Australian Ken Rosewall beat his compatriot John Newcombe on Saturday (12 August) in the first semi-final of the men's singles in the U.
Australian Ken Rosewall beat his compatriot John Newcombe on Saturday (12 August) in the first semi-final of the men's singles in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills. Rosewall won 6-3. 6-4. 6-3.
On Sunday (13 September) he was due to meet another Australian Tony Roche, in the final. Roche won the other semi-final, beating Cliff Richey of the United States 6-2, 7-7, 6-1.
Rosewall was completely in command from the start, returning service with the accuracy and touch for which eh is famous. He made a service break at 5-3 to take the first set.
He showed no nerves despite the fact that it was Newcombe who robbed him of the Wimbledon title earlier in the year, beating him in the final in five sets.
He broke service again to reach 2-1 in the second set, and in the first an last games of the third.
The second semi-final was much closer than expected, with Cliff Richey of the United State taking on a powerful opponent in Roche, who had reached the semi-finals without meeting a seed.
It looked at first as if Roche, runner-up in the championship last year, would run away with it, since he took the first set 6-2.
But in the second set a tie-breaker point had to he played when the players finished 6 games all. Roche ultimately won the set 7-6.
It was only in the third set that the Australian's strength finally told. He finally won the set comfortably by five clear games to win 6-2, 7-6, 6-1.