Originally Posted by Carsomyr
For the record, I don't think Vilas is a slouch on clay. Aside from the extremely depleted FO event he won, he made three other Roland Garros final and won a US Open played on (green) clay. But touting him as some kind of unbeatable clay court force (against Federer, a least) when he only won six clay titles with Borg in the draw is a major distortion of historical reality.
It wasn't "depleted". Defending champion, Panatta, was there, as was 1973 champion, Nastase. Other tough players like Ramirez, Solomon and Gottfried were in the draw. Borg consciously knew that signing a contract to play 1977 WTT for the Cleveland Nets would make him ineligible to play at the 1977 French Open.