Will anyone match Rod Laver's feat?

Updated: June 12, 2012, 12:50 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

It was still dark outside when Rodney George Laver, as curious as the rest of us, awoke Monday morning.

He shut off the alarm, reached for the remote and turned on the television.

"Of course, I watched it," he said later, laughing. "What else am I going to do at that hour?"

Nine time zones away in Carlsbad, Calif., more than four decades' distance from the Parisian court he once commanded, The Rocket followed the flickering images intently. The 73-year-old ...

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