• Short Summary

    The two "grand old men" of Australian tennis took their country into the lead in the Davis Cup semi-final against Czechoslovakia in Melbourne on Saturday (November 17th).

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    The two "grand old men" of Australian tennis took their country into the lead in the Davis Cup semi-final against Czechoslovakia in Melbourne on Saturday (November 17th).

    Ken Rosewall, aged 39, and Rod Laver, aged 55, withstood the strain of a four-set doubles match, and beat Jan Kodes and Vladimir Zeknik 6-4, 14-12, 7-9, 8-6. The win put Australia up 2 to 1, and answered a comment by the Czechoslovak captain, that the Australian team was full of big but old names.

    It was Rosewall's first Davis Cup match in 17 years. But the strain of the long match showed only once, when he dropped his service. The two diminutive Australians were matched against the formidable 6 feet-four-inch Zednik, aged 26, and the 27 year-old Wimbledon champion, Kodes.

    Rod Laver clinched the Davis Cup semi final for Australia the next day with a five-set victory over Czechoslovakia's Jiri Hrebee at Melbourne's Kooyong Courts.

    Australia play the United States in the final at Cleveland Ohio on November 30th.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7NDCBC3XSFJO6X6U4Y20B98O2
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NDCBC3XSFJO6X6U4Y20B98O2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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