Bjorn Borg: Pepsi´s recordholder

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  1. kiki

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    Boca Raton´s Pepsi GS, posibly the most prestigious non official event of the late 70´s- early 80´s, the tournament that gathered the former year´s 4 slam champions.

    On har tru, nobody did it better than the biggest of the legendary foursome;Borg,Lendl,Mac and Connors.He beat Connors in three consecutive finals, 77,78,79 and Gerulaitis in the 1980 tournament.He did not play Mac, who had been beaten in the other semifinals, but he certainly beat other greats such as Orantes and Vilas.

    How could he do it? What made the difference? WHAT KEPT HIM GOING?
     
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    In some years wasn't there more prize money just for winning the Pepsi Grand Slam, than for winning all 4 of the majors combined? That's shows how big an event it was.

    To win his 4 consecutive titles there, Borg beat Connors 3 times, Vilas twice, Panatta, Gerulaitis and Gottfried. Obviously Connors still scored a couple of big wins over him afterwards, but you could argue that the 1977 Pepsi GS final was a significant turning point in the Borg-Connors rivalry.

    In a way it's a shame that Vitas beat Mac in the other semi-final, as that denied us a Borg-McEnroe match on clay (that's probably the closest it came to happening). However at that time there's no doubt that that Vitas was clearly a better clay court player than Mac.
     
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    Vitas destroyed Mac at the Forest Hills final in May 1980, a few months after beating Mac at the Masters and at Pepsi.He ended up his great streak losing the Roland Garros Final to Borg after beating Connors for the second time in 6 months in the FO semis.The first half of Vitas in 1980, from the early January Masters where he lost the final to Borg, till the June´s FO final which he also lost to Borg, was IMO the best tennis Gerulaitis has ever played.
     
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    What a shame Vilas wasn´t able to play in 1978! And he was so close to be the champion in 1981! Being a Little better physically he would have won, in that year he was not so fit as in previous years.

    I was investigating about this tournament, just two of the articles I found:
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...5F0zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3ekFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5444,786542

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...y1UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nIwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2908,1815433

    Is it in the place in which Chris Evert has an academy? I think it would be very nice if they do the Pepsi Grand Slam again, in the same courts with the same surface! At least once! What do you think? Is it posible?
     
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  5. gavna

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    No - Boca West is an old school private country club and has been for yrs.

    Everts is a few miles away - both in Boca - are are tons of other clubs and resorts.
     
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