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Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

For someone that has won 7 grandslams on all 3 surfaces, I really never heard of him until a few years back, and that's mainly through internet. I hear about tons of other players from time to time, like Lendl, McEnroe, Connors, Becker, Edberg, Courier, Vilas, etc. Anyway, why doesn't he get enough props??? He didn't win Wimbledon, but Lendl and many others didn't either. To win 7 slams is HUGE!
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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

He was a good player, altough too defensive, but not excellent. He won 1 GS tittle per year during four years and had a very good year (1988) winning 3 GS tittles, but nothing more from there and retired rather early. His style was very similar to Borg´s and looked more a copy than a player with real personality.
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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

He would be more "rated" if Borg hadn't JUST preceded him or even existed at all.
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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

Lendl is more underrated relative to what he achieved. Wilander did very well since he was never the best player of his generation, it took 7 Slams on 4 different surfaces before making #1.

Hahaha, Wilander too defensive, he didn't have the year in 1988 by being a chicken shit.

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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

Lendl.
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4 surfaces in GS?
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He was a good player, altough too defensive, but not excellent. He won 1 GS tittle per year during four years and had a very good year (1988) winning 3 GS tittles, but nothing more from there and retired rather early. His style was very similar to Borg´s and looked more a copy than a player with real personality.
although too defensive? it obviously worked for him so obviously not too defensive...
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I loved to watch Wilander,he was smooth.

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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

Mats was also a Wimbledon doubles champion one time. Might've been in 1985. Anyone know what year it was and what was the score? Interesting that he never got past the quarters at wimbledon but could win the Australian open twice when it was on grass. Yeah I was a huge Wilander fan as a kid. Love the Swedes!!!
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sorry but lendl is a choker, lost 11 slam finals and won 8. the guy lost more than he won. nadal at 22 already is only 2 short of lendle's mark. coming close isnt enough, u have to win it. lendl was a poor big match player.
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wilander isnt that special, nadal is close to most of his records. mind u, at the pace nadal and federer are going, most past players look like mugs compared to these 2 freaks of nature.
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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

Lendl was number one for 275 weeks in a competitive era of tennis.

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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

Yeah that's correct. Lendl was a choker only once in the 1983 U.S. Open final where he held set point in the third set vs Connors and double faulted. Then he lost that set 7-5 and the fourth, 6-0. A little bit more research on your facts kingfederer OK?

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wilander isnt that special, nadal is close to most of his records. mind u, at the pace nadal and federer are going, most past players look like mugs compared to these 2 freaks of nature.
Nadal is the new measuring stick for every player of the past. wilander and lendl were compared to Nadal.

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Re: Mats Wilander: The most underrated champion ever?

Mats' level of play dropped off somewhat after winning 3 slams the previous year. His results suffered and he was never really the same after. What is the best explanation for this?

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