• Short Summary

    Although American tennis star, Stan Smith, won the top title in last year's World Championship Tennis Tournament, he entered his first quarter-final match in this year's tournament at Dallas in Texas, with the odds heavily weighted against him.

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    Although American tennis star, Stan Smith, won the top title in last year's World Championship Tennis Tournament, he entered his first quarter-final match in this year's tournament at Dallas in Texas, with the odds heavily weighted against him. His opponent in the match - played on Wednesday (8 May) - was veteran Australian champion Rod Laver, who had won 17 of his last 18 matches.

    Nevertheless, Smith struck good form and survived to defend his title in the semi-finals by beating the Australian 6-7, 7-4, 6-4, 7-5. In the second match of the night, another Australian, John Newcombe, trounced Tom Okker of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

    On the following night (Thursday), 17-year-old Bjorn Borg of Sweden, provided one of the biggest upsets of the Government. He beat Arthur Ashe of the U.S.A 7-5, 6-4, 7-6, in front of a capacity crowd of almost nine thousand.

    During the evening the crowd gave a rough reception to the Rumanian star, Ilie Nastase, when he threw a tantrum on court in the third set of his third quarter-final match with Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia. With Kodes ready to serve, Nastase turned his back on Kodes and began arguing with a linesman. He returned to the base line, but then stopped again to continue the argument. Kodes finally won 7-6, 6-1, 7-5.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4SIP7X6Z4RUNDMNGDJGZIY2Q0
    Media URN:
    VLVA4SIP7X6Z4RUNDMNGDJGZIY2Q0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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