Australia re-emerged into tennis prominence in Cleveland on Sunday (December 2) when victories by Rod Laver and John Newcombe gave them a clean sweep of the best-of-five Davis Cup Tennis Final.
GV Davis Cup banner
CU Davis Cup
Newcombe serves to Gorman, rally then Gorman hits ball into net
GV Newcombe serves to Gorman, rally, Newcombe smashes down baseline. Players walk to net and shake hands
Scoreboard 2-6, 1-6, 3-6
GV Players walk off
GV Smith ZOOM OUT TO Laver serving, rally, Laver hits ball beyond Smith's reach
CU Laver walks to line and serves. Fault. Second service Smith hits out of court
GV Smith serves, after rally Smith hits ball out of court
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SPORT - TENNIS
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Background: Australia re-emerged into tennis prominence in Cleveland on Sunday (December 2) when victories by Rod Laver and John Newcombe gave them a clean sweep of the best-of-five Davis Cup Tennis Final.
America had held the Cup for five successive years since taking it from Australia in 1967. But this year it was a return to form with a vengeance by Australia.
On the final day, with Australia already leading three nil, John Newcombe gave their aspirations a further fillet when he beat Tom Gorman 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.
Then it was ??? to 35 years old Rod Laver, pitted against 26 years old Stan Smith. To the delight of the crowd of over five thousand -- the largest of the three days of this first-ever indoors Davis Cup final-- his consummate artistry overwhelmed Smith whose serve was less effective then usual and whose erratic net game also helped him.
The duel between the two lasted for two hours twenty one minutes. It began with Lave taking the first two sets 6-3, 6-??? but then Smith broke Laver's service in the sixth and eighth games of the third set which he went on to win 6-3.
After a fifteen minute interval, however, Laver came back, regained the edge over Smith and clinched his victory by taking the set 6-2.