With a 3 to nil lead in the Davis Cup behind them, and with only two more singles matches to come, the United States were in an invincible position in this year's international tennis tournament.
With a 3 to nil lead in the Davis Cup behind them, and with only two more singles matches to come, the United States were in an invincible position in this year's international tennis tournament. At Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday (August 29) two American stars, Arthur Ashe and Cliff Richey beat their West German opponents in straight sets. Ashe beat Wilhelm Bungert 6-2, 10-8, 6-2, and Richey had an easy win over Christian Kuhnke 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
For the Germans the two singles victories by the Americans, followed by a U.S. doubles win was a bitter disappointment.
The German team, after sweeping past Denmark, Egypt, Belgium, Russia, India and Spain in the inter-zone competition, proved to be the easiest opponents the America's had ever had to meet in defence of the Cup.
In the Ashe Bungert match it was only in the second set that the German sporting goods dealer from Dusseldorf was able to hold Ashe. But even the gallant effort came to an end with a 10-8 win to the American. Ashe was in sparkling form to take the other two sets 6-2, 6-2.
Richey was in devastating form his contest against Kuhnke, a Cologne Lawyer. The American's service was fast, accurate and very hard.
Before a capacity crowd at the Harold T. Clark Stadium, Richey made easy work of his straight sets win, taking match point with a fine ace.
With only two singles matches left to be played on Monday ( 31 August ) in which nothing but national pride is at stake, Richey plays Bungert and Ashe meets Kuhnke.