Newcombe to me was a very underrated giant of the game. He won seven majors including three Wimbledons. He won majors by defeating superb players like Rosewall, Connors, Roche, Stan Smith, Kodes. He dominated the 1974 WCT tour and won the 1974 WCT Championship over a young Bjorn Borg. Here's Kiki's description of the Newcombe style which I agree with. Newcombe won the Italian Open on clay was a strong clay court player. He was also very good at the baseline. He was well known during his peak as a very strong five set player. What is often forgotten is the during the 1973 Davis Cup in which the old Aussies romped to the title is that Newcombe was probably considered to be the top player on the team even over Rosewall and Laver. Newk defeated Stan Smith in five sets in the first match to set the tone. After that Laver and Newcombe dominated. Newcombe was also considered to be a top doubles player, winning many of his titles with the great Tony Roche. This team is considered by many to be the top doubles team of all time. Newcombe won just under 70 tournaments in his entire career. Newcombe may be just as legendary in his ability to drink beer all night and play well the next day. Now why didn't he have a better record than that even though his record is excellent? I don't know if he was always in top shape as far as training was concerned and I don't think his mind was always into tennis as a Laver or Rosewall might be.