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      Have you seen a game from late 80s recently? They’re super boring to watch. The rallies last 3 shots mostly. And a lot of errors on serve return.
      It’s just better now as a spectator sport.


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      Quote Originally Posted by perham View Post
      Have you seen a game from late 80s recently? They’re super boring to watch. The rallies last 3 shots mostly. And a lot of errors on serve return.
      It’s just better now as a spectator sport.


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      there we go
      so to win in the 80s is more difficult than the 90s, 2000s, 2010s etc
      because 3rd ball you could loose the point, 5th ball you could loose the point, now there is so much more rallies
      your Ma Longs of the world looks more even against a WR50 player compared to 30 years ago.

      So can RSM survive - yes he sure can.
      Can a world top 20 survive 20 years back, maybe no?
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      prime RSM would easily be top 10 today if not top 5. Ma Long and FZD, (and possibly healthy ZJK) are probably the only ones that have clear advantage over RSM today. Xu Xin (No longer at his prime) is slightly better. All other young guys have no more than 50:50 against prime RSM

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tony's Table Tennis View Post
      RSM has one of the best footworks in all time
      with a slower game today, his footwork might not be even recognised.
      RSM doesn't need a backhand, as he can just to a FH throughout lol
      I think in today's situation, he can still be in the top 10, or still be Korea's no 1
      Well maybe with all earlier gen KNT on his prime, maybe oh sang eun would adapt better to poly ball!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tony's Table Tennis View Post
      hm..
      KTS was in the 38mm speed glue era- known as the fastest era when compared to 40 and 40+ days
      I would guess KTS is faster?

      its kind of silly when we compare TT to other sports
      Do you see basketball changing the hoop height/ball size? tennis changing the net height or ball size?
      TT has gone through so many changes every 3 to 5 years, that the past 20 years, one can't really compare one generation of players to another - and i'm not takling technology improvements, but rather ITTF enforced rule changes to change the game completely....
      Well, from my opinion, apart from the ball size, KTS wasn't so explosive/offensive like RSM... so maybe RSM was faster, as he was more offensive, and consequently he had to recover more often from his loops... I don't know if it's right what I'm saying, but at least makes sense to me

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      Quote Originally Posted by eduardo1995filipe View Post
      Well, from my opinion, apart from the ball size, KTS wasn't so explosive/offensive like RSM... so maybe RSM was faster, as he was more offensive, and consequently he had to recover more often from his loops... I don't know if it's right what I'm saying, but at least makes sense to me
      Its really way too difficult to tell
      KTS was in a faster ball era than RSM
      Maybe if KTS was using slower ball speed like RSM, he could be more explosive.
      I can say XX of today won't be able to be as explosive in 38mm days too, or even the likes of Ma Long/ZJK in 38mm
      Its just way too difficult to tell, as each era the players move/focus onto something different
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      yes he can but maybe changing some tactics, using FH but improving the defense to try the close table game pushing with bh

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      RSM in his best shape would make sex in today TT era. One of the greatest, a true legend, if I must make list of 10 best of all time I would put RSM into.

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      Amazing how some posters underestimate past players

      Every generation of sports fans thinks that the players of their era are the greatest ever.
      Consider Boll and Samsonov. They were top players from the late nineties and still are. Ok, give Sammy some leeway because of age.
      The point is Boll and Samsonov were top in the era of 38mm ball, speed glue and hidden serves. They have adapted to all the changes to remain the strong players that they are today.
      So yes, RSM would still be as competitive as he was then. So would Persson, Gatien, jiang, ding song, Schlager etc.
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      Here. This is RSM old and not in his best shape agains ML who at the time was WR#1 and in the middle of a streak to tie for the most matches in a row without a loss. So, ML at his best, I would say:



      In his prime he was as good as anyone. Look at that.
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      what a fantastic match !!

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