Originally Posted by kiki
I like your point on Hoad. Very underrated here.I many times thought peak Laver vs peak Hoad would probably be the best match of all time. Devastating tennis, with no shots undoable. Over 10 games, Laver would get the edge but, on a given day, people who followed Hoad closely said he was untouchable. . . 1956 Hoad vs 1967 Laver. That would be close to a heart break.
Pancho would agree. He said that even at his very best, Hoad could beat him.
(I do often wonder what set Muscles on fire in the finals of the '56 US Championships--keeping Hoad from the GS.?)
In the end, the aggressive all-court player always has the advantage against a power-bashing baseliner.
Last edited by hoodjem : 07-21-2011 at 06:56 PM.