Vilas should have attacked more Borg in the 1978 French Open final?

Vegito

Hall of Fame
Watching that final I see Vilas was using his slice all the time, like in the US Open final against Connors; but that was not working. When he attacked and did some risky shots, he caused troubles to Borg, for example when he breaked his serve in the third set; but after that he started to use the slice again, not attacking. I wonder why he didn't try to play more aggressive! It looked like he didn't believe he could win.
 
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jean pierre

Professional
In the third set, Vilas came often to the net. He did some good volleys. He should go to the net from the beginning of the match.
I think the slice backhand was a Tiriac's tactic, but it didn't trouble Borg.
 

Vegito

Hall of Fame
I see Vilas had the technique to hit a crossed angled forehand; maybe there is a tactic reason or he didn´t have the confidence to do it all the time; but watching that match I see when he tried to attack; it really looked like he could win; then I wonder why he just used slices again instead of trying to attack more; he had to be agressive; also he was with an attitude that didn´t seemed the best.
 

pc1

G.O.A.T.
Watching that final I see Vilas was using his slice all the time, like in the US Open final against Connors; but that was not working. When he attacked and did some risky shots, he caused troubles to Borg, for example when he breaked his serve in the third set; but after that he started to use the slice again, not attacking. I wonder why he didn't try to play more aggressive! It looked like he didn't believe he could win.
I think over the course of that match Vilas' volley, which wasn't really that good and often sat up would be useless against the great passing shots of Bjorn Borg. It was really a catch-22 situation for Vilas in those days. Vilas had a chance on red clay at the baseline against anyone else but Borg and yet he could not be successful at the net.

To be honest I'm not sure any player in history would have much of a chance against Borg in 1978 on red clay.
 

jean pierre

Professional
I think over the course of that match Vilas' volley, which wasn't really that good and often sat up would be useless against the great passing shots of Bjorn Borg. It was really a catch-22 situation for Vilas in those days. Vilas had a chance on red clay at the baseline against anyone else but Borg and yet he could not be successful at the net.

To be honest I'm not sure any player in history would have much of a chance against Borg in 1978 on red clay.

Vilas really worked his volley after at the end of 1978, when he prepares AO. His volley in Australia was very good.
 
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Vegito

Hall of Fame
I don´t think he had to go to the net all the time, but maybe hit more crossed shots, more angled shots. I´m not sure if it´s because his style, or he tried to do it in other matches and it didn´t work; then he was trying something different.
 
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pc1

G.O.A.T.
I don´t think he had to go to the net all the time, but maybe hit more crossed shots, more angled shots. I´m not sure if it´s because his style, or he tried to do it in other atches and it didn´t work; then he was trying something different.
As they used to say "Always change a losing game." I can see that.
Vilas really worked his volley after at the end of 1978, when he prepares AO. His volley in Australia was very good.
Yes but that was on grass. I can't see it being quite as effective on red clay however just as a change I can see that. Watching Vilas over the years I think one of his problems at the net was not only his volley but his approach shots in my opinion weren't that good. He would topspin them and it would sit up or his slices weren't penetrating enough. I guess overall it makes sense to change the tactics. I never could figure out why a player with the great strength of Vilas could have a more powerful game. If you looked at Connors and Vilas standing next to each other I believe most would guess Vilas was the far more powerful hitter but he wasn't off the ground. Yes I know it was the swing technique but you would think Vilas could have learned to flatten it out more ala Agassi at times.
 

urban

Legend
I actually was present at the WTC at Duesseldorf in 1980, when Vilas managed to beat Borg on clay in a 3 setter. I had watched Vilas earlier in the tie with Italy, and in the doubles with Clerc against Panatta and Bertolucci he played the best i have ever seen him play, hitting every shot quite flat, powerful and with full force, without hesitation and reservation and too much topspin. I thought, that in such form he could have a shot against Borg at RG, but he became ill immedately ahead of Paris and never rediscovered his fine form from Duesseldorf. He was built like a bull, but somehow, he used his powers not enough. Too often he ran around his (excellent) backhand, but his forehand lacked depth and penetration, and this tactics wore him out against Borg or later Wilander.
 

jean pierre

Professional
I actually was present at the WTC at Duesseldorf in 1980, when Vilas managed to beat Borg on clay in a 3 setter. I had watched Vilas earlier in the tie with Italy, and in the doubles with Clerc against Panatta and Bertolucci he played the best i have ever seen him play, hitting every shot quite flat, powerful and with full force, without hesitation and reservation and too much topspin. I thought, that in such form he could have a shot against Borg at RG, but he became ill immedately ahead of Paris and never rediscovered his fine form from Duesseldorf. He was built like a bull, but somehow, he used his powers not enough. Too often he ran around his (excellent) backhand, but his forehand lacked depth and penetration, and this tactics wore him out against Borg or later Wilander.

Yes, Vilas was very strong in 1980 before RG. But unfortunately he was sick during RG and could not really defend her chance agains Solomon.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Vilas did come to the net, more and more as the match progressed. He got thoroughly outplayed from the baseline, and his backhand didn't hold up at all. The slice doing absolutely nothing to disrupt Borg's rhythm. Then Vilas got continuously passed at the net, lol. Borg made Vilas cover so much ground.
 

Vegito

Hall of Fame
I never could figure out why a player with the great strength of Vilas could have a more powerful game. If you looked at Connors and Vilas standing next to each other I believe most would guess Vilas was the far more powerful hitter but he wasn't off the ground. Yes I know it was the swing technique but you would think Vilas could have learned to flatten it out more ala Agassi at times.

I actually was present at the WTC at Duesseldorf in 1980, when Vilas managed to beat Borg on clay in a 3 setter. I had watched Vilas earlier in the tie with Italy, and in the doubles with Clerc against Panatta and Bertolucci he played the best i have ever seen him play, hitting every shot quite flat, powerful and with full force, without hesitation and reservation and too much topspin. I thought, that in such form he could have a shot against Borg at RG, but he became ill immedately ahead of Paris and never rediscovered his fine form from Duesseldorf. He was built like a bull, but somehow, he used his powers not enough. Too often he ran around his (excellent) backhand, but his forehand lacked depth and penetration, and this tactics wore him out against Borg or later Wilander.
This resumes what I wonder watching some matches of Vilas. Why he didn´t attack more with his forehand? And did he needed to use that top-spin? In mooents of matches he just played moreflat and strong shots and it was great and more funny to see. It depends on the match or moents of a match you see. I guess he know why he did that. I read once he played with "semi-flat" shots as very young. And he read once "the champion of te future will be those who knows how to use the effects. And he studied with physics books how to us the top-spin. I don´t knw if he really needed that to be succesful.
 

Vision

Banned
He should.The score would have been the same but the match quite shorter.
Unless your name is Adriano Panatta, and you play a great match, you don´t attack 78 Borg on clay and live to tell.See what happened at the Italian Finals two weeks before...
 
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