French Open 1966
Tony Roche came from the tiny Australian village of Tarcutta, the son of a local butcher. Roche had a great swinging left handed serve and one of the best backhand volleys of all time. He would hustle to the net whenever possible. He was a great doubles player winning 13 Grand Slam doubles titles. Roche made his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open in 1963, where he lost in round one. At the 1965 Australian Roche lost to Fred Stolle in the semis. At the French he beat Emerson in the semis before losing in four sets to Stolle in the final. At the 1966 French Open Roche sprained his ankle in a doubles match, which meant he was a doubtful starter for the final. The committee gave him an extra day to recover. Despite his injury, Roche was far too strong for Istvan Gulyas. He won in straight sets to take his first Grand Slam title. At the 1967 Australian Roche lost in five long sets to Emerson in the semis. At the French Roche lost in four sets to Emerson in the final. At Wimbledon ‘68 Roche beat Ken Rosewall in straight sets in the fourth round, but lost easily to Rod Laver in the final. At the 1969 Australian Open Roche beat John Newcombe from two sets to one down in the quarters before losing in five sets to Laver in the semis. At the French Roche lost in straight sets to Rosewall in the semis. At Wimbledon he lost in four sets to Newcombe in the semis. At the US Open Roche beat Newcombe 8-6 in the fifth set in the semis before losing in four sets to Laver in the final. At the 1970 US Open Roche lost in four sets in the final to Rosewall. After three years off the tour with a shoulder injury, Roche returned to the tour in 1974. In the semis of the 1975 Australian Open Roche led 5-2 in the fifth set against Newcombe and four times stood at match point before Newcombe won the set and match 11-9. At Wimbledon Roche beat Rosewall before losing in five sets to Ashe in the semis. He made his final Grand Slam appearance at the Australian in 1979, losing in five sets in the third round to Colin Dibley. After retiring Roche coached Ivan Lendl, Pat Rafter and Roger Federer to several Grand Slam titles. He was also the coach of the Australian Davis Cup team for several years.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Anderson 1-0, A.Ashe 1-2, R.Emerson 1-4, P.Gonzales 1-1, J.Kodes 2-0, R.Laver 0-3, J.Newcombe 2-3, A.Olmedo 1-0, M.Orantes 0-1, R.Osuna 0-1, N.Pietrangeli 1-0, K.Rosewall 2-3, M.Santana 0-1, S.Smith 1-0, F.Stolle 0-2, R.Tanner 0-1, G.Vilas 0-2
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