Why did Panatta trouble Borg?

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  1. borg number one

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    Thanks for that Gerulitas link Hoodjem, that's a great one. People forget (including me) just how tough Gerulitas was, especially at that time. He was very fit, athletic, and had impeccable form, mechanics, speed/quickness/stamina. He had the whole package, except the same killer instincts as Borg, Connors, and McEnroe. He made a great practice partner for B. Borg for many years.
     
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  2. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

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    I watched that vid, and was amazed to see Lendl striking the ball pretty hard. Is this the 1981 final?

    Then I saw the score and learned that it was during the 4th game of the fifth set. I have seen the last few games of that match where Lendl looks completely exhausted, and hits 'poofter' balls and can barely move his feet. I think Lendl was worn out, and just gave up.

    Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW4z0FnUz4o&feature=related
     
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  3. David_86

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    Gerulaitis is one of the most underrated clay-court players. He was very very good on clay. 2 Italian Championships (including a 5-set win over Vilas) and a very good FO record prove that.
     
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  4. pc1

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    It's a shame that Connors never made it to the French Open final in 1980. While I think he would have been destroyed it would have been interesting to see how Connors would do against Borg on red clay. And frankly you never know.

    Vitas had a great style to play on clay. He was one of the fastest men in tennis so he could run down anything and he good baseline game. And when he got to the net, his volleys could be very forceful. He played a super match in defeating Vilas in the Italian final.

    Didn't Gerulaitis bolt from WTT to play the Italian that year when he played Vilas in the final and was being fined for every day he missed?
     
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  5. David_86

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    It was at the Italian Championships in 1977 (Zugarelli in the final) when he got fined for skipping the WTT. He said he had to win the tournament just to break-even.
     
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    I always thought that was funny but I guess it was worth it since he won the tournament and the prestige.

    Thanks David.
     
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