The turning point came in the second set, the games at one-all and Ashe down 15-40. Ashe's first serve, which had been spotty, began to hit with consistency. With Ashe leading 4-2, Roche was upset by an ace call which he thought was wide. Ashe won the game and then took the set, 6-2, after Roche blew a 40-15 lead with the help of the two double faults, the last one on a call he disputed.
During the break for the third set, Ralston suggested to Ashe that he retreat an extra yard back from the base line so that Roche's twisting serve, which had been giving the U.S. players fits, would lose its spin. "I'll try anything," Ashe said. The change worked, and Ashe took the set, 6-3, and the match.
Then, to the delight of the crowd, Connors came on to face Newcombe, who was playing his third match in less than 24 hours. Connors started strong. He was all over the court as he jumped to a 3-0 lead. He and Newcombe slugged it out like two cruisers bombarding one another at point-blank range. Even when Connors lost a point, he looked magnificent, chasing balls down into corners and going for winners after seemingly Impossible retrieves. For Connors, Newcombe's side of the net had no middle, just sidelines and base line, and he won the first set handily, 6-2.
In the second set Connors again jumped off to a 3-0 lead, but Newcombe rallied to make it three-all. But that was it for Newcombe. Connors ripped off four straight points, and then as he changed sides said to Ralston, "Just give me one break point." He got it and broke Newcombe's service to go ahead 5-3. With the score 30-all, a voice in the crowd screamed at the serving Connors, "Two more!" Connors obliged, putting the set, match and cup away with an overhand smash of a Newcombe lob.
"I just went out and played tennis today," said Connors. "I played one of my best tennis matches in a long time." He also exuded good feeling toward his teammates. At one point during the match he looked to the sidelines and felt cheered to see Ashe, Smith, Lutz and Stockton watching him. Earlier in the day, Connors had practiced against Ashe and cracked jokes in the locker room. "He even told the best joke of the day," Ashe said. What was it, he was asked. "It's a little too lewd," said Ashe, begging off. For his own part, Connors said, "I hope everything that's happened in the past is beyond and forgotten."