Incredible match, indeed! I was rooting for Ken, but thought for sure he would lose that tie breaker. Those returns of his were like a blur but so stunning. Ken, at 37, was indeed exhausted and could barely lift the trophy. No doubt it was one of the greatest wins over Laver in his career, but as Bud Collins said, Rod might dominate Ken in the smalller tournaments but Ken would usually win the big events. I, like many others, became totally hooked on tennis that day. I did not see the match the year before, in which Ken won in 4 close sets.
It really was an amazing match & I don't think you were the only person to take up tennis after this "magnificent" match. What made this match so memorable was that "both" players were playing an incredibly high standard of tennis that day which I have never seen since. I do remember after the final point there was a moment of complete silence from the crowd as they were "stunned" at what they had just witnessed & then eventually the crowd applauded both players for their efforts. Ken was indeed completely exhausted after this match & it's rumored he left his winners check behind because of this. Cheers !