Defending tennis Champion Jimmy Connors and sixth-seed Arthur Ashe will play-off in the first all-American Wimbledon singles final for 28 years after contrasting semi-finals victories on Thursday (3 July).
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Ashe serves to Roche, rally & Ashe returns into net--first set point to Roche 7-5
SV Crowd applauds
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Ashe serves, rally, Roche fails to get half-volley and Ashe takes second set 6-4
GV PAN FROM Umpire TO Ashe serving for 3rd set point PAN TO crowd
GV Ashe serving during tie-breaker, Ashe volleys into net to lose 4th set PAN TO scoreboard
GV Ashe serves, rally, Roche returns into ??? Game, set and match to Ashe
SV Tanner serves to Connors, rally, Tanner volleys out of court. First set to Connors
SV PAN Scoreboard TO Connors serving, Tanner returns and Connors runs to baseline for winning backhand pase, leading 5-1 & 40-15 second set
SV Mrs. Connors watching from stand
GV Connors serves ace for second set point
SV Connors serves, Tanner returns into net. Game, set and match to Connors and players shake hands and leave court
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Background: Defending tennis Champion Jimmy Connors and sixth-seed Arthur Ashe will play-off in the first all-American Wimbledon singles final for 28 years after contrasting semi-finals victories on Thursday (3 July).
Connors, 22, thumped a merciless 6-4,6-1, 6-4 win over compatriot Roscoe Tanner, while Ashe emerged from three hours' unexceptional tennis against Australia's Tony Roche with a 5-7, 6-4 7-5, 8-9, 6-4 win.
Jack kramer beat Tom Brown in 1947 in the last all-American final.
Saturday's title play-off may have an added edge as Connors is sueing Ashe for something he wrote to other U.S. players about his rival.
If Connors can repeat the devastating form he showed against the 20-year-old Tanner, he must have an outstanding chance of becoming the first man since Chuck McKinley in 1963 to win the Wimbledon crown without dropping a set. He has six straight-sets victories behind him in the championships and took just 75 minutes to destroy Tanner with an awesome display of power and aggression. In winning his semi-final, Ashe served than the Australian and hit some sparking backhand winners to compensate for some indifferent forehand play. For Roche, the 16th seed, it was the end of a brave run that was made possible only by a late change of mind when his doubles partner John New combe withdrew from the tournament because of injury. He was going to pull out himself, but at the last minute decided to stay in.