Connors was a gentleman throughout most of the match and, for once, did not bring the crowd down on him with his usual sass. Before the last game he was retching into a pail, apparently a victim of the arena's closeness. The umpire had to warn him to get out on the court, where he won four straight points after which, obeying another rule of tennis, he leaped the net.
"I don't think you can fault his play," said Newcombe. "Serving to him is like pitching to Hank Aaron. If you don't mix it up, it's going out of the ball park."
Is Jimmy the best? he was asked.
"I don't think you can dispute that now," he answered calmly.