; he's like one of the only singles players that can lifts or drives smashes due to his strong forearm. most other players just reply with a netshot
08-08-2012, 12:18 AM #93
TH will not gonna be called one of 4 kings (including PG, LCW and LD) if he is not good enough
that's how much Chinese people love TH. he is very entertaining
PG with his trick shots and gentleman attitude
LCW and LD with their supreme performance
if you talked about TH, how about PG? PG does not achieve much compared to LCW and LD, so can we said he is not good?
sure TH didn't dominate these days because of LCW and LD
but you need to remember that TH married early on than the other 2
once you married, you need to think about many things
your wife, s** life, your kids, your FUTURE
what should he do once he retired? it's not like Indonesian government can provide him money (like any other country which provide prize for their athletes)
Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma made their own business, it is inevitable that Indonesian athlete needs to think further for their live
we got no money from government
many people said (including my parent who loves badminton to death) "don't become an athlete you will be really poor, the government doesn't care about you" (we have some news about it, few Indonesian best athletes are now in small house, and no one recognise them)
TH decide to make his own business, TH arena (renting badminton court but primarily for coaching)
he can't (even if he wants) focus on one thing anymore
I agree he is not the best anymore, but I respect him. he is still good and beat so many players
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08-08-2012, 05:43 AM #94
Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei have done enough reason being:
1) They both can win so many tournaments regardless of age and they both can hold their ground against the current emerging players who have access to good technology and training programme. For them to be defeated, it's an uphill task.
2) Lin Dan justify his Greatness by creating a record which I deemed as divine and nobody will ever match that record. Lee Chong Wei on the other hand, despite being a reigning number 1, it's true that he never wins WC, OG and AG. He still prove everyone that he is not there by luck and he still could consistently make it to the final of each of the major tournaments and settle with silver.
3) Contribution-wise. It's just another plain excuse to assume Taufik cannot perform well in SS because it was introduced in the later stage in his career. Well the tournaments were introduced right after Peter Gade's era and by right Peter is not expected to do better than Taufik since he is so old (36). But it seems in the past 5 years Peter Gade is doing a lot better than Taufik in Super Series and his efforts are getting recognised for that. The same for Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan yet again as they are marginally younger than Taufik.
Winning just the major titles is not enough. It takes more than just winning them to be considered a Great.
Liem Swie King and Morten Frost never won a WC but I still rate them above Taufik because they are consistent and continuously to be successful in many tournaments and for a long time.
He has not done enough to qualify in the Hall Of Fame. Period.
08-08-2012, 06:14 AM #95
Ont of the 4 top MS of the last decade i will put;
LD > TH > LCW > PG.
Ask LCW if he would swap his 2 OLYMPIC silvers for 1 gold.
08-08-2012, 06:19 AM #96
08-08-2012, 06:26 AM #97
08-08-2012, 09:15 AM #98
first big title is always special
2004 AE held in March, while 2004 Thomas Cup held in May.
LD win AE before he win Thomas Cup
8 : 30
6 : 39
watch it again, and you can tell me, which one is big title for LD
and for the other information, you should read this :
Super Dan bags it all
THE world’s most celebrated men’s singles badminton player, Lin Dan of China, finally has it all.
He fitted the final piece of the jigsaw in his immaculate career winnings by nailing the elusive Asian Games title in front of his adoring fans at the Tianhe Gymnasium yesterday.
And “Super Dan” did it in super style, defeating world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei 21-13, 15-21, 21-10 in the final.
And then he celebrated the victory in the only way he knew – letting out a loud cry, punching the air repeatedly and taking off his shirt to the deafening roars of the home crowd.
And he did a little more yesterday after the usual salute. He threw his shoes and sweat-soaked shirt to the delirious crowd.
With the triumph in the Guangzhou Asiad, the 27-year-old Olympic and three-time world champion has won all the major titles on offer in world badminton.
As for Chong Wei, his losing streak against Lin Dan on China soil continued and his hopes of becoming the first Malaysian men’s singles champion in 40 years at the Asian Games went up in smoke.
A thrilled Lin Dan, however, took his time to answer all the questions thrown at him.
“I have reached my target.
“I have won all the major titles that a player can win. This is really a wonderful moment for me,” he said.
“Of all the titles that I have won, the 2004 Thomas Cup Finals, however, will hold a special spot for me. It was the beginning of my rise as a player. And the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was an important one too.”
Although buoyed by his exploits, Lin Dan gave due credit to Chong Wei’s fighting spirit yesterday.
“This is my best Asian Games final. There was pressure on both of us. We played well even though it was so tough. Honestly, I was the lucky one to win.
“I give my due respect to Chong Wei. He really fought very hard today.”
Lin Dan showed he was much superior in the first game with his stronger attack taking him to an 11-6 lead.
Chong Wei came back from the game break with his brilliant deceptive shots to take three consecutive points but Lin Dan replied with a flurry of smashes to extend his lead to 15-9.
The Malaysian tried to break Lin Dan’s momentum but, in his haste, made too many mistakes to hand the game to his pumped up rival.
Chong Wei upped the tempo in the second game as Lin Dan appeared to take his foot off the pedal to allow the Malaysian to force a decider.
Lin Dan was devastating in the rubber game, leading 11-4 at the game break before romping home for the gold medal.
aha, he didn't mention the mickey mouse title All England, eventhough he won AE before won Thomas Cup !
his statement was the same with his celebration !
08-08-2012, 09:20 AM #99
08-08-2012, 11:46 AM #100
Well for the consistency bit Taufik did remain in the top 10 up to 2011 so there is consistency right there...
Peter Gade doesn't really win titles. He just makes it to the QF or above in a lot tournament and ends up losing and that gives him enough points to retain his ranking. Besides AE Peter Gade has no major titles. Not taking anything away from him seeing as he is an old man but I don't believe he is as great as the other 3 kings
I would also rate TH above LCW altho that is just my imo...
08-08-2012, 06:50 PM #101
It's because Taufik is way better looking than Lin Dan man.... and also his shots forehand, backhand , net etc. all seem more natural and entertaining compared to the former.
No offence to LD, but I think this criteria counts as well towards qualifying one to be considered as a great player.
08-08-2012, 11:01 PM #102
Oh yeah..i forgot..on the top of that - he won 2 Thomas Cup and AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
cmon man be real with how you categorized great players and the facts (no offence to LCW and PG as i admired them as well)...have either LCW or PG won World Championship, Olympic Gold and Thomas Cup??
i admitted LD is a legend, possibly the most completed single player in the history of badminton....and i never criticize that point...but cmon man..leave Taufik alone..as he is definetely one of the MS and badminton player in the histroy of badminton too....
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