|Borg (left) looking suave. McEnroe: "When do we get on and start playing tennis?"|
|1988: Senna (left) and Prost (right)|
|Confrontational is an understatement. One possible|
outcome of standing up to Senna on a racetrack.
Evert (Sm) vs Navratilova (Sw)
The rivalry between Evert and Navratilova became the central spoke of women’s tennis in the '80s. The rivals bore the brunt of building the women’s game. While they each had their fans and detractors, overall their rivalry was hugely positive in building a fanbase for women's tennis.
As the rivalry built and they pushed themselves to greater heights, Evert became more focused, consistent, patient, and determined. Navratilova grew more agitated and volatile, often arguing with the chair umpire or quipping and joking with the crowd.
What else can be left to be said about these two great champions? Frazer, quiet, calm, modest, considered. Ali, outspoken, fast-talking, reactive, boundlessly ambitious. There's no doubt that Ali's endless clowning wound up Frazer but this only served to motivate him to train harder in the ring.
Their three titanic clashes in the ring are some of the greatest sporting spectacles of all time.
|Arnold Palmer (left) and Jack Nicholas in 2015|
What Jack possessed that nobody else has ever had to such a degree was the combination of power and accuracy, which was partly due to his physical strengths, but mostly due to his technical skill. He simply had the better swing, by far.
Dave Scott (Sw) vs. Mark Allen (Sm)
|The classic shot: Scott (left) and Allen|
Swinger vs. Smooth is everywhere when you look.