People who I consider 1st tier share the characteristic in that they are placed in Singles 1 the majority of the time. Fuji has only been in Singles 1 once which isn't a lot compared to Tezuka, Echizen, Atobe, Sanada, and Yukimura (People who I consider top tier).
Fuji has a good record... but you have to look at the people he has played: Mizuki, Jirou, Kirihara, Shiraishi, Niou. These players are decent but nowhere near the caliber of those in the first tier.
If I were to rank the players 1st tier it'd be:
Atobe was better then Tezuka when they played... however the I think Tezuka has shown more improvement then Atobe has since their match and has surpassed him. (Entirely speculatory BTW)
If I were to rank players in 2nd tier it'd be:
Shiraishi was better than Fuji when they played their first match. However, the improvement Fuji displayed in his match vs Niou leads me to believe that Fuji has surpassed Shiraishi at this moment. (Entirely speculatory BTW)
Last edited by Shanghai Kid; 11-05-2007 at 01:49 PM.
I'd rank Niou above Shiraishi. He's shown that he can imitate Shiraishi's bible tennis by returning all of Fuji's counters (except the last of course) and he has more to his game. Also, I think Kirihara is worse than Tachibana and Chitose, and I'm not too sure how Atobe would fare against Fuji, Shiraishi, Tachibana and Chitose either.
Atobe wasn't "better" than Tezuka when they first played either. Unless you mean Atobe > injured Tezuka which is true.
It is dense! The jackpot it is dense!
Well, by that argument, I can claim that Momo > Yukimura (at the time of the Tezuka/Atobe game) because Yukimura was in the hospital and unable to play Tennis, so Momo would win at that moment.
Last edited by Shanghai Kid; 11-05-2007 at 02:05 PM.
Atobe wasn't better than Tezuka. EVER!
Atobe just beat him because he was injured.
Kabaji's inexperience was his weakness vs Tezuka. Tezuka took advantage of this and won the match, and therefore was the better player at the time at the time of the match.