Originally Posted by daze11
AndyT, I hear you but...beating Chris 7-6 in the third (in Rome) is not exactly turning the rivalry around. People do beat other people. But I used the Us Open as the period where Tracy started winning in straight sets and it became a consistent thing. THAT'S dominating a rivalry. Previous to that, Chris clearly had the upper-hand, and at the 79 Open it was mentioned many times that the spectaters were 'silenced and stunned by what they were seeing' and the TV announcers were very surprised by the result. I do think that shows no one suspected that Tracy had gained significant ground on Chris until that point.
I take your point, Daze11: I think I misread your post. I meant to suggest the rivalry really started
in May 79 as previously Tracy had never beaten Chris at all: it was all one way and Austin had never taken more than 6 games in any match. I don't think Tracy got the upper hand until that US Open win, as you said. Sorry!