Originally Posted by kiki
He and Kodes had always long, tight matches as the two warriors they were.In the 69 FO quarters, Kodes pounded him so much he couldn´t leave the therapeut, even if he won (IĦOkker defeated him easily next day).
They also had a magnificient DC match, over 5 sets on the Australian grass.Kodes beat him in the 71 USO and Newcombe got sweet revenge in the final of that event a couple of years later.
Kodes always pulled Newk to the tight end, and only his legendary ability to win in the fifth set kept him going...
Always been curious about that 1969 French Open match. I think Kodes led 4-1 in the fifth before Newcombe won. I think Newcombe polished Kodes off with a couple of aces. Newcombe was definitely capable of winning the French.