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    Match Stats/Report - Lendl vs Connors, Stratton Mountain semi-final, 1985

    I still get what Wasp is saying. Mcenroe was more prone to occasionally just plant himself on the baseline and hit essentally half volleys. Against someone like a Vilas I pretty distinctly recall him doing this more than Connors. Doesn't mean Connors couldn't or didn't do it some, but not...
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    Was Connors cheated out of the CYGS in 1974?

    Reasonable question if the same could be said about Connors. It wasn't just WTT that the ITF wanted no part of at first. They weren't bif fans of WCT either.
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    Match Stats/Report - Lendl vs Connors, Stratton Mountain semi-final, 1985

    Agree about Mcenroe actually taking the ball a bit earlier. I used to say that back then. He would 1/2 volley a bunch of balls rather than back up. Connors backhand is pretty damn flat. I'm not talking short angled rolls. His basic drive backhand, whether crosscourt or down the line, was...
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    Was Connors cheated out of the CYGS in 1974?

    That's still pretty close. It is not a dramatic difference. Also, let's look at the stats in context. I think Borg really peaked somewhere in the 78, maybe 79-80 or 81. Borg played 4 clay court events in the US, US Open, aside after 1976. The 4 Pepsi Grand Slams he won. He played in, and...
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    Was Connors cheated out of the CYGS in 1974?

    They are all major, important clay court events? Columbus was not major. Just as something like South Orange wasn't a major. They simply did not attract the depth of field that others did In the 70s/early 80s, when I think of the significant US summer clay court events, I think of...
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    Was Connors cheated out of the CYGS in 1974?

    Again, we are caught up on not winning any clay titles in Europe. He didn't play any in what I consider to be his primes years, 1974-78. And when he did start playing there, how many tournaments did he play a year? He never played the circuit except early and late in his career...
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    Was Connors cheated out of the CYGS in 1974?

    That's funny. I saw him slide plenty of times on US clay. They are not that different, at least results wise. Check the quarters on in the 75-77 US Opens. How many s/v do you see? Check the US summer circuits these years. Who is winning. Are Tanner, Ashe, Gottfried and Tanner winning...
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    Match Stats/Report - McEnroe vs Lendl, Canadian Open final, 1985

    Man, I had no recollection of Lendl s/v that much in this match. I really thought, based on his 2 summer wins over him, that Mcenroe was a pretty heavy favorite in the US Open finals. That's why they play the matches.
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    Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Connors, US Open quarter-final, 1988

    I remember McEnroe being in the crowd for this match. Then in the third set, when Connors was getting killed, someone yelled down some encouragement to him. He just stopped his serve, looked up at the guy, and smiled. Connors pretty much owned the crowd every time he played there the last...
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    Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Connors, US Open quarter-final, 1988

    The 2 matches where he had a very high total were the 1988 Wilander match and the 1991 Krickstein match. But I wouldn't use insane. There were other matches, 70s matches, where he didn't come in as much, but his % of total points at net was higher.
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    Agassi vs. Connors In prime

    Who knows where things will go? I just think it's very difficult with today's racquets I'm talking point in and point out. Federer has shown you can mix it on to a pretty good degree. A lot more than I see in most of the men's matches I see. Which, admttedly, outside of the top guys, is not...
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    Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Connors, US Open quarter-final, 1988

    I just edited my reply to add more stuff. I don't agree that he was more likely to take chances from the baselne as he got older. If anything, he took less chances. Find me a 1980s match where he goes for broke like he did in the 1976 US Open final. Now, he might come to the net more...
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    Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Connors, US Open quarter-final, 1988

    I didn't say he couldn't do it at all, but not very much. If he tried to do it all the time, he would have been massacred, IMO. On that surface, with Agassi's serve. As far as how much he came in later in his career, I can assure you that t wasn't more often, hell as often as he came in...
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    Match Stats/Report - Connors vs Edberg, US Open fourth round, 1989

    I think he just had an off day in 89. And Connors played great. It happens, even in grand slam events, with the best players. With players ranked a lot lower than Connors was then. Just a bad day. Not too many Connors and Federer n their primes where they just never lose early like that...
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    Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Connors, US Open quarter-final, 1988

    Surprised to see you say that you think this was as good as you'd seen Connors serve, especially with the disparity in unreturned serves. I don't think it would have been a good idea for Connors to do more than mix in the occasional s/v. Not on that surface, considering the quality of Connors...
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