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He could not say enough nice things about everybody and everything.
On the World Cup: "I think it's the best tennis event I've ever seen."
On Captain Ralston: "He does more for my game than anybody ever has."
Newcombe got a shower, a rubdown and a fresh set of clothes and returned to help Laver put Australia into the lead again, beating Smith and Bob Lutz 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. America went into the final two matches Sunday having to win both.
"We're going to win tomorrow, I guarantee it," said Ashe.
Ashe is a man of his word but a lousy forecaster. He made more than his usual complement of unforced volley errors and didn't give Laver much of a battle. If Stockton had been able to get just one more point in his first-night tie breaker, the final doubles match would have been an exciting decider. But he hadn't, and the doubles was just an exhibition, Ashe and Stockton beating Rosewall and John Alexander 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.
In the press-interview room, Captain Stolle was offered a bottle of champagne.
"No, thanks," he said with a smile as he held up his can of beer. "This is our champagne." And tennis is still their game.