Tennis...and three-times Wimbledon champion John newcombe is bowing out in fine style in what he?
GV John Newcombe (far court) serving to Jimmy Connors, rally, fine Connors return, Newcombe winner, Connors heads ball across net, Newcombe punt kicks it back. (4 SHOTS)
GV Connors awaits Newcombe service, rally, Newcombe overhead smash hits netcord, bounces safely for him, Newcombe drops on knees and prays. (3 SHOTS)
GV Match point: Newcombe serves, exchange of shots, Connors lob lands in; he walks away unaware he has won match, goes to net for handshake, players walk off. (5 SHOTS)
WARREN: "Quarter-finals tomorrow night are Terry Rocavert and Geoff Masters and Ken Rosewall and Phil Dent. this is good tennis now...oh, what a return...what a great return...tremendous rally of tennis. Headed back over the net, and kicked by Newcombe. It's a goal.
"Oh, yes, it's in.
"There it is. I think he doesn't realise it's the end of the match. He has turned his back to play another point. And so, Jimmy Connors keeps his record intact. That's six sets in a row in this tournament, and eleven sets in a row in last year's tournament. That's seventeen in a row. Still to lose a set on this surface."
COMMENTATOR: RAY WARREN
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Background: Tennis...and three-times Wimbledon champion John newcombe is bowing out in fine style in what he says is his last active season. On Friday (20 October), he thrilled a home-town crowd in Sydney with courageous tennis against defending champion Jimmy Connors of the United States in their quarter-final of the Australian indoor titles. Connors won a two-hour match of brilliant rallies six-four, seven-six. Ray Warren of Sydney's Channel Ten describes the action.