Do you remember Biran Gottfried

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  1. kiki

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    Brian Gottfried, the right side of the famous doubles team along Raul Ramirez, is one of the archetypical players of the 70´s.he ranked nº 3 for the year 1977, which was his best year with a final at Paris and a semifinal at the Masters.He´d also reached the 1978 Masters semifinals as well as the 1980 Wimbledon semifinals, where he took a set off Bjorn Borg.

    Clean and elegant strokes, solid but not powerful, and not a big server.However, he had a very good forehand volley that his peers considered the best for a while, at least till Mc Enroe reached his prime.

    A tough competitor, scored wins against the big names of the 70´s and won a few masters 1000 equivalent tournaments, being a top ten member for three or four years.
     
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  2. Xavier G

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    I remeber Brian Gottfried. He was a good solid top ten man for a few years, late 70's, 1980. He was equally sound on all surfaces back then, but I never thought he was a threat to beat the very best players in the Grand Slam events, though he could occasionally pull off a big win elsewhere. Connors beat him heavily a couple of times when I I saw them on tv, Borg beat him at Wimbledon. Vilas beat him in the French final 77.

    Very good doubles team, Gottfried and Ramirez.
     
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    Was ranked about #4 or so. Played decently on all surfaces. Would be a good answer to the question of who is like Ferrer in past ages.
     
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    Very elegant player. Great volley. 1977 was his best year, he beated Borg in the beginning of the year, was finalist in FO beating Nastase, and was n°4.
     
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    His game had nothing to do with Ferrer´s.
     
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    Vilas beat one after the other the famous Gottfried-Ramirez combination at 1977 RG.I think both disliked the argentinian, whom many players of that time could not stand.Borg himself felt betrayed by whom had been a close friend years before.

    However, he was on pretty good terms with Mc Enroe,Gerulaitis,Nastase and Panatta
     
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    Very nice run of 11 consecutive seasons with at least 1 ATP title

    One of only 8 Open era players with 25 ATP titles in both single and doubles
     
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    That wasn't the question of the other thread. It was about high ranked players who never broke through to the very top. Topping out at say, #4 in the world.
     
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    Gottfried was a very solid player with a very strong volley. Never had any overpoweringly strengths like a really strong serve (good serve however) but I'm not sure if you could say he had a major weakness like some players. I believe in the old World Tennis magazine stroke ranking his backhand and forehand volleys were among the top few or maybe even number one.

    I liked him as a player. I remember him playing a fantastic match against Vilas on clay during the summer circuit. Vilas was playing great but Brian was staying with him before losing in a close match.

    I enjoyed watching the team of Gottfried and Ramirez very much in doubles.
     
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    I thought I remembered him having a very decent serve to go along with his superb volley, no? Kind of a poor man's Stan Smith?
     
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    And Gottfried beated all the players of the big four (the very very big four) ! But his head-to-head is not very good of course : 2/9 against Borg, 2/17 against Connors, 4/10 against Vilas and 1/8 against McEnroe.
     
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    Watched him play every February during the 1970s in the U.S. National Indoors. Very solid player.
     
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  13. Tshooter

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    Do you remember Larry Gottfried.

    re Brian : "Very elegant player. ..."

    Elegant is not the a good description of his game. On his backhand he did something not unusual at the time. He cocked his wrist much like Fed will do when slicing. However, Gottfried cocked it even more severely (like Trey Waltke to take another example) and then he could hit a very biting slice or flat shot. Most of the players that hit that type of wrist cocked backhand had a very good volley with the similar, but shortened motion.

    His forehand was taken back, elbow cocked, and held in a hitch. Again, effective but not elegant.
     
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    1978 Davis Cup champion. He lost the scond rubber against Christopher Mottram(6-4 6-2 8-10 4-6 3-6), won the fifth point, althoug that match was not decisive. USA won 4-1 the final against Great Britain.

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  15. Vegito

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    Definitely there are images of the final Gottfried-Vilas from Palm Springs. I saw in Internet a video exist, but it´s not free online, you have to buy it :???: I will watch again the 1977 French Open final, but I have already seen he was a great player. Vilas was the favourite but he was not facing an easy rival there.
     
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    Perfect style

    Players from the bad side , but what a beautiful aesthetic of tennis .
    Perfect style .
    I thought his name when I chose the name of his son !

    It happened in a period where the hell it was impossible to emerge over the 4th place ( before Connors - Borg - Vilas then Borg - Connors - Mac ) .
     
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    Does anybody have the Gottfried vs Ramirez head to head? It would be very interesting to know...
     
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