Originally Posted by hoodjem
I saw that, and thought "Is that Lew Hoad? It sure looks like him."
Watching his protege.
Yes, you know the atmosphere had to be electric with a big crowd, indoors, with big names like Hoad all watching the great Rod Laver versus a player that was possibly the best 18 year old tennis had ever seen, Bjorn Borg. Even beating Laver at 36 was no mean feat for a player as young as 18. That was a big win for Borg as he was coming up the ranks. I agree that seeing them play each other more often would have been great. They played 7 times in "official" matches per the ATP, with a 5-2 edge for the young Borg versus an older Laver, who was still quite great.