Laver v. Connors 1976

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  1. mightyrick

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    EDIT: Sorry. Typo... this was from 1975.

    Another unreal clip from a match between a 24 year old Connors and 36 year old Laver. Laver's speed, movement, reflexes, and all-court abilities are just incredible.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SptdffCeVmM&t=1m50s
     
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  2. timnz

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    Really hoping you have a 1976 clip

    Hello - what you have posted is not a 1976 but the February 1975 clip that has been posted many times here. Do you have a 1976 clip - I'd be excited to see it!

    (BTW - the clip you have shared indeed shows the greatness of Laver. Imagine what he would have been like just 8 years before at his absolute peak in 1967!
     
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  3. mightyrick

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    Yeah, I edited and stated the correction. I had a typo.

    I posted a 1976 video in another thread. That probably has been posted here before, too. But still great nonetheless. Against 20 year old Borg... unreal.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=7412215&postcount=21
     
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  4. kiki

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    " get me Laver"
    Connors had fully dominated the 74 season except WCT where big guys played and he did not
    Of course he did not play Newcombe, WCT champion and the man that ousted him a year befire at the US Open ( Newcombe also won the title)
    But, the cocky and pride young man that had won the 1974 Wimbledon and Forest Hills events knew he could never feel to be worlds best till he defeated the Rocket
    " get me Laver"
     
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    Even as late as 1975, to be considered the best--you had to best Laver.
     
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    this type of tennis looks more exciting than todays tennis. i think its not only just the style of play the old racquets too, and you could see more of their personality in their tennis games
     
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  7. kiki

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    Laver, at 37, was still good enough to give Borg a big scarce at the 75 WCT Finals.
     
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  8. comeback

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    Laver's shots are GOAT. But Connors shots were so hard and pin pointed that i think very few players could have beaten him on that day
     
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    I agree. Tennis was much more fun to watch back then. They should have limited the racquet head sizes or something.
     
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    I just discovered that video the other day. I am astounded by Laver's talent at the net and everywhere else. It looks like the birth of modern tennis, and it happened before the new racquets arrived. It's amazing how he managed to volley back those cannon balls Conners was launching. There HAS to be better quality video in the network archives somewhere, right? Too bad tennis didn't have a film crew back in those days like the NFL.
     
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    Very true, but the performances of a prodigy like Borg at such a young age versus Laver were also impressive Kiki. Rod Laver was truly great even into his 30's, which tells you how great he must have been in the mid-1960's. Meanwhile, there's Bjorn Borg, at 17-19, already an amazing player, capable of beating great players, no matter the age. The WCT Finals during the 1970's-1980's produced some of the all time great matches. The best of five format tends to lend itself to that "majors feel" there. Lamer Hunt was one the biggest influences on tennis. Laver was still one of the best players in the world in 1975 and Connors was such a great player in 1975, bouncing off his 1974.

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  12. kiki

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    where do you get those amazing pics?

    I agree on all of your post.Borg was amazing at 18 and Laver at 36
     
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    I find it interesting that, if you look closely for the first couple points, you can see that Rod plays with a ball in his right (free) hand. Did his shorts not have pockets? Does anyone do this nowadays?
     
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    I for one loved the excitement in the commenting. We sorely need that again!
     
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