Davis Cup Tennis-and Australia marched through to the semi-finals when they took a three-nil lead over New Zealand at the Memorial Courts in Adelaide, South Australia.
Davis Cup Tennis-and Australia marched through to the semi-finals when they took a three-nil lead over New Zealand at the Memorial Courts in Adelaide, South Australia. In the doubles match on Saturday (25 February), Tony Roche and John Alexander beat New Zealanders Chris Lewis and Brian Fairlie 6-4, 6-4, 12-14, 4-6, 6-1. This followed their individual victories the previous day, when Alexander beat Fairlie in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; and Roche triumphed over Lewis 13-11, 6-3, 6-2.
SYNOPSIS: Chiris Lewis-serving here to tony Roche-played some deft winning shots. But the 32-year-old left-hander, Roche, struck back with brilliant counter-attacks.
The first set was 80 minutes of sparkling tennis, with the balance swinging one way and then the other.
But the Australian finally took the match with a backhand passing shot, adding lustre to an already distinguished Davis Cup career.
In the other singles match on the first day, Fairlie serves to Alexander. Fairlie was disappointing for such an experienced player, though he had his moments. Early on, Alexander helped him through being slow to develop touch with his ground strokes.
Alexander's great strength lay in his red-hot serving. He blasted down 13 aces, and wrapped up the match in under two hours.