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Old 12-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #1246
Dan Lobb
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Yes Newcombe was there. As was Kodes (that was for you Kiki), Panatta, Okker, Dibbs, Vilas, Metrevelli, Proisy, Connors, Ramirez, Orantes, Cox, Solomon, Ashe, Stan Smith, Borg, Richey Gimeno, Pilic, Taylor. Some of these players were not in their primes yet or past their primes but still excellent players. Borg for example beat the 9th seeded Richey in the first round. A sign of things to come I suppose.

I think it was an extremely strong field. To be honest while Laver and Rosewall could have won this tournament, it's very doubtful at their advanced ages. Laver was having some physical problems also.

I would think that Nastase won an impressive victory.

And of course Nastase was not unbeatable on clay but he was at his peak in 1973 and was a great clay court player.
How many of these "great" clay players did Nastase meet en route to victory?
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