West Germany took a vital 2-0 lead in the inter-zone Davis Cup tennis semi-final against India yesterday (Saturday).
West Germany took a vital 2-0 lead in the inter-zone Davis Cup tennis semi-final against India yesterday (Saturday). In the opening singles matches at Poona, India, the Germans Christian Kuhnke and Wilhelm Bungert both cruised through to straight set victories against the Indians Premjit Lal and Jaideep Mukherjea.
The 31-year-old Bungert's powerful service and strong attacking tennis proved too much for Mukherjea. The Indian's service, by contrast, was often vulnerable and he was never able to strike the form which enabled him to overcome Bungert in four sets in New Delhi four years ago.
So Bungert, the West German number one and a Wimbledon finalist three years ago, gained ample revenge for the 1966 defeat with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 victory.
In the second singles match, Christian Kuhnke was never seriously extended against Premjit Lal and won 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Later, when the four players met in the doubles, Bungert and Kuhnke gave West Germany a winning three-match lead in the semi-finals with a four-set victory over the Indians.