Australian tennis player, Phil Dent, had a bad time in his singles matches at the Aetna World Cup against the United States.
Australian tennis player, Phil Dent, had a bad time in his singles matches at the Aetna World Cup against the United States. On Friday (9 March) Brian Gottfried of the U.S. beat him in straight sets. And, the following night, Arthur Ashe repeated the dose.
SYNOPSIS: Here is Gottfried serving to Dent, who has had much more success as a doubles player in top-level tennis. With their much stronger team, the Americans were cruising towards a win that would bring them level with Australia -- five tournaments after ten annual clashes. Dent was being outclassed.
Gottfried had won the first set six-one, and serves now at five-four to clinch the match, Dent puts a backhand out of court and it's all over.
The next night and Dent is back to take more punishment -- this time from Arthur Ashe, who had previously shipped Australia's John Alexander. Ashe wins the point at it's one-all in the second set.
Dent's services cannot get him back into the match with the confident Ashe attacking the net and placing his powerful strokes accurately. By contrast, Dent's game was full of errors.
Event at peak form, Dent is not in the same league as Ashe, one of America's finest players of the last decade. Leading four-one, Ashe is only moments from victory.
Dent serves again, but cannot shake free from Ashe, who wins the point for deuce.
Match point, and Ashe is ready for the kill. Dent hits a forehand over the baseline and has been crushed six-four, six-one.