Trabert and Hoad played a similar five-setter at Forest Hills in '57, in the Tournament of Champions. Trabert won it, 6-4, 10-12, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
In that match as in the '53 meeting, Trabert had a service percentage significantly higher than Hoad's.
The narrow margin came through the Americanís greater ability to get his first serve in and better use of his return of service. As expected, it was a match of tremendous serves and thunderous volleys.