Sport: Triumph for the Old Man

It was just as if Willie Mays had hit two game-winning home runs off Mickey Lolich in the World Series. Or George Blanda had outplayed Roger Staubach in back-to-back Super Bowls. Or Sammy Snead had beaten Jack Nicklaus in successive play-offs for the Masters. Last week, at 37, for the second year in a row, Ken Rosewall won the world championship of professional tennis. Once again, he did it by defeating the most formidable opponent possible, Rod ("The Rocket") Laver.

The match, held in Dallas, was more than a personal and profitable triumph for...

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