Top seed Guillermo Vilas of Argentina won the Argentine Open Tennis Championships for the fifth successive year when he beat Chile's Jaime Fillol in four sets in Buenos Aires on Monday (28 November).
TV: Guillermo Vilas serving in first set to Jaime Fillol and loses point, putting ball out.
SV & TV: Crowd watch as Vilas serves and wins point to take first set, when Fillol puts ball out. (TWO SHOTS)
LV: Scoreboard 6-2 to Vilas
TV: Vilas serves and Fillol wins with cross-court drive, as Vilas is wrong-footed at the net.
SV & TV: Crowd watch as Vilas serves, and takes second set when Fillol nets.
SV: Scoreboard 6-2, 7-5 to Vilas.
TV: Playing in final set, Vilas serves, baseline rally, Fillol comes to the net and is passed down the line.
SV & TV: Crows watching at match point. Vilas nearest camera serves. Baseline rally, Fillol comes to the net and Vilas lobs him. Players shake hands, surrounded by ball boys.
Vilas later teamed up with Ion Tiriac of Rumania to take the men's doubles title. They beat Ricardo Cano (Argentina) and Ricardo Muniz (Spain) 6-4, 6-0.
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Background: Top seed Guillermo Vilas of Argentina won the Argentine Open Tennis Championships for the fifth successive year when he beat Chile's Jaime Fillol in four sets in Buenos Aires on Monday (28 November). Vilas, a brilliant winner of this year's United States Open, won 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
SYNOPSIS: The long-haired Argentinean, serving at the far end, has a magnificent record playing on clay. He dropped this point, but made few other unforced errors.
Vilas served again, this time for the first set... Fillol put it out and the Argentinean was on his way to yet another title.
Fillol took only two games in the opening set, but in the second he put Vilas under pressure. His drives were more confident, and this time Vilas was beautifully wrong-footed.
At one stage Vilas was trailing 4-0 in the second set, but Fillol let him off the hook. Vilas, conqueror of Chile's Hans Gildemeister in the semi-finals, fought back magnificently, and levelled at 5-5. Fillol then dropped his serve, and this netted shot gave Vilas the set 7-5.
Fillol rallied superbly to take the third set 6-3, but in the fourth, Vilas, a comfortable leader in the international grand prix table, got back on top. Fillol tried hard to upset his rhythm, but was again passed at the net.
By this stage Vilas was playing with tremendous confidence. His serves were deep and accurate, and whenever Fillol came to the net he was invariably passed. The Chilean battled gallantly to square the match, but with the score at 5-3 another fine lob gave Vilas the title.