Originally Posted by monfed
How is Borg the GOAT when he isn't even GOAT on his favourite surface(ala clay)?
Some arguments in Borg's favour:
1. He only once played the Australian Open, yet managed to win 11 majors and play his last match at a major aged just 25.
2. He has a positive head-to-head against all his majors rivals, except 7-7 with McEnroe, who never played against Borg on clay.
3. He holds the record for the most consecutive match wins at Wimbledon with 41 in a row.
4. 3 times he won a major without dropping a set, including the most dominant major win in history at the 1978 French Open with just 32 games lost in 7 matches, with a victory over the defending champion Vilas in the final by 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.
5. 3 years in a row he won the French Open and Wimbledon in the same calendar year.
Of course, the biggest negative is Borg's failure to win the US Open, despite getting to 4 finals. He had his best chance in 1976 against Connors on clay, in my opinion, with 4 set points in the third set tiebreak while it was 1 set all, but Connors saved them all and won the match in 4 sets.