The United States went out of the Davis Cup on Sunday (9 March) when Guillermo Vilas beat their number one player, John McEnroe.
TV John McEnroe of the United States (nearest the camera in dark shorts) serving in the third set to Guillermo vilas of Argentina (dark shirt at far end). McEnroe loses set after a short rally when ball hit into net.
TV McEnroe serving (from far end) and winning fourth set when Vilas puts the ball out of court after an overhead smash by McEnroe.
LV Score board at sets all
TV PAN FROM Crowd TO Play in progress with Vilas (nearest camera) winning a long base line rally with a fore-hand passing shot when McEnroe approaches the net
TV Rally in progress ZOOM INTO McEnroe disputing a line call
CU Officials inspecting line where ball landed, crowd whistle and jeer (2 shots)
TV match point with McEnroe (nearest camera) serves and Vilas wins the match with a fore-hand passing shot down the line
TV ZOOM INTO CU Vilas dances with joy and is mobbed by his supporters who rush onto court
TV PAN from cheering crowd to Vilas being carried on person's shoulders from the court.
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Background: The United States went out of the Davis Cup on Sunday (9 March) when Guillermo Vilas beat their number one player, John McEnroe. The win gives Argentina an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the American Zone final. Vilas defeated McEnroe 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a battle lasting 5 1/4 hours.
SYNOPSIS: John McEnroe, nearest the camera in dark shorts, serves in the third set to Guillermo Vilas. McEnroe lost this set six-three after a short rally in the final game.
McEnroe seemed to be getting on top when Vilas hit a bad patch to lose the fourth set.
McEnroe had settled down to a strong all-round game only to find the inspired Agentine passing him, wrong-footing and lobbing him.
McEnroe showed some of his well known temperament when he disputed a line call and got a noisy reception from the crowd.
Now its match point with McEnroe (nearest camera) serving... and Vilas wins the match with an unbeatable passing shot.
A triumphant Vilas had broken back twice to win the match in the midst of almost unbearable tension. Argentina beat the United States -- 26 times the winner of the Davis Cup trophy -- three years ago but few people expected them to repeat that victory against an American team which included top player McEnroe.