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    Jimmy and Brett Connors interview of Bjorn Borg

    I thought it was a pretty fair mix of now and then. I'm with you on Carlos...he's next in terms of star power. Not 100% sure about Sinner...we'll see. He's awfully good as well, but maybe a bit less exciting....Carlos has a way of drawing the crowds and the viewers into his matches. Makes me...
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    Close matches where a win would have changed how we view a player on a surface

    Mac was arrogant, but he wasn't stupid. He knew Connors wasn't going to be a cakewalk as he just lost to him at Queens in straight sets. In his book he mentions that he was nursing an ankle injury, was a bit less than 100% in his movement and against Connors, it was a liability. I think the...
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    Those numbers are astounding....again, I might say that pushes her ahead of everyone...it just depends on your viewing scope.....I just vividly recall her being virtually untouchable in '83/'84...can probably name all the people she lost to on your list...so few...Chris made it exciting again in...
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    Close matches where a win would have changed how we view a player on a surface

    right, but he could have been even more dominant--unbroken, so to speak. He slipped notably in '82 and '83. Even though he won W in '83, no one would say he dominated that season....you had 4 different GS winners that year. He traded # 1 with Connors and Lendl. But for a few matches, Mac...
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    Close matches where a win would have changed how we view a player on a surface

    I had not thought about that one, but you're right. It would have totally changed the convo on Mac. 1982 was a bit of a bust for him, even though he was #1 for a good chunk of it. Lendl was dominating the non-GS events (big time) while Connors took the 2 big ones (and some smaller ones along...
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    All good points. We tend to remember certain periods of dominance and say "oh, so and so was so much better". But when you look at the whole picture, over a career, a slightly different story emerges. I think Austin was the player who was going to break the Martina/Chris stranglehold, but...
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    I don't think it's so clear cut on hard courts....Serena has had several HC matches where she was the clear favorite and blew it. And, in her era, there was just so much less surface diversity. While my head says Steffi, I still think at her best MN is a steam roller that's incredibly hard to...
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    I'm with you on this. She had less oppos to win on HC than Graf and Williams. Honestly, when will we ever get off the counting GS mentality? Serena is surely an all time great, but she wasn't the most consistent and didn't even play the tour consistently. I'd give her even odds on HC vs...
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    but hadn't she already beaten Evert? Or is my memory muddled? I do think it does counter the rather false believe that Chris was a patty-cake player, particularly off the forehand side.
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    On clay, she surely is. While she never faced Serena, I think her steadiness could break down that power game. She certainly did it to Seles, on a hard court, for instance. Chris is vastly underrated because people fixate on what they see from the 70's....in the transitional 80's, she stepped...
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    What is Bjorn Borg doing now?

    Was it really that bad for Borg in the 80's? Sure he had financial problems, but he wasn't the first. The supposed suicide attempt, I don't believe was ever confirmed. Women, marriages, drugs, kids, in whichever order, would age a person, but he was in a better position than someone like...
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    finished a bjorn borg book

    His coach wrote a book too...it was pretty good as I recalled, despite the obvious bias.
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    So Long, Tennis Base

    OMG...I loved that site!
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    Most Underrated Player Before Your time

    He wasn't before my time, but I do think his accomplishments are a bit undervalued/diminished in the current view of "only GS wins really matter". He and Lendl were two of the very most dominant, consistent players of their shared timeframe...Connors even longer than Lendl by a bit, if you are...
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    Is Evert’s record on clay the most impressive run of dominance in WTA history?

    I tend to put Martina's 1984 on par with Mac's. Folks don't talk about it so much, but it was equally impressive in my mind. You could not touch her, even on clay, even if your name was Chris Evert. Same with Mac. Was a bit relieved to see Chris reassert herself in '85, which made things a...
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    McEnroe Serve & Back Issues

    I don't think Mac was better in 90. That's not to say he couldn't pop in a good serve now and again, but it wasn't like in his prime. I too, thought he was a bit slower off the mark. Tough opponents were tough opponents. Sure the game evolved but way someone like Wheaton stacked up against a...
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    Martina & Pam: a remarkable team.

    Was thinking same thing. She was a very good volleyer. And no slouch in singles either. She was much more successful than Fleming was, in comparison.
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    Slams with two epic semi finals

    First one that came to mind for me
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    What if Borg had continued in 82 (and beyond)

    I have to watch that QF on YouTube; have not seen it. I don't think I ever saw Cash play that well again. He was also quite good at holding his own from the back of the court in '87. No simple feat against the Wilander/Connors/Lendl trio. But his volleying was impeccable...nothing was...
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    Match Stats/Report - John McEnroe vs Patrick McEnroe, Chicago final, 1991

    I wonder why? I'd think Chicago would be a GREAT town for an indoor tennis event. Feels like the men's tour has been gutted, frankly. So many events, some smaller, granted, have simply vanished into thin air. someone should do an analysis of that. Obviously, PMAC should have won that USO match...
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    Djokovic was never close to this level on grass

    you can pull the stats on their match ups, obviously, but to make it sound like Djoko is so inferior is a bit of a distortion. Fed, at his best was amazing, perhaps a bit better than Djoko. But I don't see it as some earth shattering advantage. Let the numbers speak for themselves.
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    Match Stats/Report - John McEnroe vs Patrick McEnroe, Chicago final, 1991

    I remember this one.....whatever happened to the Chicago event? Another one that vanished???
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    If Mac had won FO84

    so very true...and he had a pretty good '85 going, even w/the W loss to serving-out-of-his-mind Curren. Had a dominant summer season. Then it all started to crumble......
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    If Agassi wins US95..

    Roddick and Agassi only marginally comparable, perhaps in that Roddick had to deal w/Fed and Andre w/Sampras. Both pretty daunting opponents. Roddick would have achieved much more if Fed was not in his way.
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    What if Borg had continued in 82 (and beyond)

    True...he kind of struggled at Wimbledon, then ran into the buzz saw that was Pat Cash. Even though he beat Cash at Queens. Still, it was a good run for him at 35.
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    What if Borg had continued in 82 (and beyond)

    Ha! I saw those 2 as well as they were both on network TV. Easy to recall as they were back to back weekends and I talked to all my friends about them. That line from Connors was priceless! Good luck getting that kind of viewership today.
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    What if Borg had continued in 82 (and beyond)

    Well, he dominated everyone in '84. I didn't expect it, to be quite honest. If I recall from his book, he was feeling great physically and mentally, which made a huge difference. His serving, in all the matches I saw, was just spotless. And, unreadable. Followed up w/perfect volleys. Good...
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    If Mac had won FO84

    I assumed the original post was about the negative association between Mac and this match?? As it is remembered as a huge shortcoming in his career?? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Depends on your POV. I never cared to watch the match again...I found it more depressing down the stretch than...
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    If Mac had won FO84

    I don't know what to believe, even after all this time. Lendl was not exactly Mr. Fitness in '84 either. It was a war of attrition. I just recall Mac missing a key volley in the 3rd, then losing some steam, getting distracted, etc. Kind of like several things happening that broke his...
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