Originally Posted by carpedm
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.
Here's a good snippet of Nastase playing somewhat seriously and great:
Watch his court coverage at 0:50. Great get. And again 2:18-2:25.
Take a look at his wristy forehand at 1:23. Good call.