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Old 11-20-2012, 07:32 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by jamesblakefan#1 View Post
Interesting how Connors reacted to Lendl's tactics, in short - he didn't like them.

Here's a note from something Connors said during their 92 USO match.

And here it is right from his mouth.
I've seen Lendl use that tactic numerous times against Connors with success. However I might add that I believe Connors was on the downside (still winning against most) of his career and from my observation had lost a few steps and his reflexes were a bit slower. I'm not sure if that tactic would have worked as well against a peak Connors. Orantes used that tactic well against a peak Connors but Orantes was a magician with the racquet when he was "on" his game and his touch remarkable. He could even use the touch game well against Nastase, Borg and Vilas.

Borg tried the off pace tactics against Connors in the 1976 US Open and lost in four sets.
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