In the men's angles final of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) tournament in Rome, Italy, on Sunday (22 February), the top seed, Arthur Ashe of the United States, beat his fellow-American, Bob Lutz, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.
GV EXT Stadium
LV Scoreboard showing men's singles - Ashe v. Lutz (nearest camera)
GV Play starts Lutz serves and wins point. Lutz serves and loses second point (first set)
GV Lutz serves and loses point to Ashe who returns strong forehand drive down left-hand court
GV Ashe (nearest camera) serves and wins point
LV Scoreboard shows last game, third set, with Ashe leading 6-2, 0-6 5-3
LV Television crew
GV Lutz serves and loses point
LV Lutz serves and loses point and match. Players walk off and Ashe donates winning ball to ball boy
LV Scoreboard shows start of men's doubles final between Lutz and Smith v. Crealy and McMillan
GV play starting with Smith serving and winning point
LV Umpire and scoreboard showing start of last game in final set (6-7, 6-3, 5-4) to Smith and Lutz (2 shots)
LV PULL BACK TO GV Smith and Lutz on to court followed by TV camera (2 shots)
GV Lutz serves and wins match point. Players congratulate each other over net
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SPORT: INDOOR TENNIS
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Background: In the men's angles final of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) tournament in Rome, Italy, on Sunday (22 February), the top seed, Arthur Ashe of the United States, beat his fellow-American, Bob Lutz, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.
Though the final result was fairly decisive, it was a fluctuating match with Ashe blowing hot and cold. He nevertheless cruised effortlessly through the first set, with Lutz taking only two games off him.
But in the second set, the Wimbledon Champion found his game collapsing as the hard-hitting Lutz won Seven games in a row. Lutz took the set love-six.
For the third and final set Ashe pulled himself together, and managed to hold his own service in the second game of the set after four deuces. At 3-3 Ashe achieved the vital break with four splendid passing shots.
The win meant that She also collected the valuable first prize of 17,000 dollars (GBP8,500 sterling).
To reach the final Ashe had beaten Italy's Adriano Panatta with an effortless 6-3, 6-2 victory. Bob lutz reached the final after Dick Stockton scratched from the tournament because of a pulled muscle.
In the men's doubles final, Bob Lutz and Stan Smith (also of the United States) beat Dick Crealy of Australia and Frew McMillan of South Africa, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.