Tennis - and Argentina has beaten Chile by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Davis Cup South American Zone finals in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tennis - and Argentina has beaten Chile by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Davis Cup South American Zone finals in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina took a one-match lead on the first day's play, held the lead with a tie on the second day, and took their unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series on the third day.
SYNOPSIS: In the second day's play, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina met Chile's Jaime Fillol for the singles, resuming their match abandoned the previous evening because of poor light. Vilas was leading 8-6, 3-6, 6-2, when the match resumed on Saturday (19 March) and they tied 1-1 in the final set. It was Vilas' serve and after a long rally, he caught Fillol out of position and returned the ball on the base line.
It was match point for Vilas, but the young Chilean put up a valiant effort. Once again ti was Vilas' serve and after another long, tense rally, Fillol lobbed - but it went over the base line. Game, set and match to Vilas - 8-6. 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
With Argentina now holding a two-nil lead, Chile began to put on the pressure in the doubles with Fillol and Patricio Cornejo. Vilas was partnered by Elio Alvarez.
The Chileans exhibited a great deal of skill, keeping Vilas and Alvarez on their toes throughout the match. Fillol and cornejo comfortably won the first set 6-3. But it was in the second that they put on the pressure - defeating the home team six-nil.
Fillol serving for match point-to win game, set and match 6-3, 6-0, 10-8.