Lew Hoad-A discussion on his career

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  1. Fiero425

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    The pace of the game is just so much faster today! You guys need to look up clips where the ball is being "bunted" in comparison to the worst player today who hits the ball 200 MPH's! There isn't much in the way of fast enough courts to balance out the advanced power game of today; look at Nole at Cincy! He's won all the other Masters events multiple times, but has only come close by making the final! I watched these players and know what I'm talking about! Connors annihilated Rosewall; taking sets at love or a loss of 1 game! It didn't have anything to do with his skill; just overpowered! :rolleyes: :p ;)
     
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    I've seen Rosewall play live. He wasn't a power player per se, but, he had plenty of power off the ground and at net. And his defensive skills were among the all time best. Further, no one in the game today has Rosewall's skills at transitioning or net play. I think Rosewall's game would be very troubling for today's players on lower bouncing fast courts. Nor am I aware of anyone hitting a tennis ball 200mph. Maybe I missed it. :cool:

    PS: Connors annihilated Rosewall in part because he was a bad matchup for Rosewall, but also, in large part because Rosewall was 39 years old playing his 7th 3 of 5 set match in two weeks. He was able to beat a few major champions (with wins over Connors), on his way to those finals.
     
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    I never want to hear that BS about being old, playing BO5; like Roger today, don't play then if you can't hang! :rolleyes: :p ;)
     
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    Rosewall was a rarity in terms of longevity. But, I think health is more important than age. Rosewall's classic stroke production and efficient movement probably contributed to his remarkably long, injury free career. Tilden and Gonzalez were similarly blessed with extraordinarily long, and to my knowledge relatively injury free careers, as was Connors.

    We know that Fed has already suffered a serious injury requiring surgery. Having played almost all of his career in the oversized, graphite racquet and polyester string era, with long baseline rallies, and many matches on unfriendly hard courts with more aggregate in the acrylic paint than in eras past, it seems to me that Federer has been very fortunate to have gone as far as he did before suffering any serious injuries.
     
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    Hey, It's not a matter of what we like, it is a matter of the historical record, and you have not cited any evidence to support the claims of Collins, Wikipedia, etc...the reason being, the evidence does not support them.
    I cited the evidence which disproves the view that Cleveland was ever the U.S. Pro, the USPLTA website, Sports Illustrated, the programs for the Cleveland tournament from 1958 and 1959. That evidence trumps (excuse the term) the evidence which you are relying on.
     
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    Gonzales was credited with the 4 Wembley titles, but would also be credited with two Forest Hills Pro and a Sydney Tournament of Champions, which were much more important than the Cleveland event. He would also get two Philadelphia U.S. Pro Indoor titles from 1950 and 1952, beating Kramer in both.
     
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