Originally Posted by kiki
Yes Newcombe never lost a five setter in an important event except to doubles mate Roche...and Jan Kodes
Kodes never beat Newcombe in a five-setter. He actually lost three times to Newk in five-set matches: at Rome and RG in '69 and in the '73 USO final: http://www.itftennis.com/ProCircuit/...ayer2=10002309
Newk did lose five-setters to Roche, at 69 AO and 69 USO. He also lost five-setters at 1968 Wimbledon (to Ashe), 1969 French (to Okker), and 1972 AO (to Mal Anderson 9-7 in the fifth).
And he lost at the 1970 AO to Ralston in a four-set match that went to 93 games.