Manuel Orantes, a great 70 player

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  1. kiki

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    Won Masters and that great US open demolishing Comnors with his great tactics and touch shots as well as a rounded all court game topped with some of the best lobs, drop shots and one of the best BH ever
    Recovered miraculously to surprise Vilas in sf after saving 3 mp and beat in qf Ilie Nastase
    That rewarded him for that defeat at Borg' s hands at the 74 RG F when he led 2-0 and went down winning only 2 games in last theee sets
    Beat all great 70 players from Rosewall to Mc Enroe and lost. DC final at 18 after being crowned best junior in 67
    Won all important cc events except RG and was known as the utmost tennis gentleman who was respected by all
    Could hardly overcome Santana's big shadow specially in Spain, a sick country for comparing people
    Finaly and sadly, injuries cut many chances to improve his record being one of the worst injury cases in history
     
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  2. mattennis

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    True. Orantes was a great player. I loved watching him play. He had that touch, that "It looks like I am doing nothing special" kind of beautiful and effective tennis.

    He would use all the shots, in a time when tennis was much more chess-like than today.
     
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    Didn't he come from 0-5, 0-40 down (in the 4th set, when Vilas had MP's) to beat Vilas in the US Open '75 SF.

    That must be the most ridiculous comeback ever...
     
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    he had some awesome precision shots, but way too many slices!
     
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  5. Xavier G

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    Orantes was one of the great names of the 70's, yes. A crafty genius. He was at his best on the clay but could play on any surface. Tennis was opening up and the tour in the 70's was so rich in variety with players like Orantes, Panatta, Nastase, Kodes, Okker, Metreveli, Fibak, Ramirez etc and that's not even mentioning the SUPERstars! :)
     
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    Yes, it was the best era to watch tennis for me, the most entertaining era.

    The 80s were great too, the 90s I also liked very much, the 60s I was too young, but the 70s is my favourite era.
     
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    Definitely
    It opened up with post slam rocket domination and closed up with John Mc Enroe access to superstardom
    Variety and class was the name of the game
    In tennis and music
     
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    Lew Hoad had a big influence on him.The early years Orantes ( 68-73) was never afraid to combine serve and volley on clay as an alternative tactic.
     
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