Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Vegito, Oct 1, 2010.
Very good question. Vilas beated Borg in Dusseldorf a few days before the French, playing very well. If he wasn't sick during the French, he beated Solomon, and maybe, for the first time, he could beat Borg in Paris.
i think borg would have won comfortably,he crushed vilas in monte carlo 6-1 6-0 6-2 i think or very similar and whilst vilas won the final set 6-1 against bjorn in nations cup borg upped his level dramatically at french open that year and won without losing a single set in fact in his last 3 matches against solomon,barazutti and vitas he only lost a combined total of 17 games winning i think 6-2 6-2 6-0 ,6-3 6-3 6-0 and 6-4 6-1 6-2
Yes, but Monte-Carlo was before Nations Cup. So, Vilas won the last match against Borg. And I saw the video of the 3d set in Dusseldorf, Borg played very seriously and didn't give the match to Vilas. Vilas played very good, patient but coming sometimes to the net.
That is why Vilas won. He didn't try to beat Borg at his own game like he had done so many times before, but came to the net at opportune times and mixed up his play very well.
It would be very hard to see Vilas beating on Borg in a genuinely big match on clay
Vilas's only wins over Borg on clay were at BA in 1973, when a 17 year old Borg was leading in Vilas's home turf and had to retire after colliding with the umpire's chair, and that Nations Cup match which while not being meaningless was hardly a big stage either.
I agree that Borg's form improved dramatically between the Nations Cup and the French as well. With him playing that well, Vilas would have had a tough time avoiding a straight sets defeat.
Vilas WO Orantes in a very controversial decision in the 4 th round.He did not show at the first call until 45 minutes or so, and the rules was you were disqualified.The RG executive comittee decided to walk over the rules and call it again.It was a big scandal back then.It might not be Guillermo´s fault, but he should have been K:O from the event.Solomon made justice in the QF.
borg crushes vilas in straights ...
Orantes would have been far tougher for Borg.Aged 32, in 1981Geneva tournament, I think he baggeled the swede in one set of the final, albeit Borg won the title.
Hypothetical French Open semi final between Borg and Vilas 1980, hard to see anything other than a comprehensive Borg win. Bjorn was in very good form that tournament. Peak Borg.
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