Originally Posted by Limpinhitter
Beating Stan Smith on clay wasn't that great a challenge. Smith was great on grass and carpet. He was much less effective on slower hard courts and clay.
But he was on top form, while Gimeno was well past his prime. Moreover, he defeated Proisy, who reached the final beating in sequence Kodes and Orantes.
I really can't understimate his 1972 FO title. It was a kind of refund for having been the no. 1 clay court player in the mid 60's, when nobody was looking at professional tennis...