This five-set final in March 1970 has a higher rate of winners per game, by Laver, than we have found in three other matches (all in 1969). It also gives us our first stats for Rosewall in a competitive match. Laver d. Rosewall 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 I don't know why this match is not listed on the ATP site’s page for their head-to-head. Laver was 31, Rosewall 35. The tournament was held in the White City, Sydney. The announcers mentioned that Rosewall had won his first Australian Championships on the same court in 1953. Laver walked onto the court as the titleholder at all the Slams except the Australian Open, which he (and Ken) had skipped a few months earlier. All of the following are my own stats/data. Note that my DVD is missing the end of one point, won by Rosewall at 2-all, 30-love in the fifth. Rosewall had two break points for a 4-2 lead in the fifth set but failed to return Laver's serve each time (once on a second serve). He had 40-15 on his own serve at 3-all but made an unforced error at the baseline, got lobbed on the next point, and made another unforced error trying to get into net; he was broken when a Laver passing shot jumped off the netcord. Ken had made 7 of 8 first serves in that game. Again Rosewall stood at 40-15 on his serve in the last game of the match, but he made an unforced error at net and then got passed. In that game he made all 8 of his first serves. Laver served 3 clean aces, 6 service winners, and 16 double faults, including a double on the last point of the third set. Rosewall served 2 clean aces, 2 service winners, and 4 doubles. Laver won 162 points, Rosewall 147. Laver won 90 of 158 points on his service, Rosewall 79 of 151. Laver won 9 of 16 break points, Rosewall 6 of 15. Laver got his first serve into play on 6 of 15 break points (or 40%), Rosewall on 11 of 16 (or 69%). Laver’s service percentage was 51% (or 81 of 158 first serves). By set: 41% (9 of 22) 46% (17 of 37) 48% (15 of 31) 69% (22 of 32) 50% (18 of 36) Rosewall’s service percentage was 57% (86 of 151 first serves). By set: 63% (27 of 43) 48% (12 of 25) 61% (11 of 18 ) 33% (11 of 33) 78% (25 of 32) Laver served at 69% in the fourth set with only 2 doubles. It turns out that in the same set he also hit 17 winners over the course of just 8 games. Laver hit 58 clean winners: 9 FH, 18 BH, 14 FHV, 7 BHV, 10 overheads. Rosewall hit 36 clean winners: 3 FH, 8 BH, 10 FHV, 6 BHV, 9 overheads. Laver’s rate of winners per game is 1.35 – higher than his rates against Ashe and Newcombe at Wimbledon eight months earlier. (With aces included his rate comes to 1.42, lower than his 1.48 against Newk). However this match had an average of 7.2 points per game, compared to 6.2 in the Wimbledon final; so Laver’s rate of winners when that is taken into account is higher in that match than it was against Rosewall. Laver’s winners by set: 6, 11, 10, 17, 14 Rosewall’s winners by set: 7, 7, 4, 10, 8 It’s curious how in the fifth set each man managed a personal high for the match in ground-stroke winners – but all their groundstroke winners in that set were from the backhand. Laver had 9 fifth-set winners off that side, Rosewall 4. Laver again is nicely balanced in his winners, with 31 from volleys/smashes and 27 from ground strokes. Laver returned Rosewall’s first serve three times with clean winners from the BH. He also got a FH winner off Rosewall’s second serve. The backhands were passes. In addition, Laver had one BH lob winner and 20 other passing shots: 7 FH’s and 13 BH’s (including the lucky netcord BH mentioned above). Laver made the only baseline-to-baseline winner that I noticed in the match, a BH in the fifth set. Rosewall returned Laver's first serve for clean winners twice with his BH and once with his FH; the numbers were identical on Laver's second serve. That's a total of 6 winners, all passes. In addition, Rosewall had one BH lob winner and only 3 other passing shots (all BH's).