Originally Posted by kiki
So, clear dominance of Newcombe on fast indoors with a clay court win for the Old Master, isnīt it?
No, the 1971 Canadian Open was played on clay, Newcombe winning the final against Okker in four great sets.
The semi-final was not the only win for Newcombe against Rosewall on clay, as Newcombe beat Rosewall at Roland Garros in 1968, scoring a 6-4, 6-1,5-7,1-6, 6-4 victory.
Newcombe was an underrated clay-courter, winning the 1969 Italian Open, and also a marathon at Roland Garros against Kodes in 1969 (Kodes would win at Roland Garros in 1970 and 1971).