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Old 11-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #47
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Originally Posted by pc1 View Post

Edit-According to an article on the ATP website Vilas was 145-14 in 1977.
"Among his souvenirs [in 1977] were an Open Era winning streak record of 46 matches and the French and U.S. titles. His streak, begun after Wimbledon, was stopped at Aix-en-Provence in September by Ilie Nastase, who used one of the controversial "spaghetti" rackets that produced weird strokes and bounces. Vilas quit in disgust; such rackets were shortly banned."

Because Nastase's "spaghetti" racquet (leave it to Nasty to utilize such trash) was shortly thereafter banned as illegal, I believe that the record books should be re-written to ignore this loss.

If you leave out the Nastase match (at Aix en Provence, France; 26 September), then Vilas won 73 matches in a row before losing in a Round Robin walkover to Eddie Dibbs at the Masters in NYC in January 1978.
In the end, the aggressive all-court player always has the advantage against a power-bashing baseliner.

Last edited by hoodjem : 11-28-2011 at 10:38 AM.
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