Originally Posted by hoodjem
And way more stupid.
Maybe Blaz is a wimp.? 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 in 104 degree weather--sounds like a tough match. Bet he couldn't play a tough match before the tie-breaker was invented, like Gonzales did.
Gonzales won at Wimbledon against Charlie Pasarell: 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. But it was probably hotter in Sydney. But then Gonzales lived in Las Vegas where it has been known to get hot . . . occasionally.
Pancho would have won this match easily with his S&V style--no hours of brainless, exhausting baseline-bashing.
If only they knew how to volley today.?
But, oh yes, volleying is obsolete and endless baseline-bashing is so "heroically" physical (and so dumb in that heat--but it's all they know how to do).
Serve - volley is actually physically quite taxing to play as well.
Having to basically sprint after every serve and get to net as fast as possible for fear of hitting a tough volley or getting passed.
S/V requires explosive movement and anticipation.
Look no further at for example pat rafter and what an athlete that guy was in the 90s. He would physically deplete himself from constantly rushing the net after his serve and on the returns.
Baseline tennis doesnt have to be exhausting, but s/v with the ball coming back at 90 mph is definitely tiring over 5 sets.
s/v requires more anaerobic type fitness while baseline tennis is much more aerobic in nature especially on slower surfaces. Two different kinds of fitness...
Contrast for example Bjorn borg to Stefan Edberg. Both amazing athletes but different builds.
borg was super quick, had amazing endurance. But edberg was more explosive and stronger.