Originally Posted by krosero
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 American’s 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.
They also played an historic Davis Cup match on television in the 1955 final.
This was the very first color broadcast for NBC of any kind, and attracted 10 million viewers, the first mass television audience for a tennis match.
Vice-President Nixon awarded the trophy and stated that Hoad and Trabert "have shown that tennis is not a game for sissies". Historic, indeed!