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    AUSTRALIAN ROD LAVER BECAME WIMBLEDON'S FIRST OPEN CHAMPION TODAY BY DEFEATING FELLOW-AUSTRALIAN TONY ROCHE IN THE MEN'S SINGLES FINAL.

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    VARIOUS STAGES IN LAVER'S PLAY; CROWDS; LAVER RECEIVING TROPHY FROM PRINCESS MARINA. (NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT).




    Initials EH/V/MR/PF


    SPORT: TENNIS

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    Background: AUSTRALIAN ROD LAVER BECAME WIMBLEDON'S FIRST OPEN CHAMPION TODAY BY DEFEATING FELLOW-AUSTRALIAN TONY ROCHE IN THE MEN'S SINGLES FINAL. HE WON BY 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 TO TAKE THE GBP2,000 FIRST PRIZE IN THE WORLD'S GREATEST TENNIS TOURNAMENT.

    ROD LAVER WAS THE PRE-TOURNAMENT FAVOURITE.

    ROCHE - A LESS EXPERIENCED PLAYER - WON HIS FIRST THREE SERVICE GAMES TO LOVE WHEREAS LAVER CAME WITHIN A POINT OF CONCEDING HIS DELIVERY IN THE FIFTH GAME. BUT THE MENTAL STRESS WAS ON ROCHE, AND LAVER, WITH HIS FLAIR FOR STRIKING AT THE KEY MOMENT, PRESSED HOME HIS ATTACK IN THE EIGHTH GAME TO BREAK THROUGH FOR 5-3, WITH ROCHE DOUBLE-FAULTING WHEN 30-40.

    IT WAS MUCH THE SAME PATTERN IN THE SECOND SET, WITH ROCHE YIELDING SERVICE IN THE SEVENTH GAME TO 15, BUT IN THE THIRD SET LAVER CRASHED THROUGH IN THE OPENING GAME AND FROM THEN ON ROCHE COULD OFFER LITTLE MORE THAN TOKEN RESISTANCE.

    HAVING WON TODAY'S TROPHY - WHICH WAS HANDED TO HIM BY PRINCESS MARINA - LAVER HAS NOW ACHIEVED ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT TENNIS CAN OFFER AND RANKS AMONG THE ALL-TIME GREATS OF THE GAME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DD3KXIWFNQR8X55E1M8QQQOR
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DD3KXIWFNQR8X55E1M8QQQOR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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