We must be cautious when we compare the players of old with current players in terms of technique and style. More recent players has benefited from learning from past players in terms of technique, playing style, training program, etc and thus would be superior on court. Don't forget that in termsof resources and equipment the players of more recent years also have benefited more than the players from the past and hence this would affect the way they play. However on the issue of being legendary this must not be a term that we label on a player too easily. Sure badminton is more competitive these days but do the older players knew they were competing in sport that wasn't so competitive compared to what will happen in the future? Dominant players like Rudy Hartono is like Einstein or Thomas Edison they don't come very often and are born more than they are trained and came at the right time to leave their mark on badminton history just like the Beatles in pop music. Would Einstein's or Edison's knowledge compare to today's scientist? No! This is because the current scientists have benefited substantially from the greats of the past. Why haven't there been a scientist that dominated science today? This is because the major groundbreaking works have already been done in the past and there are far more scientists today than there were in the past so the current environment is more competitive and the achievements, discoveries and inventions today are shared amongst a large number of scientists. Would someone like George Washington come often in history? How would Washington handle the current global political climate? The thing is that great people are born at the right time and excell as well totally dominate their area of expertise during their time with very little support. One must measure greatness not lightly and cautiously. Are there any current players who have been called "the maestro" or seen as a phenomenon in badminton like the great Rudy Hartono during his time? No! This has nothing to do with how less competitive badminton was back then but rather maestros don't come very often and are born at the right time to leave their mark in history. In terms of groundbreaking Rudy Hartono, although he wasn't credited with promoting speed and power badminton (this was credited to Liem Swie King) he opened the door to speed and power badminton with his style of play and training program. Rudy took badminton to another level than his peers or predecessors did. It is fair to say that he revolutionise (Liem Swie King simply completed the process) the game something noone has done after him. He won his first All England title in his teens and I think he still is the youngest winner although Taufik is the youngest finalist at 17. On the issue of being dominant in our time Taufik has won the Indonesian Open 6 times. This indicates dominance although this achievement is marred by the fact that Indonesian Open is not as prestigious as All England and Taufik is playing in his own country. Ardy Wiranata also won Indonesian Open 6 times but he has retired. Taufik at a relatively young age could win maybe another 3-4 Indonesian Open and prove his dominance at home.