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03-15-2009, 11:37 AM #86
Yeah but it still mystery to me .. are lin dan play seriously on super series?
03-15-2009, 01:24 PM #87
LD has been sitting on the #1 spot for 5 years, not 1 day. So if that's the time scale you are referring, that's that mean he is simply the best???
03-15-2009, 01:31 PM #88
03-15-2009, 01:54 PM #89
03-15-2009, 01:55 PM #90
03-15-2009, 02:23 PM #91
Whoever is better on that day will win
LCW is ranked #1 by BWF today. He was ranked #1 for the past 6 months IIRC, partly because LD missed many tournaments after OG.
LD is ranked #1 by BWF longer than anyone else in the last 5 years. He was not always ranked #1, just longer than others.
And why do you insist 5 years is the only valid duration to judge someone is best? Judging from 6 months BWF ranking, LCW is the best baddy player. If the thread title is 'LD has the best winning record in the past 2 years.' I think there is not much debate. But what does that statement mean, really, beyond what it says?
It's debatable whether LD was better than everyone else in 2005, despite more medals. Remember not every player wants to win every SS. e.g. TH played seriously only he cared. If you watched how LD lost to TH in 2007 JO, you will probably agree TH was better than LD at that time.
I don't have a crystal ball to know whether someone will be better than LD 20 years from now, or even 2 years from now.
'Better' or 'best' is relative, and temporary.
When you play a game, the outcome doesn't depend on what's your winning record against him. Case in point: LD can't count on his winning record against LCW when he plays LCW. He can't think 'LCW had lost to me so many times, I am the best and will win easily.' He has to go all out, mentally and physically, and show he is better today, now. Past winning against LCW doesn't count for this match. LD was not better than LCW in Swiss Open, as it turned out.
Don't let history get into your head when you play someone. Live in the present moment, not the past, nor the future. Whoever is better on that day will win, as simple as that.
03-15-2009, 03:48 PM #92
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03-15-2009, 03:54 PM #93
03-15-2009, 04:01 PM #94
03-15-2009, 04:06 PM #95
03-15-2009, 04:16 PM #96
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Repeat after me: LCW is better than LD on 2009-3-15.
LD can't relax after he had won OG, WC, AE and rely on past records to claim #1. Right? If Swiss Open is the beginning of losing streak for LD vs. LCW in the next 12 months, can you still claim LD is the best because he had won OG, WC, AE and LCW hasn't? So why can you now?
That is why I say: the best keeps changing day by day. World ranking, flawed as it is, is an attempt to reflect that. Only winning records in the past 12 months count in BWF ranking.
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03-15-2009, 04:17 PM #97
03-15-2009, 04:57 PM #98
03-15-2009, 04:59 PM #99
Comparisons like LD-TH by the score of their private meetings seem to me as stupid as many tennis fans compare Federer to Agassi, Sampras and so on. They played their best games in different eras, and the fact they played together is not saying a lot at all.
Comparison must come from another sources, in these cases
03-15-2009, 05:04 PM #100
And 12 months are really not important here, in a case we are talking about how much a player made in the history.
Separate between historic importance and current rankings
03-15-2009, 05:11 PM #101
TH made history by winning OG and WC and AG before LD.
LD made history by winning OG and WC and AE.
Is that what you're talking about?
03-15-2009, 08:45 PM #102
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