Tennis-and American Jimmy Connors beat 42-year-old Australian Ken Rosewall 7-5 6-4 6-2 in an epic two-hour final of the Australian Indoor Tennis Championships on Sunday (23 October).
Tennis-and American Jimmy Connors beat 42-year-old Australian Ken Rosewall 7-5 6-4 6-2 in an epic two-hour final of the Australian Indoor Tennis Championships on Sunday (23 October). The 25-year-old Connors collected 21, 785 US dollars after one of the finest matches in the history of the tournament.
SYNOPSIS: Rosewall celebrates his 43rd birthday soon. He pushed Connors hard but he failed to improve his record against the young American. The pair have clashed seven times-and only once has the Australian emerged the winner.
Connors serving-it was this kind of form that had Rosewall in trouble many times in the first two sets, and it was clearly a case of the younger, fitter player having the advantage.
In the third set, Connors was leading 5-2 after winning the first two. Rosewall says Connors is the greatest players he has ever met-and the young American was working hard at living up to his image.
Match point-and Connors serving. He says he hopes he will still be fit enough to walk around at Rosewall's age, let alone chase lobs and volleys. Rosewall later conceded he had his opportunities to win, but failed to take them-and this was how it ended.
In the Doubles, John Newcombe and Tony Roche bounced back to win the title after losing the first set. They beat Wimbledon champions Ross Case and Geoff Masters 6-7 6-3 6-1 in an all-Australian final.