As a follow-up, the one thing to me that stands out about Connors is he was the anti-choker - even at the tail end of a long career when many vets lose their nerve (see Fed with the backhand). Whether he was trying to put an opponent away or take advantage of a break point, he NEVER backed off. He was a tactician and he went for it when other guys hesitated. That is what let him back into so many matches that were hopelessly lost. Watching Connors in long rallies stressed the crap out of me. He hit the ball so flat and hard that the ball would often clear the net by an inch or two and land just inside the baseline. It often brought gasps from the audience. How could a guy play that long, that successfully, with such little margin for error? He is at the top of my "nerves of steel" list.