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Acknowledgments. Foreword ( Tracy Austin ). Introduction: July 5, 1980. Part One: WIMBLEDON. 1 Taming a Passionate Spirit. 2 A Losing Set Is Not So Much after All. 3 "A Little Boy or a Midget in Disguise?" 4 Better Call a Cab. 5 Th e Sport's First Rock Star. 6 "I Can Do Anything with a Tennis Ball". 7 France to Stanford. 8 A Four-Hour Match. 9 "Borg Is Borg". 10 The Battle Begins. 11 To the Ends of the Earth. 12 Both Still Alive. 13 In Search of the True Genius. 14 The War of 18-16. 15 "A Notch above Son of Sam". 16 Love and Sets. 17 Th e Genius Tested in London. 18 True Nature. 19 "Something in Me Wilted". 20 Living the Moments. Part Two: THE U.S. OPEN. 21 Rock of Gibraltar. 22 The Cowboy Bucks Up. 23 "I Didn't Know What Was Happening". 24 The North Star of Vitas. 25 Willing and Able. 26 Among the Bad Actors. 27 Frozen in Time. 28 "You Are Not Going to See a Tougher One". 29 "Poetry Written on Water". Epilogue: Th e End of a Great Rivalry. Bibliography. Index.

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Matthew Cronin is the main tennis columnist for Fox Sports and a senior writer for Inside Tennis magazine. He contributes regularly to Reuters and and appears fre-quently as a tennis analyst on radio and television stations throughout the United States and abroad. He is the main writer for, the award-winning, second-largest pro tennis site in the United States, and is a radio analyst at all the Grand Slams: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.


'... Cronin's book is well researched' . (, June 2011).

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