Originally Posted by Mustard
Are you joking? Vilas, Panatta, Gottfried, Ramirez, Solomon, Nastase, Kodes, Smith and Dibbs is not a "laughable field" for the 1977 French Open. As for Borg not being there, that was his choice. How the hell do you expect Borg to win the tournament if he has ruled himself out of it?
The facts remain. Vilas won 2 majors in 1977, won 72 out of his 73 matches of the year, and won 16 tournaments in all. Borg and Connors don't have the results in 1977 to match this.
Obviously the facts and others disagree with you as the computer (which you always normally defend even in ridiculous cases like Wozniacki in 2011) ranked Connors at #1 for every single week of the year, while the ATP named Borg its Player of the Year. So Vilas is the only one of the three who was neither officially ranked #1 nor the ATP's Player of Year choice, hmmm wonder why that is. Why did even the ATP not name Vilas their #1 if it was so obvious he was the real #1 even though the computer never once ranked him there, as you claim.
Your insistence on grading Vilas's French Open win as some proof of red clay superiority to Borg that year even though Borg didnt play, and as the same value as if Borg had been there, is on par with the delusions of a Barker or Ruzica fan saying their French Open wins made them the best on red clay that year, over Chris Evert, and for the record Vilas's chances of ever beating Borg in a major red clay event around then are about on par of what Sue Barker beating Chris Evert in one would be, LOL!
Lastly his record on the year was 130-14, including an 0-3 record vs Bjorn Borg. Do not try to deceive people with your 72 of 73 matches stat, which is not a reflection of his overall year in its entirety.