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Old 02-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #2823
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Originally Posted by Mustard View Post
It's not that simple. Connors only played at the Australian Open in 1974 and 1975. He also missed the French Open in his prime years from 1974-1978 (being banned against his will in 1974).

From 1974 to 1978 (5 year period), Connors entered a total of 12 majors, won 5 of them, was runner-up in 6, and a quarter final loser in the other. Connors also won the 1977 WCT Dallas title, and the January 1978 Masters title.
I'm well aware of all this.

Here's something that people often ignore about Connors: after his first year of dominance (1974), he then went 1-6 in his next 7 Grand Slam finals. And he wasn't just being dominated by a single opponent either, he was losing against everybody he faced;

1975 Aus - lost vs. Newcombe
1975 Wim - lost vs. Ashe
1975 US - lost vs. Orantes
1976 US - won vs. Borg
1977 Wim - lost vs. Borg
1977 US - lost vs. Vilas
1978 Wim - lost vs. Borg

And this was Connors' supposedly "dominant" period, when he was ranked No 1 for most of the time!

Given that red clay was his worst surface and Borg was winning most of the FOs in this period, it is highly unlikely he would have added an FO title. As shown above, he was largely incapable of winning the majors played on his favourite venues and surfaces.

So no, don't compare Connors' best 5 year spell to that of Sampras please.
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