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Old 02-16-2012, 11:51 AM   #617
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Originally Posted by pc1 View Post
Quote from the Collins Encyclopedia-But even though World Tennis declared him (Vilas) No. 1 for the year, most other authorities disagreed and bestowed that mythical honor on Borg, who, top-seeded, defaultd to Dick Stockton, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, in the fourth round of the US Open with a shoulder injury. The 21 year old Swede had the best winning percentage for the season--.920, on a record of 81-7. He won 13 of the 20 tournaments he played. Including the Masters--played in 1978, but considered the climax of the 1977 season---Borg was 3-0 over Vilas (two victories in the spring, the third in the semi of the Masters (6-3 6-3), and 2-1 over Connors, who beat him in the Masters final, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, before a crowd of 17,150 at Madison Square Garden.
'77 was really a very strange season when you look at it carefully. Connors did not win a GS, but was in two of the finals, won the masters and had a solid record. But, I kind of lean towards Vilas for that year as well.
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