Originally Posted by timnz
To me the biggest mark against Mac/Fleming is that when Mac was at his absolute peak they nearly got beaten by two players who were both long retired and both in their 40's - Newcombe/Stolle. That to me says huge amounts that they probably wouldn't be able to handle the likes of peak Newcombe/Roche.
Not in my book
The aussies have by far dominated doubs since 1940's or so and Newk and Stolly are two of rhe best ever, both could be top 5 and are at least top 10
In doubs you just cover half court so age is no factor
Newk and Fred had prepared the event months before and witj their doubles experience mo surprise they reach finals and beat such a team like Lutz and Smith in the semis
Hewitt and Mc Millan were almost 40 both when trashed young Mc and Fleming in the 78 Wimbledon final
Age means nothing and it is definutely a plus in a game so much based on instinct, strategy and court sense and positioning