Originally Posted by kiki
Lucky that 3 of the all time greats could not reach the finals that year, while Kodes did.That is quite lucky.
Borg was lucky to win the 79 FO, since he did not play Vilas ( beaten in the quarters), Connors ( beaten in the semis), Tanner and Mc Enroe ( who were injuried).Instead he got Gildemeister, Gerulaitis and Pecci.He never lost to Gildemeister and Gerulaitis in his whole career.
Kodes was a great opportunist, and no one can fault him for that. But, you can't convince me that he was as great as Roche, Nastase, Ashe or Emerson. Nor were Tanner, Gildemeister, Gerulaitis or Pecci.