INTRODUCTION: Brian Gottfried of the United States and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina won their semi-final matches in the Men's Singles of the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Saturday (4 June).
French Open Tennis men's singles semi-finals GV: Brian Gottfried of USA serving to Phil Dent of Australia, and Gottfried hitting net after rally.
SV: Gottfried serving and Dent hitting wide after rally, NAD GV crowd watching. (2 shots)
GV: Gottfried serving and Dent hitting net after rally, losing game, set and match.
GV: Guillermo Vilas serving to Raul Ramirez, and Vilas taking point with forehand passing shot after rally.
GV: Vilas serving and taking point after rally, AND MV crowd watching. (2 shots)
GV: Ramirez serving and losing game, set and match after failing to return rally.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Brian Gottfried of the United States and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina won their semi-final matches in the Men's Singles of the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Saturday (4 June). Gottfreid beat Phil Dent of Australia 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 and Vilas overwhelmed Raul Ramirez of Mexico 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.
SYNOPSIS: Gottfreid serving to Dent early in the match.
But the gritty American finally lost the point.
Gottfried serving once more. He was raised on clay courts like these at the Roland Garros Stadium, but Dent is happier on his native grass surface.
Gottfried serving for match point. Dent, who was suffering from twisted wrist, could not put full power into his shots - a fatal handicap against such a confident and opponent who badly wanted to win a major championship. The score again - 7-5, 6-3, 7-5.
Villas serving to Ramirez, the man he'd beaten in their last seven matches. And the Mexican's lack of confidence showed right throughout the match.
Vilas moving the despairing Ramirez out of position to pass him comfortably.
Like most left-handers, Vilas put a lot of baffling spin on his serves and groundshots. Ramirez had no real idea how to cope with the Argentina's heavily to-spun shots.
Vilas was always the master.
Ramirez serving with match point against him. For him the match had been a nightmare of constant errors, many of them unforced. This was one match he'll prefer to forget, because Vilas out-played him in every aspect.