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Tennis....and the Wimbledon champion, Bjorn Borg, had to combat both the heat and provocation of a frenzied crowd to win the men's final of the Italian Open Tennis Championships in Rome on Sunday (28 May). Borg of Sweden defeated the local champion Adriano Panatta in five sets in a three hour duel but the game was held up on three occasions while Borg protested against fans throwing coins on to the court.
SYNOPSIS: Panatta, serving here, had got through the semi-finals after his opponent Spain's Jose Higureas had walked from the court after two sets amid turbulent crowd scenes. Borg, who first won the Italian open in 1974, also had the crowd to contend with. Before the match the Italian Tennis Federation appealed to the 9,000 spectators for fair play and sportsmanship. Borg found his form in the third set after losing the first, 6-1 and took this point with a fine volley.
Rallies were often long and tense. However, Borge played the more attacking tennis, and his frequent bursts to the net were rewarded more an more as the game wore on. Panatta puts it into the net to give the Swede the third set 6-1.
Panatta came back in the fourth set to win 6-4. But his finishing was often astray and Borg shot to a 5-3 lead in the final set.
Matchpoint with the Italian Panatta fighting to hold service. He came forward on attack but his backhand volley went into the net to give Borg the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Borg, hit several times by coins thrown by spectators, said he had thought about retiring half-way through the game.