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  1. J

    Connors Mcenroe Wembley 81

    I'll have to watch this one....Connors said that match sort of re-ignited his career...to win such an extended scuffle against Mac
  2. J

    Borg Commentate for NBC in 1983 RG final?

    a lot of the top guys/gals did not transition well to the broadcasting booth. Borg was one of the least effective. Connors was kind of dull too...better than Bjorn tho'. Mac is probably the most entertaining. Martina, not so much. I happen to like Chris and Tracy Austin as commentators...
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    Was Capriati both an overachiever and underachiever

    She also did very well against Serena, IMHO. Her career is a frustrating riddle for most of us. The talent was there, no question. Consistency and the mental game, maybe not so much. But, when she was on, she was impressive. Olympic gold over Steffi as well, on clay, if memory serves me...
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    Senior tours

    the Connors-driven seniors tour in the mid-to-late 90's was pretty entertaining. But it pretty much collapsed by 2002; post 9/11 and a brief recession. they played semi-seriously..at least in the semis and finals. Had lots of TV coverage too....people were eager to watch Borg, Mac and Connors...
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    Navratilova is way underrated these days, should be atleast #2 all time behind Serena

    that's not quite true....it took some time for Steffi beat Chris...you are talking late 80's when Steffi got the upper hand over her...not long before she retired really
  6. J

    Mandlikova is a better player than Goolagong and Henin

    Arantxa was a tough competitor on any surface. And did very well at doubles. It' s a bit unfair to call her a pusher, however, there were matches where she hit the ball awfully short and got herself into the wrong end of an exchange. When she kept the depth, she was tough. Her backhand was...
  7. J

    Michael Chang's Resurgent 1995-96 Slam Campaigns?

    he was simply overpowered by others....
  8. J

    Watching Old Matches Matches

    wimbledon used to sell matches on something called videotapes! I'm guessing there's a streaming service now. USO used to 30 minute highlight reels that were a very nice synopsis.
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    This is why Borg is unfairly becoming underrated.

    Well, there are two trains of thought...Borg wanted a break OR Borg couldn't beat Mac, and gave up. The USO final obviously was a heart breaker. But, my sense at the time, was that Borg truly wanted a more relaxed schedule in '82 and that was problematic for the tennis officials. I think he...
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    This is why Borg is unfairly becoming underrated.

    I don't agree w/that POV at all. Mac vs. Borg at Wimbledon was not a foregone conclusion. Mac was not as dominant as you seem to believe (in 84 perhaps). His matches on grass v. Borg, even Connors, were usually very competitive.
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    This is why Borg is unfairly becoming underrated.

    Connors did not hit 30 until 83' USO. It likely would have depended on Mac's mindset. Plus, he was having problems w/mobility (ankle, I believe). Still, I would've like Borg's chances against Connors in '82 or '83. But, might've Lendl been a spoiler to that match up? He seemed to have Mac's...
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    Navratilova is way underrated these days, should be atleast #2 all time behind Serena

    Martina's PR is not the greatest...you have to admit. I think that hurts her, as it does Court for different reasons. If you take doubles into account, I think you can make a case for MN as GOAT, quite honestly. She was a fantastic dubs player w/that S&V of hers, even in her 40's. Court's...
  13. J

    Kuerten beating Federer?

    OK...but, first off, these are all time greats who on a given day, can beat one another, REGARDLESS of surface. Connors beat Borg on clay...would I ever claim he was better on the surface---no, no way. Fed and to a lesser extent, Djokovic, are great all court, all surface players. sure, Fed...
  14. J

    Kuerten beating Federer?

    Recency factor....Djokovic and Fed SEEM better on clay.....I'd put Lendl, Kuerten and Wilander ahead of both those fellows...tho Wilander v. Djoker might be close. Or not.
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    This is why Borg is unfairly becoming underrated.

    I think the big question is around USO...would he have finally won it? His departure changed the dynamics big time....Lendl came forward to fill the gap, Connors had a resurgence, Mac was somewhat arguably "bummed" that Borg left the game. I think it's fair to say he would've won a few more GS...
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    Best passing shot artist ( women)

    I'm not sure why Steffi is on the list either. She was not a poor passer, but not near the level of Evert or Seles. Perhaps not even Capriati, for that matter. Steffi sliced the backhand 9 times out of 10...
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    Margaret Court

    I can't say I've seen much of Margaret Court as she was a bit before my time...but I have seen her 1970 final against BJK on tape and the Riggs match on YouTube. And, yes, your assessment seems correct to me...she played cautiously and dreadfully against Riggs. I was rather shocked by what I...
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    This is why Borg is unfairly becoming underrated.

    The "problem" in assessing Borg is obviously the relatively short time in which he played. But, as the OP states, his record is quite amazing when you look at it from afar. I don't think the Borg/Connors/Mac triumvirate was all that different from Fed/Rafa/Novak of today, in terms of the...
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    Mandlikova is a better player than Goolagong and Henin

    I've never been on the Henin bandwagon....just not all that impressed when compared to her predecessors. Did she accomplish a lot? Sure. Did she have more raw talent than let's say Mandlikova or Goolagong? Not so sure. On grass, I'd give both Hana and Evonne an edge over Henin. Henin going...
  20. J

    Best passing shot artist ( women)

    more like a continental one....final point of the '85 French says it all.... she had the best passing shots vs. some of the best S&V players
  21. J

    Ivan Lendl, king of special events & invitational

    I seem to recall a World Team Cup event on red clay in the late 80's as well.....not sure what became of that?
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    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    No, not at all. Having Lendl in the 2nd round was a bit unlucky. Right circumstances, he could've gotten through 3 rounds w/out much hassle. Connors at the USO was always a plus, there's no doubt about that. And, his record there was/is exceptional. There's been some chatter re: moving away...
  23. J

    Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs McEnroe, Wimbledon semi-final, 1992

    What were their stats like in other encounters? I remember watching this and it was depressing. Mac did not seem to have the zip he needed in the serve and Andre was on top of everything.
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    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    He was definitely the underdog....'89, he was at/near Top 10....'91 was coming back from the wrist injury and surgery and '92 was his last full year on ATP, I believe. Dangerous, sure, but not consistently so. If he wasn't facing a top guy like Lendl in the 2nd round, maybe he would've got...
  25. J

    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    Ha....I was watching that You Tube snippet yesterday as well. I've seen nearly every Connors-Lendl match that was televised...and a few that were not. In the mid-to-late 80's, yes, Lendl started hitting JC a steady diet of slice backhands. Maybe Roche was behind this strategy? In this last...
  26. J

    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    Yes, I think we largely agree; would have to go back and watch it again, but my recollection was that Lendl was hitting off speed and slice off both wings. He also started returning better in the 2nd set...maybe getting a read on the Connors serve, which was quite good in set 1. I don't think...
  27. J

    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    Oh, Connors behaved badly post match, no question. While Lendl had used that strategy in the past, it did seem to me it was nearly all he was hitting in this one. Again, not a criticism, at all. Connors should have found a way to counter and he did not. He was up a break in the 2nd, got a...
  28. J

    Was Borg's backhand technique "a joke"?

    I think Ice Hockey served him very well......
  29. J

    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    Lendl started playing a little differently too...slicing the hell out of the ball on numerous shots. That just made if far tougher on JC. I think the Seniors Tour started in '93...yes, he was playing Seniors when he played his last ATP match.
  30. J

    Why Connors didn't play 93-94 USO?

    that's a good point....USO early rounds were best of 3 back then....that would have been more tolerable/feasible for a 40yr old
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