Jimmy Connors vs. Andre Agassi
How They're Alike: As the two best returners of serve in the history of the game, Agassi and Connors are perhaps the two men most responsible for the way tennis is played today.
Neither was a great server or volleyer, but their ability to attack the return and take their groundstrokes that split-second earlier than opponents was revolutionary, and made both men No. 1 in the world for a time.
Furthermore, the ability to consistently keep the opponent on the defensive paid long-term dividends, as both men won majors in their 30s.
How They're Not: Connors was seemingly born with the heart of a pugilist, while Agassi struggled under pressure early on.
In his later years, though, Double-A became known for his fitness, something Connors never was. Furthermore, he improved his serve greatly late in his career, while Jimbo's remained, for a pro, mediocre.
Why We Want to See Them: This contest is different from the others we've seen, in that these two actually have played on the pro tour.
At the 1988 US Open, an 18-year-old Agassi dominated the 36-year-old Connors, winning in straight sets. In their encounter the next year, Double-A overcame Connors in five.
Peter Bodo at Tennis.com recently speculated that Jimbo played an outdated game, with a weak serve that today's players would jump on, and a too-flat forehand that would lead to too many errors on short balls.
For my part, I think Bodo has a point, but that doesn't mean that Jimbo couldn't update his style to play today's game. If he did so, their encounter would be a classic.
Agassi has the forehand edge; Connors the backhand. Agassi serves bigger; Connors is more comfortable at net. Agassi is fitter; Connors has more fire and is more ruthless.
Who has the edge in the return game? I think it's Agassi, but they'd have to play the match to find out for certain.
Surface of choice: Agassi won six majors on hard courts to Connors' three. Jimbo won four on grass to Agassi's one.
Each player, though, has one clay court major to their credit (for Connors it's the 1976 US Open; for Agassi the 1999 Roland Garros) so let's put it on the dirt.