Check out these old greats on vid

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    Tony Trabert vs. Ken Rosewall at the 1955 U.S. Nationals finals. Trabert won the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Championships that year. Rosewall kept Trabert from winning The Grand Slam by beating him in the semifinal of the Australian Nationals.

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    We've seen highlights as posted by Krosero, but here's the full match...

    FULL VERSION Borg vs Laver WITC 1977
     
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    I am so grateful for these clips.. !! I was hardly born then and wish tennis was more like this now. My game is similar to this! I guess i was born 20 years to late!
     
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    Double post sorry
     
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    Glad you found it. I posted a link to this match a few months ago, but then it was taken down. Borg had just won his first Wimbledon title at 20. Laver was 38 and semi-retired, but, seemed to be unhampered by prior injuries (although he is noticeably overweight compared to his prime), and played a great match, on clay, against a clay court GOAT.

    PS: Gonzalez makes some complimentary observations about Laver's forehand and serve. You usually hear about Laver's backhand. But, before his wrist injury, his forehand was probably a bigger weapon.

    PPS: Watching it again, I noticed Laver shaking out his wrist after a missed serve. So, I'm not so sure about the status of that in this match.
     
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    So much to study for people who don't know these guys, just by watching this video. Unlike earlier videos on grass, strokes are very clear.

    Did you catch Gonzalez's comment that Borg hit a lot of short balls because of all the topspin? This underscores the similarity between Borg and Nadal.
     
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    McEnroe Borg Fire and Ice


    Perhaps download this stuff before it gets taken down.

    You can use keepvid.com.
     
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    I'm going to piggy-back on this video in a new thread. I think it deserves more comment...
     
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    Not going to search to see if this was posted before as it is well worth another look.

     
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    USO 1977 Final - Full match

     
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    The greatest victory of Vilas. The match which makes him a god in Argentina.
     
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    Jean Pierre, clearly it was his most famous victory but I think his 1974 victory in the Year End Masters on grass may have been even more impressive. He beat Borg, Ramirez, Newcombe, Nastase and I think Parun.

    The legend goes that Vilas practiced for at least three hours before the final which does show his incredible stamina. What a great backhand he had! Bud Collins compared it to Laver's backhand.
     
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    I agree. I always thought that the most brilliant victories of Vilas were in Australia (especially Masters but also AO), because it was on grass, and he had to do an incredible work to win on grass.
     
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    Hope this stays up. Part 1 of 5.

     
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    Talk with Wilander at 1:11:10, and Don Budge at 1:20:05 on court side.

     
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