Originally Posted by boredone3456
Every opponent he played from the first round through to the SF was a lucky loser or a qualifier. Amritraj was a lucky loser who would never make it past the quarters of a major..ever. His draw for that tournament was a complete and total joke, Wimbledon in 1973 was even worse than half the Aussies played in the 70's.
You throw out Borg, Nastase and Connors like Kodes played them there that year..he didn't. They were all taken out by other people. If Kodes had actually played and beat one of them maybe...just maybe...his victory would be less hollow that most rational people see it as.
Saying Kodes is an amazing Wimbledon Champion is almost like saying Sue Barker was an amazing Roland Garros champion. He may have won the trophy but he was not really the best on grass that year at all.
Since 99,5% of posters here do know nothing about this epic Kodes champion here are some milestones in his career:
Wins the 1980 Davis Cup
Wins two back to back RG titles, beating guys like Franulovic ( twice), Ashe and Ilie Nastase
wins Wimbledon over Borg,Nastase,Connors
wins Barcelona 72 with consecutive wins ON THEIR HOME TURF and IN STRAIGHT SETS, Gimeno (RG champion), nastase (USO champion) and titleholder Manolo Orantes
wins Madrid 75, in one of the all time heaviest cc fields with prime Nastase,prime Borg, prime Orantes, prime Panatta and prime Vilas
lost the 71 USO final after defeating in an all time classic match the best grass courter of the 70īs, John Newcombe, then Tony Roche, then Pierre Barthes, the ebst french player for many years, then Arthur Ashe...and lost in 4 hard fought sets to Stan Smith
lost the 73 USO final after beating the worldīs nš 1 player Stan Smith, and other top guys like John Alexander and Nicky Pilic, and only being extremely tired avoided a probable win over Newcombe.That said by Newk himself, a great self believer...
maybe he won less titles than others...but his career had that flavour of epic greatness associated to Greek gods...