Newcombe d. Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Statistically there was very little between the two men, except in one category: BH return errors. Smith made 38 such errors, Newcombe 22. Rosewall had said this after the semis: "Smith is a dangerous player and he must have a chance. But Newcombe is much safer off the ground, and I make him favorite to win. It could well be a long match. I know roughly how it will go – Newcombe will serve to Smith’s backhand, and Smith will serve to Newcombe’s backhand, and mistakes will decide it." Some other notable features of the match included Newcombe winning 19 straight points on serve, and Smith successfully making a long string of first serves. My service stats below. POINTS WON Newcombe won 156 points overall, Smith 142. Newcombe won 73 of 88 points on first serve (83%) and 29 of 60 on second serve (48%). Smith won 70 of 105 points on first serve (67%) and 26 of 45 on second serve (58%). These are the numbers if you look only at points in which the serve was returned successfully: Newcombe 67% on first serve (30/45) and 37% on second (15/41). Smith 53% on first serve (40/75) and 50% on second (12/24). Note: in the first two sets, if Newk could return Smith's first serve he had a better than even chance of winning the point. Over the course of those two sets, Smith was winning only 44% of the time when his 1st serve was returned (17/39), while winning 67% of the time when his 2nd serve came back (6/9). Newcombe won 19 straight points on serve to start off the fourth set. The New York Times wrote: In the finest sustained serving streak since Bob Falkenburg won here in 1948, he had four service games at love and was 5-4 and 40-love. Not a single point had Smith won against service all the way through the set. Desperately he fought off three set points to get to deuce. At advantage John aced him for 6-4 and two sets each. So Newk came within 1 point of going an entire set without dropping a point on serve. SERVICE PERCENTAGES Newcombe made 88 of 148 first serves (59.5%). He missed 5 of 6 first serves at 5-6 in the second set – his worst service game of the match in terms of service faults – and was promptly broken. Smith made 105 of 150 first serves (70.0%). He had a stretch in which he made 20 straight first serves, including his first 3 serves of the second set. However he was broken during that stretch, at 2-3 in the first set, despite making 10 of 10 first serves in that game. (Something similar happened to Smith in '74 when he lost to Rosewall from two sets up. He opened the final set of that match with 15 straight first serves, but was broken during the streak.) Newcombe made his first serve on 6 of 8 break points, Smith on 11 of 13. Newcombe converted 4 of 13 break points, Smith 4 of 8. Smith did not earn any break points in Newcombe's first 9 service games. Newcombe was broken only during a bad patch late in the second set and through the third. During that run he lost his serve four out of five times -- twice from 30-love up. Overall he held in his first 10 service games and in his last 10. ACES, SERVICE WINNERS, DOUBLE FAULTS Newcombe had 9 clean aces and 5 double-faults. Smith had 6 clean aces (two on second serve) and 7 double-faults. He made two double-faults at 2-all in the fifth and was broken at love; those were the decisive errors of the match. Newcombe served 48 other unreturned serves, of which I judged 15 as service winners. Smith served 38 other unreturned serves, of which I judged 3 to be service winners. Breaking down the 48 return errors that Newcombe drew: - 10 FH, 38 BH - 34 first serves, 14 second serves Breaking down the 38 return errors that Smith drew: - 16 FH, 22 BH - 26 first serves, 12 second serves Winners and errors to follow in another post.