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    The Italian Open Tennis Championships started in Rome on Sunday (23 May) with a match between the top seed, Guillermo Vilas from Argentina, and Victor Amaya of the United States.

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    The Italian Open Tennis Championships started in Rome on Sunday (23 May) with a match between the top seed, Guillermo Vilas from Argentina, and Victor Amaya of the United States. Vilas won 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

    Vilas took the first set easily, but he seemed to lose his concentration in the second. Amaya, a left-hander from Holland in Michigan, took the second 6-1 without too much trouble.

    It was a best-of-three match and everything depended on the last set. The loss of the second helped Vilas to regain his composure and he quickly broke Amaya's serve.

    Most of the play took place from the base lines, with both players trying to make the other do all the running. But it was the Argentinian's experience that paid off. His long passing shots and deep back-handed volleys helped to take the final set and the match 6-1.

    The marathon baseline rallies that marked the match were similar to a World Championship game between Vilas and the young Swede, Bjorn Borg, earlier this month. Vilas lost his concentration then as well, after taking the first set. However, he didn't retrieve it in that game and Borg took the 50,000 US dollars (GBP 27,700 sterling) prize money.

    His main opponents in the Italian Open will be Vitas Gerulaitus, Roscoe Tanner and Eddie Dibbs. The latter took the West German title for the third time this month.

    SYNOPSIS: The Italian Open Tennis Championships started in Rome on Sunday with a match between the top seed, Guillermo Vilas, from the Argentine, and Victor Amaya of the United States. Vilas came to the competition after winning the Commercial Union Grand Prix for the second year running.

    Vilas took the first set easily, but seemed to lose his concentration in the second. The Argentinian's return volleys were strong, but it was the left handed Amaya who pulled away. He broke Vilas' service, and took the set 6-1.

    The marathon baseline rallies that marked the match were similar to a World Championship game earlier this month between Vilas and the Swede, Bjorn Borg. Vilas lost his concentration in that match too and it cost him the title. But he was determined not to repeat the mistake in Rome.

    With the players at one set all, the real test came in the third. Amaya fought hard, but could only take one game. Vilas's long passing shots and deep back-handed volleys gradually wore the American down.

    Amaya managed to pull back the odd point with a high drop shot or cross court volley, but it was Vilas who took the set to win the match 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6HJAROXVUIX3YD3ID1UI59MRY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6HJAROXVUIX3YD3ID1UI59MRY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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