Arthur Ashe of the United States won his way into the third round of the Men's singles of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Friday (June 28) when he crushed the Soviet number two Teimuraz Kakulia in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
GV Ashe serves in second set (score standing at 4-4) Ashe wins points.
SV Kakulia waiting for service and Asha wins point after fierce rally. (40 - love)
SV PULL OUT TO GV Ashe serves and wins game. (5-4)
GV Ashe serves from far end. Plays a fault and wins point on second service. (Score 40-love in third set)
GV Ashe serves and Kakulia saves point with superb cross court smash. (40-15)
GV Ashe serves and loses point. (40-30)
GV Ashe serving Kakulia's return goes out giving Ashe the match. Players walk off court. Scoreboard.
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Background: Arthur Ashe of the United States won his way into the third round of the Men's singles of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Friday (June 28) when he crushed the Soviet number two Teimuraz Kakulia in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
Ashe, seeded number eight in this yea's championships, lost little time in turning his overnight score of 6-1, 4-4 into victory.
The game had been interrupted by rain on Thursday evening (June 27) and the game was held up for a further 55 minutes on Friday before the slender black American broke service in the first game and clinched the second set in only five minutes.
The third set went with service until Ashe led 4-3. The decisive break came in the eighth game when Ashe took the game to love to give him a 5-3 lead.
On his own service Ashe, a former U.S. Open champion, raced to 40-0 and then hammered in a forehand cross-court volley that looked like the match winner.
But Kakulia raced across and got in a forehand return that kept him in the match. Unsettled, Ashe hit a volley into the net but then Kakulia saw his forehand return kick off the netcord and out to give Ashe the match.
Afterwards Ashe commented: "It was a bit slippery out there but I'm still in the tournament and that's what matters."
So far, the tournament schedule is 130 games behind because of the rain, and play will now start one hour earlier each day.
SYNOPSIS: Black American Arthur Ashe resumes his second round Wimbledon singles match against the Soviet number two Teimuraz Kakulia on Friday.
Rain interrupted the match on Thursday when Ashe was leading 6-1, and 4 all. When the match got under way again, Ashe didn't give his opponent a chance.
With ferocious serves and sharp volleys the former U.S. champion took only five minutes to take the second set 6-4.
The third set went with service until Ashe, the Wimbledon number eight seed, got the decisive break for a 5-3 lead. He then served his way to 40-love.
Ashe serves with three match points and hits what looks a winner. But Kakulia brilliantly keeps himself in the match.
Unsettled, Ashe dropped the second of his three match points.
At the third attempt the slender American forced his way into the third round with a straight sets victory.
The Ashe-Kakulia encounter was just one of dozens hit by rain. The tournament is one hundred and thirty matches behind scheduled and start of play will be brought forwards to catch up.