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    The biggest thing in favor of Waldner for me is Europe was much more competitive during his era. The sad thing is that Europe's top players remained top players for too long. Even now, many of Europe's top players belong to a previous era (Samsonov, Boll). So we can debate how strong Europe is now and how meaningful it is vs Waldner's time.

    Also, the 38mm ball was a different animal to play with. Some short serves were almost impossible to drop short with that ball. People who think that modern TT is *all* about improved technique should go and play a couple of matches with the 38mm ball, it will make you humble how quick and fast it is.

    All that said, Ma Long is the dragon. His consistency and the eye test speak for themselves. I find it hard to believe he wouldn't have been great in any era.

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