Originally Posted by Vegito
Friends, Im a 22 years old Vilas fan, and I allways wants opinions and information about him. Anyone have stats, declarations of the players or any kind of information about the semifinal match at te Masters 77? I would like to know if Vilas was fine physically. I found different versions in various newspaper files. Vilas beat Connors in that Masters, playing a great tennis, but then lost to Borg in semifinals. After that, Vilas didn´t play for months. Some persons talked about ak kind of complex of Vilas against Borg, if Vilas was good physically in that match, it means Borg was really difficult to him, because Guillermo was in a great shape in that moment. Anyway I would have liked to see Vilas playing against Borg in 1977 French Open Final or in the "american tour" that year. Who would win? Some things I read about that match and the links:
"Vilas was a bit slower than in his magnificent second round victory over Connors, but Borg was simply flawless"
Tremendous accusations of a journalist against Vilas and Borg:
Interestant description of the match and some declarations of the players:
I have another question. If ATP had given the number one to Vilas, at least for a month(for example september-october 1977, or at any time that year)You think the rest of his career would have been any different. This affected Guillermo?
And you know what happened in those first months of 1978? Because I read somewhere that he lost in many early rounds, but this does not appear in the ATP site.
Regards to everyone.
tankings and calculations were part of the Masters history in the 1970´s, allowed by the round robin format, that made players try to win or try to lose according to the next rival they´d have.many words were said about Borg tanking in the 1975 Masters to avoid facing Nastase before the final and the same was talked about that 1977 Masters, Borg wouldn´t want to play Connors before the finals.In 1980,Lendl gave away his match against Connors to avoid playing Borg in the semis.In 1982,Mc Enroe lost on purpose to Teltscher feeling Connors would defeat Tanner and, thus, Mac wouldn´t face Lendl before the finals...but Connors lost to Roscoe in a terrific match ( 7-6,6-7,7-6), so Mac had to face Lendl in the sf...