In an exhausting three-and-a-half hour final, veteran Australian tennis star Ken Rosewall retainer the World Professional Tennis Championship with a five-set victory over compatriot Rod Laver in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.
CU Laver with caption showing him leading five points to three in tiebreaker
TV Rosewall serves and wins point making it five points to four (3 shots)
CU & TV Laver serves and loses point (3 shots) making it five points a piece
CU & TV Laver serves and loses point making five points to six (3 shots)
TV Slow-motion replay of last point showing Rosewall winning point with back-hand.
CU Rosewall preparing to serve for match point (3 shots)
TV Rosewall serving let before serving and winning match point
CU Players shake hands at net
LV & CU Rosewall walks onto rostrum and crowd applauds(4 shots)
SV Rosewall receives trophy from Mrs. Cox
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Background: In an exhausting three-and-a-half hour final, veteran Australian tennis star Ken Rosewall retainer the World Professional Tennis Championship with a five-set victory over compatriot Rod Laver in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.
Rosewall -- who won in four-sets against laver last year -- pulled up from the brink of defeat to retain his title. When the tie-breaker came into operation during the final set, Laver needed just a couple of points for victory. But Rosswall, playing Superbly, took four straight point to scraps home 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.
Our coverage concentrates on those final crucial points. There's usable natural sound over the last 40 feet only, during which Rosewall received his trophy -- and a 50,000 dollars (GBP19,600 sterling) cheque -- to the accompaniment of a thunderous ovation from the crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Rod Laver met Follow-Australian Ken Rosewall in the final of the World Professional Tennis Championship, held in Texas on Sunday.
Rosewall serving, and in desperate need of points in the final set. With the score standing at six-games all, the tie-break system came into operation. Laver raced to a five-three load. Rosewall, who had earlier dropped a match point, now had his back to the wall. But her he managed to save a point and pulled back to five-four.
This left Laver with two services to come. If he won them both, he'd clinch the match after three-hours thirty-minutes of hard-fought tennis. But Rosewall, with a brilliant return of service, saved the first point to make it five points all.
Laver server again....And Rosewall produces another brilliant return to pass him down the line. Rosewall leading six-five and now with his second match point.
Here's that last point again in slow motion. Rosswall at thirty-seven, drawing on all his experience to hang onto his title.
Rosswall to serve at match point. Earlier, he'd lost the first set four-six, won the next two six-loves, six-three, and lost the fourth six-seven.
The tension increased s Rosswall started by serving a lot....But his service did not fail him and laver could only return the ball backhand into the net. For the second year running, Ken Rosswall was World Professional Tennis Champion.
Rosswall stopped up to receive his impressive trophy. together with a cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars. Though exhausted during the final stages of the match, he showed superb ball control and technique to beat top-seeded laver. Laver's consolation prize was an award of twenty-thousand dollars. But the glory all belonged to Rosswall, the veteran Little master of the world tennis circuit.