Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Budge, in his book, states that his conditioning was poor in that famous 1948 match, that he would have won otherwise, and that at 32 years old, he should have been in better shape.
Kramer mentions that Budge battled the bottle after the war, which hurt his conditioning. Did he not also have marriage problems at about this time?
Originally Posted by Mustard
Everyone has problems of some sort.
It's possible that Budge may have won if he was in shape but I don't see him writing that in his book. Not sure about his personal situation but at that point in time he never seemed to beat Kramer anyway. I could see him winning this match but at that stage I would tend to think Kramer would win the great majority of matches.
Budge in his book wrote that he had cramps and perhaps that explains the total collapse in the fifth set.