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Old 09-27-2012, 04:51 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by pc1 View Post
This is not the same match but it is from the same year.
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/ri...ge/query/budge

Here's another match of Riggs and Budge but from 1949 where Riggs was the dominant player. Riggs developed a much stronger serve. Some thought it was more effective than Budge's serve in his prime.
http://www.t3licensing.com/video/clip/634C230_024.do
pc1, there's no way that Riggs' serve was EVER as big or as good as Budge's. Budge had a "great" serve. Riggs did not. At 59 years old, Budge's serve was bigger than Riggs serve ever was. Riggs had a very good, reliable, second serve. But, he never had much power in any aspect of his game. He was a slicer/dicer who won with mobility, variety and a lot of lobs and drop shots. He couldn't match the power of the big hitters and he knew it.
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