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Laver vs. Connors Youtube clip

Ackms421
05-22-2009, 07:34 AM
:eek: WOW, they hit the ball as hard as anyone today I think. This was AMAZING, and I'm not even sure what year it is in. It's gotta be 72/73, right? They are both unbelievable. Connors' groundstrokes are as hard and flat as anyone's I've ever seen, and Laver's volleys are incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcRNZeo70P4

CmonAussie
05-22-2009, 07:46 AM
:eek: WOW, they hit the ball as hard as anyone today I think. This was AMAZING, and I'm not even sure what year it is in. It's gotta be 72/73, right? They are both unbelievable. Connors' groundstrokes are as hard and flat as anyone's I've ever seen, and Laver's volleys are incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcRNZeo70P4


:cool:
Of course you do know that Laver is the GOAT:angel:
...
That clip was from 1975, when Connors was the reigning AO, Wimby & USO champion..
Rod Laver was 37 yrs old at the time, yet even as he neared retirement he was obviously a maestro:worship:

Dobr
05-22-2009, 07:57 AM
really good stuff, thanks for the link!

Goget
05-22-2009, 08:35 AM
This is my favourite youtube video from the old times - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaN2h21ANs

Rod Laver vs. Tony Roche 1969 Australian Open SF. Laver (in white hat) begins his journey to the Grand Slam.

Laver's returns of serve and passing shots :worship:

FedererSlam
05-22-2009, 09:15 AM
This is my favourite youtube video from old times - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaN2h21ANs

Rod Laver vs. Tony Roche 1969 Australian Open SF. Laver (in white hat) begins his journey to the Grand Slam.

Laver's returns of serve and passing shots :worship:

Simply Amazing.

marcRD
05-22-2009, 09:49 AM
:eek: WOW, they hit the ball as hard as anyone today I think. This was AMAZING, and I'm not even sure what year it is in. It's gotta be 72/73, right? They are both unbelievable. Connors' groundstrokes are as hard and flat as anyone's I've ever seen, and Laver's volleys are incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcRNZeo70P4

Just fantastic, what a find.

maxxo
05-22-2009, 09:54 AM
pure skill

CyBorg
05-22-2009, 02:44 PM
The original uploader's video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SptdffCeVmM&feature=related

Slightly better quality too, I think.

MacTheKnife
05-22-2009, 02:48 PM
Just in case anybody thought the old farts couldn't play !!!

P.S. - 1975

Har-Tru
05-22-2009, 03:15 PM
mug era

Roddickominator
05-22-2009, 04:48 PM
Great stuff here, thanks for the vid.

Aggressive and courageous style REAL tennis from these guys.....not running around retrieving like dogs, praying for errors.

MacTheKnife
05-22-2009, 06:29 PM
Great stuff here, thanks for the vid.

Aggressive and courageous style REAL tennis from these guys.....not running around retrieving like dogs, praying for errors.

Two guys basically pounding away at each other, attacking, and neither wanting to give up the baseline. Unfortunately for me, I saw that match live.. I am the same age as James Scott... Keep in mind, in this match, Laver is 14 years Conners' senior at age 36.

fast_clay
05-22-2009, 07:23 PM
it is beautiful to view the superior movement that natural surfaces and fogiving tournament calendars allow the players of this age, laver (36)... in the creation of the atp, the players, in believing they were forming a formidable collection of professional, have now eventually signed themselves into a collective bargaining agreement that heavily disagrees with career longevity...

thus, robbing you, the fans...

Action Jackson
05-22-2009, 07:28 PM
Good to watch and they didn't have these NASA style racquets either.

finishingmove
05-22-2009, 07:45 PM
This is my favourite youtube video from old times - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaN2h21ANs

Rod Laver vs. Tony Roche 1969 Australian Open SF. Laver (in white hat) begins his journey to the Grand Slam.

Laver's returns of serve and passing shots :worship:

this one is actually not shit quality, for a change.

nice slice dropshots/passing shots from laver

fast_clay
05-22-2009, 08:00 PM
this one is actually not shit quality, for a change.

nice slice dropshots/passing shots from laver

The AO was held at the old Milton Club in Brisbane that year, and... on this particular day, it became so hot that over 300 spectators had to leave the stadium.

@ 3:32 you see Sensei Rochey lose his serve and throw his racquet, and you wonder 'what the f***...? racquet throw...? rochey is meant to be the...' until you hear the umpire call 'Game. Laver. He leads by 21 games to 20.'

He had RodGOAT on the ropes in his Open grand Slam year.

No wonder he's pissed.

Here lay real Spartans.


On the Connors vs Laver vid, Laver wears a red shirt called Shirt of Rod. It has Charisma +3 and Mojo +7, it also increases your Hit Points by 22. I know this because I wore that very shirt and hauled a massive amount of poon that night.

finishingmove
05-22-2009, 08:05 PM
never too much hit points :lol:

Chiseller
05-22-2009, 08:10 PM
What would mtf be without fast_clay :lol:

malisha
05-22-2009, 08:27 PM
This is my favourite youtube video from old times - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaN2h21ANs

Rod Laver vs. Tony Roche 1969 Australian Open SF. Laver (in white hat) begins his journey to the Grand Slam.

Laver's returns of serve and passing shots :worship:

good stuff Goget:yeah:

arcus
05-23-2009, 12:27 AM
Great post :) Worth mentioning that the rackets then were the size of chop sticks, so the skills are even more impressive.

Jimmy Connors may be the most annoying human ever expelled from a uterus, but I have to say that his playing style is so distinctive (that off-slice backhand, the inside-out serve) that I enjoy watching videos like this. However, I pretty much always I rooted against him :)

I like the serve volley and the variation.

I think that variety is a bit lacking today - not among all the players, I know. However, the back-court monster topspin game is so overwhelming and effective with today's technology that its hard for the more mercurial players to have any impact. That makes the game less exciting, IMO :(

Dougie
05-23-2009, 08:00 AM
Amazing stuff. I always say itīs pointless to compare eras, but one thing that has to be remembered is the way rackets have changed. Iīve tried playing with a wooden racquet once, and for someone whoīs used to plaing with a modern stick, itīs difficult to hit even one clean shot. The sweetspots are minimal, and if you donīt hit the sweetspot, you might as well not hit the ball at all. The way these guys handle the ball is just amazing.

Smoke944
05-23-2009, 08:03 AM
What would mtf be without fast_clay :lol:

Not the same. By far my favorite MTF poster :yeah: too good :)

Action Jackson
05-23-2009, 08:12 AM
What would mtf be without fast_clay :lol:

Even more crap than it is now.

The racquet thing is very interesting. I started playing with a wooden racquet, well it was a wood composite. It would be very hard to play groundies with it now.

Kolya
05-23-2009, 03:07 PM
That Laver vs. Roche clip is fantastic.

Such great volley skills from both players and fantastic passing shots with power.

asmazif
05-23-2009, 03:27 PM
This is my favourite youtube video from the old times - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaN2h21ANs

Rod Laver vs. Tony Roche 1969 Australian Open SF. Laver (in white hat) begins his journey to the Grand Slam.

Laver's returns of serve and passing shots :worship:

Fantastic video, cheers.

asmazif
05-23-2009, 03:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpdPX9avs1M

Har-Tru
05-23-2009, 03:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpdPX9avs1M

That is the best match of the old times I've ever seen.

CmonAussie
05-23-2009, 04:04 PM
That is the best match of the old times I've ever seen.

The final [Wimby 69] was better:cool:
***
Laver vs. Newcombe
3rd leg of the only ever Open Era Slam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q13_STOUBc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePo6KcGQd4M&feature=related

Har-Tru
05-23-2009, 04:19 PM
The final [Wimby 69] was better:cool:
***
Laver vs. Newcombe
3rd leg of the only ever Open Era Slam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q13_STOUBc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePo6KcGQd4M&feature=related

The quality of the tennis was much higher in the Ashe-Laver SF in my view.

CmonAussie
05-23-2009, 04:26 PM
The quality of the tennis was much higher in the Ashe-Laver SF in my view.

fair enough..;)
i met & spoke with Newcombe a couple of years ago, he`s one of the most charismatic & friendly players ever [& 7 time slam winner]:cool:

star
05-23-2009, 08:10 PM
I was laughing at the revelation that Connors hit hard and flat. :lol: :lol:

Well, yeah. Didja think Connors was mere hype?

Nothing to say about Laver. What a tremendous competitor. There are some on You Tube with Borg and Laver too. I notice that Laver employed top spin defensive shots. I guess today, he'd be called a "moonballer." :lol:

Some great lobing by the Rocket.

On these old clips it's hard to get an idea of the movement, but I was impressed with Laver's speed at his age. Laver is 18 years older than Borg. What a match up. Borg has afterburners. I think on MTF he might be dismissed as a "retriever." ;)

cobalt60
05-23-2009, 08:20 PM
:eek: WOW, they hit the ball as hard as anyone today I think. This was AMAZING, and I'm not even sure what year it is in. It's gotta be 72/73, right? They are both unbelievable. Connors' groundstrokes are as hard and flat as anyone's I've ever seen, and Laver's volleys are incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcRNZeo70P4

Laver was,is and will be my favorite player of all time :worship:

cobalt60
05-23-2009, 08:24 PM
The AO was held at the old Milton Club in Brisbane that year, and... on this particular day, it became so hot that over 300 spectators had to leave the stadium.

@ 3:32 you see Sensei Rochey lose his serve and throw his racquet, and you wonder 'what the f***...? racquet throw...? rochey is meant to be the...' until you hear the umpire call 'Game. Laver. He leads by 21 games to 20.'

He had RodGOAT on the ropes in his Open grand Slam year.

No wonder he's pissed.

Here lay real Spartans.


On the Connors vs Laver vid, Laver wears a red shirt called Shirt of Rod. It has Charisma +3 and Mojo +7, it also increases your Hit Points by 22. I know this because I wore that very shirt and hauled a massive amount of poon that night.

:rolls: man what fun you are;)

bjurra
05-24-2009, 07:45 AM
The Laver - Roche clip is very nice but one should remember that these are the very best rallies of a very long match.

For an indication of what a mug era we are talking about here, please watch Laver - Rosewall RG 1969 on youtube. Crap match.

Dougie
05-24-2009, 07:53 AM
The Laver - Roche clip is very nice but one should remember that these are the very best rallies of a very long match.

For an indication of what a mug era we are talking about here, please watch Laver - Rosewall RG 1969 on youtube. Crap match.

I donīt think it was that bad at all. You have to remember that these guys donīt play clay court tennis the way itīs played today.

I donīt know...Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just think itīs disrespectful to call these past champions "mugs", after everything they did to the sport. Put a wood racquet to Nadalīs hands and he would be slaughterd by these guys.

moon language
05-24-2009, 07:58 AM
I notice that Laver employed top spin defensive shots. I guess today, he'd be called a "moonballer." :lol:

I thought the same thing. He's a moonballer by the standards of the MTF kiddies.

bjurra
05-24-2009, 08:43 AM
I donīt think it was that bad at all. You have to remember that these guys donīt play clay court tennis the way itīs played today.

I donīt know...Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just think itīs disrespectful to call these past champions "mugs", after everything they did to the sport. Put a wood racquet to Nadalīs hands and he would be slaughterd by these guys.

I like Laver a lot, I would never call him a mug. But the era was a mug era. I am sure Rosewall was better on other surfaces. I really hope so.

FedFan_2007
05-24-2009, 09:10 AM
If Laver could hang with a guy who was the best player at the time, despite being 12 years older surely Federer can hang with the "new balls" generation Djokovic, Nadal, Murray for a while being 5-6 years older then them. Maybe Federer will be inspired to play until 2016 Olympics.

CyBorg
05-24-2009, 09:10 AM
I like Laver a lot, I would never call him a mug. But the era was a mug era. I am sure Rosewall was better on other surfaces. I really hope so.

Yeah - it was only one of the deepest if not the deepest eras in tennis history.

Keep spouting off on things you know nothing about.

Dougie
05-24-2009, 09:32 AM
If Laver could hang with a guy who was the best player at the time, despite being 12 years older surely Federer can hang with the "new balls" generation Djokovic, Nadal, Murray for a while being 5-6 years older then them. Maybe Federer will be inspired to play until 2016 Olympics.

You just had to make it about Federer, didnīt you...

FedFan_2007
05-24-2009, 09:36 AM
^^^

My #1 priority is extending Federer's career, not worshiping Laver.

Dougie
05-24-2009, 09:40 AM
^^^

My #1 priority is extending Federer's career, not worshiping Laver.

Well Iīm sure Roger is grateful for your input. Keep up the good work.