Originally Posted by urban
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.
urban, Then it's a great achievement for Rosewall beating peak Smith in the 1973 World Cup in April (at Hartford?) 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 after Smith had beaten Newcombe in a tough match. I believe the matches (Australia d. USA 5:2) were played on hardcourt.