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Forty-one years ago this week, in an opening Davis Cup match, Maurice McLoughlin (above), for the U.S., edged out Norman Brookes of Australia in one of tennis history's most memorable sets. Brookes, the veteran master, battled the young California Comet for 32 grueling games, the lead shifting back and forth until the American redhead finally won 17-15. The record crowd saw more tennis in one set than in a whole match, and the victory eased their pain at the final U.S. defeat, 3-2.