quantifying the GOAT question

Aneki.com, the web site that prides itself on all sorts of rankings and records, has recently come up with a formula (full of numbers, of course) to calculate just who, exactly, is the Greatest of All Time (GOAT).

While you might not care which country has the highest percentage of bride kidnappings (that would be Kyrgyzstan) or where the world’s best restaurant is (that would be Copenhagen, Denmark), there is certainly some intrigue in comparing the men of tennis’s past to one another in trying to figure out – at least numerically – who should be called the GOAT.

Similar to the ATP‘s Head-to-Head feature, the Aneki interactive tool lets you file through a list of greats that range from Federer, Nadal, Sampras and Agassi to Lendl, Connors, McEnroe and Borg. The advantage of this system, however, is that it plugs in stats like total weeks at no. 1, major titles, head-to-head record and the like to dole out who is better than whom and – ultimately  – who the GOAT is.

As Patrick McEnroe makes mention in his recent book Hardcourt Confidential, it’s almost impossible to compare who really is the greatest ever across generations because of the change of the game, the technology, the tournaments and the overall tennis culture. But hey, it’s fun, right? We never turn down a good time…

(screengrab via aneki.com)

oldies in osaka + ivanovic ends drought + murray over fed

Trophy Watch: No crazy hardware this week, but the storylines filled in just fine.

In China, Andy Murray was the last man standing at the Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 in the final. The Scot is now 8-5 in matches against Roger.

Maybe next year’s Rogers Cup organizers won’t waver on Ana Ivanovic now that she’s ended a two year(!) title drought with a victory in Linz over Patty Schnyder. FYI, this Generali Ladies Linz event was the last tourney she won — back in the same year she took the French.

And in Osaka, the other Asian veteran on the tour — Tamarine Tanasugarn — needed three sets to shut down the Kimiko Date Krumm express at the Japan Women’s Open. Two snaps to Kimiko, though, who upset both top seed Sam Stosur and third seed Shahar Peer — both of whom have put together solid 2010s — en route to the final.

(images via Getty Images)

sunday survey: sotw (story of the week)?

This week was full over storylines from across the globe: Roger Federer made a triumphant return to the tennis court; Andy Murray one-upped the Mighty Fed to win Shanghai; Ana Ivanovic won her first title in two years; Tamarine Tanasugarn collects a WTA trophy at the ripe-old age of 33; and Kimiko Date Krumm becomes the oldest finalist in WTA history, losing to Tanasugarn in the Osaka final at 40. Above, Ivanovic is a women among girls (AP photo).

lacoste l!ve

Lacoste is opening up a string of stores for their L!VE brand, which reinterprets the classic looks of the brand for the younger, hipper set. Even the store design follows this aesthetic, with hardwood floors, suspended merch rails, and a scrolling ticker that displays info of music playing in the space. Expect 60 or so of these shops to pop up all over the world; Paris, London, Zurich, and Berlin will open in the next few months.

Yessss: For once, the guys win out! The current collection of Lacoste L!VE consists of footwear and sportswear for guys. But ladies, not to worry: you’ll get your own version of the goods for Fall 2011.

Artbattles: Back on September 18, Lacoste hosted an ArtBattles between Sean Bono and See One, who were challenged to decorate a 3D exclamation point in front of the store. (See: Twitpic)

Info: LACOSTe L!VE Store, 134 Prince Street in New York City; Hours: 11am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 12-6pm on Sunday; lacostelive.com.

Our picks: Lacoste! Merino Wool Crewneck Flag Sweater, $165; T-Shirt with Crayon Graphic, $45; Long-Sleeve Jersey with Crayon Stripes, $165.

More: A few other images of the store after the cut…

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Fuzzy wuzzy Juan Monaco is through to the final four at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating Jurgen Melzer 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 in the quarters. (Sadly, Jurgen was probably pooped out after upsetting Rafa Nadal in the round prior.)

Looking forward: Monaco next faces Andy Murray, who won over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The other semi will feature Roger Federer (d. Soderling) and Novak Djokovic (d. Gigi Lopez).

The clothes: As we saw in person at the US Open, we’re much more a fan of the grey and purple version of this fall’s Edge line from adidas.

Buy: Fall Edge Theme Top (assymetrical), $39; Crew, $35; Shorts, $35; in Deepest Ink (grey), Ultra Beauty (fuschia), and white; all at TW.

(image via Getty Images)

shirtless: andreas seppi

A few more US Open pics before we close out the year…

TGIF: We spotted Italian Andreas Seppi hitting out in the outer practice courts at the USTABJKNTC on the eve of the 2010 US Open.

At this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, Seppi upset 14th seed Marin Cilic in the opening round (2 and 2) and lost in the third round to Roger Federer. (Draw: The men’s semis are set. Check out the quartet.)

(photos by TSF)

safarova’s winter wonderland

We love ourselves a good military trench and this one — worn by Lucie Safarova back in August at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal — is no exception. It has leather sleeves, people!

Safarova’s currently ranked 35th in the WTA rankings. Her boo, Tomas Berdych, who’s put together a solid year (No. 7), ran into the resurgent Gigi Lopez at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Buy: Silver Coat by Rudsak, $495 CAD, Chiccane.com.

(image grab via youtube; video courtesy of WTA)

only the nole

Yep, that’s a smiley face finger-painted onto the artball sportrait done by Novak Djokovic in celebration of his qualification into the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where he’ll join the other top seven guys on the tour vying for around $3.5 million in prize money.

Nole banked enough points over the weekend (his semifinal win over John Isner at the China Open in Beijing) to put him in company with qualifiers Roger and Rafa. (Flashback: See the top duo’s art pieces.) At this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, Andy Murray also qualified after beating Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16. This leaves four more spots in contention.

Lip service: “I was really happy to hear the news. It’s four consecutive years for me to get to the Finals, so this achievement means a lot. Of course I will do my best to get even further than I did last year to try to pass the group stage, but there’s still a way to go. It was incredible how many people came out and watched us last year. I really look forward to playing in front of that crowd in The O2 again.”

Bonus round: Catch video from Nole’s artball session here.

(images and Djokovic quote courtesy of ATP)