Australia had little trouble in beating the Italian challenge for the Davis Cup, Dec 26-27, in Sydney, and win the Davis Cup for tennis for the ninth time in eleven years.
GV. Fraser serves, rally, Fraser smashes.
GV. Sirola serves, rally, Sirola nets.
GV. Sirola serves, rally, Fraser passes, fifteen forty, Sirola serves, Sirola nets, shake hands, walk off.
GV. Pietrangeli serves in first set.
GV. Pietrangeli serves in first set, rally.
GV. Set point in first set - Pietrangeli serves (Laver wins 8-6).
GV. Scoreboard. (8-6).
GV. Laver serves (score 30-40) Pietrangeli outs with return - now deuce.
GV. Laver to Pietrangeli (advantage Italy) Laver tips bail over net.
GV. Laver to Pietrangeli - final point and walk off.
SCU. Laver and Pietrangeli.
SPORT: LAWN TENNIS
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Background: Australia had little trouble in beating the Italian challenge for the Davis Cup, Dec 26-27, in Sydney, and win the Davis Cup for tennis for the ninth time in eleven years. The Italian team of Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola never looked like the men who knocked the United States out of the Challenge Round. It was the first time since 1936 that a European country had managed to break into the United States-Australia dominated final.
Opening the play on Dec 26, Australia's Neale Fraser showed bad form against Sirola. With his backhand letting him down the Australian lost the first set four games to six. In the rest of the match he demonstrated a complete reversal of his early form and took the next two sets six games to three. It was during the last set that Fraser proved his command of the match. Stroking passing shots he often left the Italian standing yards from the ball. Again the score was six games to three giving the Australians the first match.
Italy's ace player Pietrangeli never looked like taking command of Rod Laver in the second singles. The wiry Australian was always ahead of Pietrangeli's scheming. Some of the Italian supporters in the huge crowd thought he had a chance after the first set went eight games to six to Layer. This however proved to be the only fighting set in the match. The left-handed Laver wore his opponents game down and took the next set six games to four.
In the final act Laver forced the Italian into several double faults. Pietrangeli could find no centre to the crashing service that Laver cracked over the net. The match ended with the set going to Laver six games to three.
When the teams met for the doubles, Dec 27, it was Australia all the way. They won the match ten-sight, five-seven, six-two, six-four. For Australian Emerson joined Fraser against the Italian pair.