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Old 03-21-2013, 06:56 AM   #223
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Originally Posted by hoodjem View Post
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.
Bjorn Borg defied analysis. No one could manufacture a man that won 6 French Open and 5 straight Wimbledon titles. - Andrew Longmore
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