Originally Posted by hoodjem
Don't forget Borg in this category. (Nastase himself was an admirer of Borg.)
And yes, Nastase was a nut.
I think you're right about how fast Borg was. I think he and Gerulaitis were both faster than Nastase. Ilie's court coverage was more based on anticipation and opportunity, and less about all-out footspeed. Plus his stokes were more wristy and less complicated than the Swede's and less consistent or reliable than the American's.
On a track, Nastase would probably come in third. But on a court, he'd cover the corners about as well as anyone.