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Old 03-30-2014, 06:18 AM   #1306
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Smith himself wrote just a year or so ago, that the first half of 1973 was his peak. And indeed, i saw him a few times on the WCT tour in spring 1973, and he played just awesome, every bit as well as Connors a year later. In contrast, at Wim 1972 he played imo a bit subpar, despite winning (without all the WCT players of course). The sharp WCT tour 1973 maybe took something out of him, and he never reached that level again. Never a clay court artist, he lost a few times on the European clay against Okker i think, lost a close match to Kodes at Forest Hills and the DC to the Aussies.
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