Why Borg is the definitive Open Era GOAT

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  1. tennisaddict

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    Good post, except for the bolded part. A victory at FO and 4 other finals and innumerable SF's over almost a decade is not "comparable" to Borg's USO achievement, but clearly better which puts Fed at a higher pedestal.

    I agree that if Borg had played AO, he would have been at 14 or 15 majors and hence he ranks more than Sampras for winning on such disparate surfaces.

    The combination of 5 plus finals on all surfaces , winning 17 of them and having 5 YEC, 302 weeks - all makes Fed way ahead of the competition.
     
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    Again, one can't assume that he is going to be objective about the subject, like his claim that he retired because of those mean old tennis officials forcing him to play too many tournaments. I think if you polled knowledgeable tennis people if he would be more favorably viewed if he had 4 Wimbeldons and 1 US Open, or 3 Wimbledons, 1 US Open and 1 Aussie Open, I think it's pretty obvious what the answer would be.
     
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    I explained myself poorly.The question was exactly the way you wrotte.

    He´d have a career slam, with 5 majors ( instead of 4), which are Wimbledon, US open, Masters,WCT and Roland Garros.In fact, he won 4 out of 5 top events of golden tennis.ture, just one WCT
     
  4. forzamilan90

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    that has to with whether he'd trade titles, not why he failed to win a third unique slam
     
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    The ability of Borg, EVEN HALF INJURIED to not give up and get over the worst situations is unique.Not even laver would be able to.

    In 74, he was down 2 sets to zero against the possibly world´s best cc player, Orantes.He won the last three sets 0,1,0

    In 80, he lost 9 or 10 match balls in that epic tiebreak at Wimbledon against Mc Enroe...anybody else would have yielded...well, he won 8-6¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

    In 78, at Rome, he was throwm lots of coins in the finals against Panatta.He won in 5 sets.

    This guy was mad eof Iron.He looked undestroyable
     
  6. forzamilan90

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    ^^^good to know you avoided my question yet again
     
  7. Chanwan

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    when Borg retired the Open era was very, very young
     
  8. dafinch

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    No, I read carelessly, when I re-read it, I edited my post. Maybe he really believes what he said, but there's no doubt it can be viewed as self serving, and, like I said, the fact that he's the only guy among the top 20 Slam winners without a US Open win on his resume is glaring, to say the least.
     
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    ...Connors euqals Borg after being down 0-4 in the fifth at W 77.He also leads 2 to 0 at W 81.Tanner saves 3 match points in the fifth of W 79 and pairs at 4 all...well, Borg still emerges the winner.No man has ever had Borg´s balls in any sport.
     
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    I laugh at those who say Borg knew he couldn´t beat mac anymore.But, if it is right, Fed knew the same about Nadal in the AO 2009.

    Difference? While Fed cryied it out as a beaten *****, Borg stood up as a man.It is probably a problem of eras .
     
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    That's an excellent point to a deceptive stat, if Laver had retired in 1971, for example, instead of '79 , think what HIS percentage lead over the next player in Open era Slams would've been, lol.
     
  12. forzamilan90

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    [​IMG]
     
  13. kiki

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    You guys, newtards.What makes your speech absurd and clueless is not that you prefer or idolatrize Fed or Djokovic.I can understand it.What makes it laughable is that you pretend to give lessons of what happened in the past to expert posters that WHERE THERE when it happened and have a much longer perspective than you have, while you never even watched it.Let´s be serious and honest, even you current teens can make a try at it.
     
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    fed has beaten nadal 4 times after AO 2009 ......

    borg surely would've beaten mac even after 81, especially if they met on clay ... while he was probably the toughest mentally in tennis, his lack of US Open title does hurt him ... so does his early retirement due to burn out ....
     
  15. forzamilan90

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    if you tell your opinions to just about all the tennis media people nowadays (and older ones too, Mac, Drysdale, Evert), they'd think you're crazy, just flat out telling you
     
  16. kiki

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    they just say what their boss makes them say...but deep down they know the truth.
     
  17. forzamilan90

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    I guess Kramer knows the best of all, since he said Fed is the greatest he ever saw before he died, and he also wasn't much a fan of Laver. Surely, he didn't have a boss whose agenda he had to follow.
     
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    I don't quite get how crying, but playing, and increasing one's Slam total to the all time high is NOT standing up like a man, while running home to mama after getting your ass kicked and retiring like a petulant bi-yatch is not.:rolleyes: Not to mention, the poor, broken, devastated Fed has beaten Nadal sevearl times since the '09 AO.
     
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    Everybody knows he hated the aussies.Kramer has changed his speech much more times than most politicians change their convictions...
     
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    Never on a slam.In fact, Nadal wipped the floor with him, again, at Roland Garros.

    To even imagine the kind of limit situations Borg had to endure, would just force Federer to retire.
     
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    Again kiki, whether Borg and Fed believe they can't win anymore isn't my issue. The point is Federer didn't give in and call it quit. He came back strong by adding 4 more slams after the 2009 AO, breaking Pete's slam count and weeks at #1. The difference between Fed and Borg is day and night. Plus, Borg didn't cry but he also didn't stood up as a man either....chose a safer/easier route by quitting.
     
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    Federer is still playing now 4 years on. You chat so much **** it's unbelievable.
     
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    Borg´s competition was so hard...and in the future, there would have been Becker,Edberg and Mats.Federer era is so weak that he has already ensured a berth in the semis.In fact, why don´t they start the tournament at the quarterfinals?
     
  24. forzamilan90

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    fortunately, Kramer is not alone in his resolute belief on that topic. Just about everyone except a few loud mouths on this forum disagree
     
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    You have no idea what Federer would do in whatever it is you're trying to describe in your last sentence, so please stop acting like you do. We DO know that, unlike greats in other sports, like Ali and Michael Jordan, who endured defeats but persevered and eventually defeated tormentors, that Borg quit like a punk, and no amount of spinning as to his reasons for doing so is going to change that fact.
     
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    I maybe wrong, of course.But at least, I talk about what I personally watched.Most posters here don´t have the right to disaprove me if they were not EVEN BORN and pretend they know about it.Pathetic.It is like if I tried to teach what the Second World Was to a War veteran when I wasn´t even born¡¡¡
     
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    actually boris & edberg came into their own from 85 onwards ...

    even in 82,83,84 borg's competition would be still mac, connors, lendl & wilander .....

    oh and your federer era statement is just your typical cluelessness & jealousy that federer has surpassed your boy laver in the GOAT debate :)

    the depth in the game now is more than ever before ...federer's just that consistent at reaching the later stages of a slam ... even your boy laver wasn't close ...losing to drysdale at USO 68 in 4R ... federer has defeated quite a few better players before the semis than drysdale - agassi , hewitt, roddick, nalbandian etc ....
     
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    Odd how every says the depth of today's game is so much higher than it's ever been before? Maybe Federer is just that good that he can consistantly reach the quarters?
     
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    yeah, only you haven't watched much of modern tennis as is evident by your clueless statements , one such example being comparing hewitt to clay courters like solomon, dibbs, higueras ........:lol:
     
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    <yes, he lost to mighties Tsonga,Henman and Sodelring.nalbdandian is the Chris Lewis of modern era.2,2,2,.Difference is lewis lost to mac and nalbandian to hewitt....
     
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    henman loss was well before his prime ...

    tsonga and soderling were absolutely on-fire when they beat fed ........ in that form, they'd have crushed your darling kodes 2,2 and 2 ......

    tsonga's performance vs fed at wimbledon in 2011 was somewhat like that of curren in wimbledon 85 vs mac/connors

    soderling's performance at the RG 2010 QF was one of the highest levels ever on clay ....... it was a near flawless performance ....


    eh, again, total cluelessness ....chris lewis was a one slam wonder ...he didn't even reach 4R at any other slam

    nalbandian was consistently going deep in slams from 2003-06

    he won the masters in 2005, defeating federer in the final ..

    also won madrid/paris in dominant fashion in 2007 , beating all top players - federer, nadal, djokovic ...everyone ....

    the closest comparisions to nalbandian in other eras would be mecir and rios ...
     
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    If Kodes won three slams in golden tennis, I just can´t imagine how many in dull tennis...
     
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    I have an interesting test to give an indication how strong Borg's era was(and, btw, I noticed you carefully avoided answering post # 182, perhaps it dawned on you how silly it is for you to try and pretend you know what Federer is going to do, although one thing we see that he would NOT do is quit like a b.itch): since you're lambasting Fed's era, why don't you tell us the head to head scores of Eddie Solomon, Ernie Dibbs, and Vitas Gerulaitis-all consistent occupants in the Top Ten during their prime-vs Borg?
     
  34. forzamilan90

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    0 in in 2004-now era for sure
     
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    Three? I know he won one when the best players were on strike, Wimbledon, when virtually all of the top players were on strike. Don't tell me, lemme guess: he won the Dirtball Open twice, right?
     
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    Who are Eddy Solomon and Erny Dibbs?

    Borg never cried out of impotence.Of course, he never played in the WTA
     
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    Borg,Nastase,Connors...Roche,Newcombe,Ashe,Smith,Nastase again...not exactly Tsonga,Nalbandian,Bagdhatis,Philipoussis,Gonzalez ( from chili),Ferrer and Davidoff...
     
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    I guess I didn't realize you were there for all of Borg's major titles.

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    70s and 80s were the golden days of tennis. When have so many greats played as contemporaries since?
     
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    of course I was.
     
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    Excuse me, HAROLD Solomon and Eddie Dibbs. They were called the "Bagel Twins" and I confused their first names, but, if you're such an afficianado of old time tennis, I suspect you knew exactly who I am talking about and are trying to skirt the issue. So, why don't you tell the young'uns how 3 top 10 players did against Borg?
     
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    True, it is an era that starts in the down of open tennis, with Laver GS and goes all the way through the start of sampras domination, up to the middle 90´s.
     
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    I'm guessing didn't beat any of these people during that bogus Wimbledon win, when 13 of the top 16 players(and 81 in all) stayed away. Guy was a notch above a ham n' egger, don't try to make him into an all time great.
     
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    i would have declared borg the greatest had he stayed back and solved the mac puzzle and then retired........otherwise his overall game and resume reflects completeness......

    look at nadal in comparison.......he lost 7 close finals, almost all pretty close and heart breaking losses.......he did not retire, he stayed back and hit him hard with three consecutive hammerings, denied novak the non-calender slam and protected that old goof laver's record in the process........
     
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    70s was amazing.......most of the 80s was truly boring with old connors, on and off mac, boring trollander etc., until becker and edberg took over in the late 80s and then came sampras.......
     
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    Nalbandian is a much bigger talent - realised or unrealised - than Lewis ever was.

    He would thump Lewis off the court six ways to Saturday.
     
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    Lewis lost to a stronger player than Hewitt, but the score was the same...
     
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    Suddenly it's crickets from the guy who was gushing about Borg's tough era. I've been unable to unearth the actual head to head of Borg vs Solomon and Dibbs, but he is shown as 16-0 vs Vitas, and I'm almost certain that he never lost to either of the other two, either, despite playing them at least 10 times each. Both of the Bagel Twins were short, with 2 handed backhands, and one of them described returning Borg's shots to that wing as "like reaching up to comb your hair for 4 hours." So, against THREE frequent members of the Top Ten, Borg was roughly 36-0, indicating the era wasn't quite as tough as it is being made to appear, lol...
     
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    So much balls he apparently had used them all up by 25. :p

    People - and Borg - call it loss of passion, or even boredom. Perhaps it was really seeing the rising guns Lendl, Wilander etc around him and the realisation that he wouldn't be able to enjoy the sort of dominance he once did. Maybe he couldn't handle facing tennis where he couldn't dominate.

    Sounds like the sort of real reason someone would frame publicly as "I lost the passion."
     
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    Precisely. A variation of that is saying, "I didn't play my best," and, although I'm a fan of Serena's, it pisses me off when she doesn't give the opponent credit and makes that statement. It is not enough to be a great player or team, you must also PLAY well. The losers of the 1980 USSR vs USA hockey game, Douglass vs Tyson heavyweight championship fight, and Connors vs Ashe in the '75 Wimbledon final all played below par(and they were all MUCH bigger favorites than Borg was vs McEnroe at Wimbledon), but, whose fault is THAT? And I'm sure that was small solace to the Russians, Mike Tyson, and Jimmy Connors, respectively...
     

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