Rod Laver vs Tony Roche in pursuit of the first Open Era Grand Slam! | US Open 1969 Final

No. 1 seed Rod Laver takes on No. 3 seed Tony Roche in the final of the US Open 1969.

Rod "The Rocket" Laver is looking for his fourth major championship of the 1969 season, which will see him become the first player to achieve an Open Era 'Grand Slam'.

The Laver-Roche final is being played on a Monday after a backlog of bad weather and a number of unique methods including a helicopter and running spikes will be used to try and tame the treacherous conditions!

Who will come out on top in this test of technique and courage by playing wonderful tennis under dreadful conditions?

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64 comentarios:

Can we all take a moment to appreciate the video quality? Two moments for the playing quality.
patrick kelly
patrick kelly:
Looking forward to this famous match which was played on something akin to a rugby field
Dave Border
Dave Border:
Would love to see the 1968 Ashe vs Okker final in full.
J D:
Thank you for this fantastic share. A real treat for us tennis history buffs. Could I ask you to check if you can track down a copy of the Borg-Tanner quarterfinal from the 1980 US Open? That was a terrific match and I'd love to see it on your channel.
Otto Doerr
Otto Doerr:
This is something else, I've been looking to watch this final for years. I hope you could post the whole tennis match. Afterall , it was Rod Laver 2nd " Mayor " Grand Slam and the first one in the Open Era. Congratulations and all the best to the U.S.T.A. Thanks a lot.
Thank you sir, definitely will be looking forward to this! The main Rod Laver full match in solid quality I would love to watch the most is against Bjorn Borg in 1975 WCT Finals :)
Great racquet skills on display here.
Josh Wood
Josh Wood:
Love the sound of dishes being cleared away in the background
Wel done us open channel, great to see you are still uploading classics. Wimbledon Chanel seems to have stopped. Great quality, great tennis.
Carlo Santin
Carlo Santin:
Amazing quality, you can actually watch this and see the ball. What great tennis but that court is treacherous.
Jorgito Yokiro Cabrera
Jorgito Yokiro Cabrera:
Rod Laver :)
Thomas Humphrey
Thomas Humphrey:
Heading into the 1970's this was the golden era of tennis.
Leo Smart
Leo Smart:
Laver's ability to inside-out volley at the net (e.g., at 26:49) is something I do not recall seeing from any player in any era.
Trancing Trance
Trancing Trance:
The quality is incredible, imagine what they can do with next gen racquets back then.
T H:
For those wondering what the helicopter was doing at the start - they brought it in to try and dry out the court a bit. The weather that year had been terrible, and it had left the courts saturated.
The real GOAT.
Slingshot Chicken
Slingshot Chicken:
After watching Laver relentlessly serve and volley on first and second serves with a wooden racket, I wonder. After watching him move forward and take those forehands early, I wonder. After watching Laver hit amazing backhands like it was taking a drink of water, I no longer wonder. I suspect Rod Laver, all things considered, is The G.O.A.T.
More net action in todays tennis would bring a higher level. An all court player looking to move forward gets the Grail. Federer reminds me of Laver in some ways.
Egor Geroev
Egor Geroev:
35:20 first banana shot Nadal' s. All match serve and volley?
Leo Smart
Leo Smart:
When we watch a match from the 80's there are lots of differences in the game and in the setting from today, but it does not even come close to how different today's game is from this 1969 match. Here are a few observations:
1. No advertisements on the walls, no digital postings (even the score was manually hung), no posting scores on TV except between games (although it was technically possible), no cheering and roars from the crowd except for mild applause after points, no instant replay.
2. The speed of serves was obviously so much lower, so there are far more returns.
3. Everyone goes for the win right away. There are almost no simple returns to stay in the rally, so the longest rallies were about 6 shots.
4. The athletic ability of today's players, as in almost all sports, is far greater. Today's advanced training methods and facilities create unprecedented physical specimens. Thus, there are far fewer incredible "wow" shots either on offense or on defense.
5. Today's game for many players has become too boring, as they simply stay at the baseline and trade shots until someone mishits it, except for a few megastars who do it all. However, this era seems just as boring, as everything is serve and volley, with no sideline to sideline play, no drop shots, no switching between hard slams and slices, and no testing of consistency in long rallies. To me the most enjoyable era was in the 80's and 90's, when there was a mixture of all types of points.
6. Players were extremely reserved. No expressing their own emotions (pos. or neg.), no cheering themselves on after big points, no reacting to questionable calls, no egging on the crowd. Even after the win, Laver was so reserved, despite having made tennis history.
7. Roche was a shamefully sore loser. He was beaten fair and square by a great opponent who came from a set down to take over the match and pummel him. Moreover, your opponent just achieved the greatest feat in men's singles tennis history, winning a season slam, and even the refs and officials were congratulating him. Yet Roche gives a perfunctory handshake and walks away with nary a word or even a smile, while Laver walks behind him with consoling taps on his back. Pitiful.
Nobody here will believe this, but I hit with the rocket a few times. What a class guy!
hans dampf
hans dampf:
This place would be a most effective way to make djokovic stop bouncing the ball to many times before the service
Ricardo Vargas
Ricardo Vargas:
Powerful serve. I would struggle to make a return.
Leo Smart
Leo Smart:
There were lots of complaints from Roche about foul calls, and he appeared to have a beef on some of them, but the most incomprehensible one to me was at 1:28:10, when the ball was called out even though it was clearly in, and it was on a high lob, so there was plenty of time to focus the eye.
Matthew Harris
Matthew Harris:
love it!
Last decent serve and volley player was Pat Rafter. Great style to watch. Geez, Laver's backhand is brilliant!!
Albert s
Albert s:
The grass today plays like a hard court. Not like this.
Trent S
Trent S:
Back when the US Open was a grass clay court ;)
richard colton
richard colton:
i was there for this, can u imagine these guys using the space aged racquets of today?
Matthew Harris
Matthew Harris:
spikes? lol imagine wimbledon allowing them? lol
the heyday of Aussie tennis.besides these players there was Rosewall ,Newcombe,Emerson,et al.all near the top.
Marcelo Monteiro
Marcelo Monteiro:
Historical moment .
Pierluigi Lembo
Pierluigi Lembo:
Che braccio❤️
The pace of play is wonderfully brisk. No “drama,” no long delays after every point, no endless ball bouncing before serving, no having the ball tossed to you by a ball boy or girl because you missed your first serve and can’t find a way to put a second ball in your pocket.
They just got on with it.
I miss the old days.
Stuart Lee
Stuart Lee:
These guys waste no time between points. No going to the towel. No long walks. No bouncing the ball multiple times before serving. Very easy to watch this match!
Roche is 24 on this video, Federer looks younger at 39. Different times, our lives are less rough.
Thanks a million
Mike McNeeley
Mike McNeeley:
What was it like playing on what looks like a horse race track?
Crazy that the U.S. Open used to be played on grass and clay before the hard court era.
kidpagron primsank
kidpagron primsank:
Two Aussie lefties facing each other for US Open crown.
Wimbledon, 1975. Arthur Ashe upsets Jimmy Conners in the final. Ashe stops Bjorn Borg in the quarters. Borg would not lose again on the grass for 5 years. Tony Roche took
Christian O
Christian O:
It felt so peaceful to watch this match.
Marino van Zelst
Marino van Zelst:
17:45 casual cigarette ad... definitely another era^^
Nomon Munir
Nomon Munir:
this isnt the the modern tennis grand slam though , because the surfaces on some of them were similar
Cole Coleman
Cole Coleman:
9+ points won, said no one
Guido Del Giudice
Guido Del Giudice:
I can see some of the potatoes.
Many talk about Federer being the most elegant player of all time. Those people clearly have forgotten the games of Laver, Newcombe, McEnroe, Sampras, etc. Roger is lovely to watch...but he stole his game from Pete...who stole his game from the guys who came before him. Lets enjoy them all....
pépé portgrimaud
pépé portgrimaud:
can you put in full matches a few matches, here the listing very popular

us open 1978
final: connors / borg 6 /4 6/ 2 6/ 2
semi final: borg / Gerulatis 6 3 6 2 7 6
quarter final: borg / raminez 6 7 6 4 6 4 6 0

Us open 1979
quarter final: tanner / borg: 6 2 4 6 6 2 7 6
fourth round: Borg / stockton : 6 4 1 6 7 6 7 5

US open 1980
final: Mc enroe / borg: 7 6 6 1 6 7 5 7 6 4
semi final: borg / kriek: 4 6 4 6 6 1 6 1 6 1
quarter finals: borg /tanner: 6 4 3 6 4 6 7 5 6 3

US open 1981
final: Mc enroe /borg: 4 6 6 2 6 4 6 3
quarter finals: borg /tanner 7 6 6 3 6 7 7 6
fourth round: borg /Noah 6 7 6 4 6 3 6 3

Some matches very amazing for your channel
kidpagron primsank
kidpagron primsank:
This why baseline play was unpopular on grass court. Bad bounces, unreliable bounces, fast, and slippery
jaya p
jaya p:
What was the helicopter doing at the start of the video...:-) too modern 1969 wimbledon... ooops US open - when it was lawn tennis...:-) both men look far older than their ages... laver 31 and roche 24.... our "older" top 3 look much better than these guys...
This is Badminton.
QisMyFavorite Uncle
QisMyFavorite Uncle:
I remember those horrible wooden rackets
Who plowed that field? Who graded it and what crop was planned?
virvln 281
virvln 281:
Today´s top players would have great difficulty in handling the small racket heads used by Laver and his generation. It has to be remembered that the smaller the racket head is, the harder it is to hit the ball in the centre. It´s unbelievable the power and accuracy of their shots. Without a doubt if Laver and Roche were playing today with modern equipment and all the other advantages today´s players have, they would still be at the very top of the game and Laver would also win the ´Grand Slam´ in a single year, that he won twice, and to this day is still the only player to achieve this incredible feat.
Maggie Smit
Maggie Smit:
This is hilarious! How things have changed for the better for All: fans and players. Players now have chairs to sit, fridges, umbrellas and umpire do not have to repeat out and off all the time. Rackets also much bigger and better! 😁
suze giljer
suze giljer:
Not very impressed,tennis is now much more skillful and powerful.
Wow...pretty dangerous out there with players falling. Overall, pretty boring...besides a few exciting shots here and there. Tod Martin changed to a wooden racquet during an exhibition match against Michael Chang and won...and they were really hitting the ball. We should appreciate talents for their times and not compare them across time.
jaynesh goswami
jaynesh goswami:
rodrigo garay
rodrigo garay:
Serve and volley...boring
Borax Sopanic
Borax Sopanic:
Many people have no comprehension regarding the "game" of tennis. The original game evolved and was played about specific equipment. The game of tennis today cannot be fully related to the game of the past. Also tennis is not as popular as certain eras to allow for depth in talent...much as in many other fields. Read "Match Play and the Spin of the Ball" by Bill Tilden. When you read it and note the year the book was written then maybe you'll understand.
TheTruthWillSetYou Free
TheTruthWillSetYou Free:
Wouldn't make the top hundred in the modern game. Too small
Matthew Harris
Matthew Harris:
pure class, no screaming, no shouting, no ball bashing, no hitting anyone in the throat!! yet at the end of the day, the prize is still the same, the skill then no lesser than todays, in fact some players then had so much more skill than some of todays ball bashers. Laver, Nastase etc
Yes Sir
Yes Sir:
Serve and volley
Serve and volley
Oh look another serve and volley
i dont see how people can say players like these are better than players of the modern era. the game cant even compare to what it is today
Pallav Choudhary
Pallav Choudhary:
Can't watch this,tennis before 2000 was boring only serve and volley,no other skills