Smith d. Nastase 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 I'd never seen this one before. I actually enjoyed it more than Borg-Gerulaitis -- not for the first four sets, but definitely in the fifth. It's the fifth set of a match that sticks with you, and this one was not just close; I thought the two men raised their level at the start of it and kept bringing it up right to the end. Maskell called it the greatest tennis match he’d seen since 1933 when Crawdord beat Vines in a five-set Wimbledon final. He added emphatically, “It was the most wonderful match that I shall ever see.” My stats below. Smith won 170 points overall, Nastase 166. WINNERS Smith hit 54 clean winners apart from service: 10 FH, 11 BH, 15 FHV, 11 BHV, 7 overheads. Nastase hit 48 clean winners apart from service: 11 FH, 20 BH, 4 FHV, 1 BHV, 12 overheads. (Note: I'm missing the end of one point won by Nastase). Smith's winners by set: 10, 11, 8, 8, 17 Nastase's winners by set: 6, 11, 5, 11, 15 They hit 32 winners between them in the fifth set (a better rate than the fifth set of Borg-Gerulaitis). Nastase's backhand was the winningest stroke of the match, with 20 winners. In fact he had more winners from ground strokes than from volleys/smashes, even though both men came into net behind first and second serve. In the whole match Nastase put away only one backhand volley cleanly. Smith had 5 service return winners, including two in the final game of the match. All were passes. In addition he passed Nastase with 7 forehands (including one lob) and 6 backhands. Altogether he passed Nastase 18 times. Nastase also had 6 service return winners -- four of them with that backhand and all four on Smith's first serve. In addition he passed Smith with 7 forehands (including one lob) and 16 backhands (including 4 lobs). Altogether he passed Smith 29 times. SERVICE Smith won 108 of 179 points on his serve. Nastase won 95 of 157 points on his serve. Smith had 1 ace and 6 double faults. He made 31 other unreturned serves, of which I judged 3 as service winners. Nastase had 4 aces [one on 2nd serve] and 5 double faults. He made 30 other unreturned serves, of which I judged 6 as service winners. Smith served at 64%, making 115 of 179 first serves. Nastase served at 60%, making 94 of 157 first serves. Smith's percentages by set: 72, 50, 48, 71, 66 Nastase's percentages by set: 56, 57, 42, 71, 68 Smith put his first serve into play on 13 of 17 break points (76% of the time). Nastase put his first serve into play on 4 of 13 break points (only 31%). Smith converted 7 of 13 break points, Nastase 5 of 17. ERRORS (forced and unforced) Subtracting the aces and clean winners from the total points won: Smith made 114 total errors. Of those I counted 30 return errors and 6 double-faults. That leaves him making 78 errors in points that had at least a successful return, that is, in rallies. Nastase also made 115 total errors. Of those I counted 31 return errors and 5 double-faults. That leaves him making 79 errors in rallies.