Britain's famed Wimbledon Tennis Championships opened today (Monday). And the newly introduced tie-break system soon?
Britain's famed Wimbledon Tennis Championships opened today (Monday). And the newly introduced tie-break system soon accounted for one of the old campaigners, Australian Tony Roche, who was beaten 9 - 7, 4 - 6, 8 - 6, 9 - 8 by American Charlie Pasarell.
Our coverage centres on the controversial tie-break system, which came into operation when the fourth set, having gone with service, reached 8-8. Both players alternately seized the advantage as they, struggled for the two-point clear lead that would give them the set. Pasarell finally won through-and it proved match point for him as well.
SYNOPSIS: Charlie Pasarell serving against Tony Roche at Britain's famed Wimbledon championships on Monday. At eight-games-all in the fourth set, the new tie break system was introduced. At Wimbledon, the set goes to the first man to reach seven points or more with a clear two-point lead.
The Australian Roche serving to level the tie at three-points-all. It was vital for Roche to win the tie-break, as he was already trailing by two sets to one.
Roche serves again.....A winning smash gives him a 43 lead. The Australian had been runner-up at Wimbledon three years ago.
But the mobile Pasarell was playing some great tennis. And he was soon back on equal terms, levelling the tie-break at six-all.
The service still with Pasarell... and he takes a vital seven-six lead. One more point will give him not only the set, but the match, as well.
Match point. Tensely, Pasarell waits to receive Roche's service. The powerful Australian has been plagued with injury and has played little tennis recently. And it shows in his tentative approach to this vital game.
So the American, Pasarell, wins his two-point clear lead in the tie-break -- and the match into the bargain. The final score, nine-seven, four-six, eight-six, nine-eight.