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NickDRFC

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Great sporting rivalries
« on July 12, 2019, 06:58:42 PM by NickDRFC »
Admittedly there hasnít been much between them in recent years but for epic games there canít be many sporting rivalries to match Federer and Nadal? The three finals in three years they had 10 years or so ago at Wimbledon were tremendous matches and the semi this year is a great watch so far.

At 32 I was probably just a twinkle in my grandadís eye when some of you started watching sport, so would be interested to hear what you consider to be the great rivalries over the years. Borg-McEnroe and Frazier-Ali are often cited...are individual rivalries more deep rooted than team sports like Rangers-Celtic at football or England-Australia at cricket?

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #1 on July 12, 2019, 07:23:40 PM by Bentley Bullet »
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NickDRFC

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #2 on July 12, 2019, 07:33:33 PM by NickDRFC »
Jocky Wilson V Eric Bristow

I said sporting rivalries, not fat blokes playing pub games rivalries.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #3 on July 12, 2019, 07:57:36 PM by BillyStubbsTears »
I'm no tennis fan but I caught the last 40 minutes of this one. Breathtaking. Literally.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #4 on July 12, 2019, 08:26:18 PM by Campsall rover »
The standard of tennis was unbelievable.
For a 38 (almost) yr old to still be at that level is quite remarkable.
Federer has to go down as one of the all time sporting greats.
Well I think that goes without saying.

How can Footballers complain about having to play 2 matches in a week when you see these tennis players out on court for 4+ hrs 3 to 4 times in a week.

Campsall rover

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #5 on July 12, 2019, 08:29:33 PM by Campsall rover »
One of the great Sporting rivalries is Yorkshire v Lancashire at cricket.

NickDRFC

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« Reply #6 on July 12, 2019, 09:15:11 PM by NickDRFC »
One of the great Sporting rivalries is Yorkshire v Lancashire at cricket.

Iím a huge cricket fan and love it when we put one over on our friends across the Pennines but I canít remember many, if any, games between the two with anything resembling the quality and intensity of the games between Federer and Nadal. I think thereís something about a one on one that really adds to the intensity of a rivalry - with teams players come and go but in individual games itís always the same match up.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #7 on July 12, 2019, 09:46:58 PM by Nudga »
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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #8 on July 12, 2019, 09:52:43 PM by idler »
Thunder Lips v Rocky Balboa
Sounds like a porn movie.😳

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #9 on July 12, 2019, 10:45:41 PM by RobTheRover »
Hulk Hogan. Marvellous.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #10 on July 12, 2019, 11:24:49 PM by roversdude »
Hulk Hogan. Marvellous.

I thought Nick wanted comments on sport

Glyn_Wigley

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #11 on July 13, 2019, 05:26:04 PM by Glyn_Wigley »
India v Pakistan.

As for Federer/Nadal, I doubt very much whether there's any animosity between them at all.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #12 on July 13, 2019, 06:34:00 PM by keith79 »
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NickDRFC

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #13 on July 13, 2019, 08:51:36 PM by NickDRFC »
India v Pakistan.

As for Federer/Nadal, I doubt very much whether there's any animosity between them at all.

Why do you need animosity to have a rivalry?

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #14 on July 13, 2019, 08:53:45 PM by RedJ »
Aye, you don't need it, does make it a lot more interesting imo though.

Glyn_Wigley

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #15 on July 13, 2019, 09:24:17 PM by Glyn_Wigley »
India v Pakistan.

As for Federer/Nadal, I doubt very much whether there's any animosity between them at all.

Why do you need animosity to have a rivalry?

You don't but Federer and Nadal have so much respect for each other I struggle to call it a rivalry. There has to be some needle, even if only a little.

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« Reply #16 on July 13, 2019, 10:13:32 PM by NickDRFC »
India v Pakistan.

As for Federer/Nadal, I doubt very much whether there's any animosity between them at all.

Why do you need animosity to have a rivalry?

You don't but Federer and Nadal have so much respect for each other I struggle to call it a rivalry. There has to be some needle, even if only a little.

So ďyou donítĒ but actually you do? I disagree (and given what youíve written Iím not even sure that you agree with yourself!)

Federer and Nadal arenít friends. And even if they were, they could still have had the 15 years competing at the top that they have and still be great sporting rivals. Liking someone doesnít mean you want to compete against them any less.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #17 on July 13, 2019, 11:52:49 PM by Bentley Bullet »
Of course, Mr Wiggerly doesn't agree with himself. Nobody's THAT bad!
« Last Edit: July 13, 2019, 11:57:41 PM by Bentley Bullet »

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #18 on July 14, 2019, 10:08:19 AM by bahrain rover »
F1, Lauda and Hunt in the 70s. And Prost and Senna after.

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« Reply #19 on July 14, 2019, 11:27:54 AM by roversdude »
Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts has some amazing tussles

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #20 on July 14, 2019, 03:52:39 PM by RedRover45 »
Steve Ovett and Seb Coe

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« Reply #21 on July 14, 2019, 04:09:58 PM by RoversAlias »
India v Pakistan.

As for Federer/Nadal, I doubt very much whether there's any animosity between them at all.

Why do you need animosity to have a rivalry?

You don't but Federer and Nadal have so much respect for each other I struggle to call it a rivalry. There has to be some needle, even if only a little.

It's a sporting rivalry, a competitive one. Have to agree with the OP that it is up there, particularly in this century.

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Re: Great sporting rivalries
« Reply #22 on July 14, 2019, 05:26:09 PM by Padge_DRFC »
India v Pakistan. Nothing bigger. 800k ticket applications for this fixture just in the group stages of the world cup