Tennis: Numero Uno

The event was seeded as richly as Wimbledon's famed Center Court, and the first seed was naturally Australia's Roy Emerson. Splendid on grass, he is quite likely the best amateur tennis player in the world. Besides, he seemed to own Wimbledon; he had won the All-England men's singles title in 1964 and 1965, and his victory this year was something of a foregone conclusion.

The conclusion was hasty. As he breezed into the quarterfinal round without losing a set, Emerson took on his modestly talented countryman Owen Davidson. In the second set, Davidson...

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