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Old 02-11-2010, 06:07 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by SgtJohn View Post
Indeed. Laver also won the Sydney Dunlop Open in 1970 that took place 2 months after the Aussie. It was explicitly considered in the media as the 'unofficial' Australian major (strangely the 1st Australian Open in history in 1969 was not a success financially, so the organizers couldn't offer the same prize money the next year, hence the absence of the top pros; the Dunlop was a WCT event, so no financial issues...). Laver beat Ashe, the Australian Open winner in the final.
Unless I am completely misconstruing, Roger Taylor beat Ashe in the quarters of the Sydney Dunlop: 6-3, 8-6, 6-4.

Laver beat Rosewall in the finals: 3-6 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-3.

And I would agree the field looks better than at the AO of 1970. I believe that the Dunlop deserves to be the "Australian slam" of 1970.
In the end, the aggressive all-court player always has the advantage against a power-bashing baseliner.

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