Irascible Gonzalez's resolve to win came at a price

Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez epitomized power, pinpoint accuracy and vengeance on the court. But a persistent struggle for recognition, personal struggles and discrimination left one of the most influential players of his era with a legacy of rage and defiance.

Updated: September 26, 2008, 5:17 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

The best way to determine where a tennis player stands in history is to take into account such factors as performance, dominance and longevity. Questions related to Grand Slam titles, years finished No. 1 and duration of success all enter the picture.

Then there's another question that aficionados love to pose: Whom would you want to have playing for your life?

The answer is often Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez. Graced with a perfect tennis body -- Gonzalez stood ...

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