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In such an atmosphere, it was pleasant to sit in the bleachers with Vic Seixas and Al Bunis and listen to them kid about aging Tom Brown habitually brushing hair away from his forehead—hair that is barely there. Or to listen to Gonzales and Connors bantering in the clubhouse:
Gonzales: Hi, kid, are you a player?
Connors: Well, I have watched you so often, I think I am.
While Gonzales joked his way into the final, his barnstorming companion from the old days, Segura, looked sharp in straight-set victories over Sven Davidson and Tom Brown, and his two-handed baseball-swing of a forehand seemed as powerful and accurate as ever. Hours, hours and hours on the courts as a teaching pro at Rancho La Costa, near San Diego, obviously keeps the Ecuadoran in good shape.
Still, he can't serve and move like Big Pancho. Gonzales was never in danger in the final, and in the stands there were admiring comments from his fellow Masters on the lone wolf's graceful coverage of the court.
"Movement, that's his greatest asset," said Seixas. "Always was."
"It's tough to run when you get over 50," said Segura. "You either go to Forest Hills or Forest Lawn."