McEnroe, traditionally cynical about successor-phenoms, kept waxing lyrical about his new teammate. "Andre's timing—his eye, picking up the ball—is incredible," said Mac. "His mix of shots, the drops and lobs, the way he clocks the forehand—phenomenal. He's still a kid, but he has that confidence, the attitude, the feeling of a champion. Look, Lendl made himself a great player, but he was never a natural. The last guy like Agassi was Becker. Before him, [Mats] Wilander. Before him...."
Before him, McEnroe. Now there's an old one and a new one—champions, that is. And the U.S. Davis Cup team, back in the major leagues, has 'em both.