Main attractions Jimmy Connors of the United States and Ilie Nastase of Rumania both sailed through to the quarter-finals of Britain's Dewar Cur indoor tennis title after easy third round victories on Wednesday (12 November).
Main attractions Jimmy Connors of the United States and Ilie Nastase of Rumania both sailed through to the quarter-finals of Britain's Dewar Cur indoor tennis title after easy third round victories on Wednesday (12 November). They won their games in Edinburgh but the quarter-finals and the rest of the competition will be played in London's Albert Hall.
Connors, who has been stretched only in one set in his first round match against Poland's Wojciech Fibak, beat West German Karl Meiler 6-2, 6-1. His generally aggressive play and speed up to the net forced the West German into too many errors. Connors plays South Africa's Bernie Mitton in the quarterfinals .
Nastase gave one demonstration of his renowned volatile behavior when he slammed a ball angrily into the back wall of the court after his opponent Egyptian Ismael E1 Shafei had broken his service. But E1 Shafei was not to win another game. Then down 2-3, he lost the next three games in a row to lose the first set 2-6. E1 Shafei then retired with an arm injury after losing the first three games of the last set -- leaving Nastase to shake hands over the net with the ball boys. Nastase is drawn against unseeded Haroon Rahim of Pakistan in his semi-final.
Top seeded American Arthur Ashe however, who won the Wimbledon title the last time he came to London, also eased through to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over fellow American Fred McNair.
SYNOPSIS: Tennis ...the third round of britain's Dewar Cup indoor title in Edinburgh, Scotland, Jimmy Connors of the United States on the left versus Karl Meiler of West Germany. Connors -- one of the main attractions for the crowd -- was out for a quick win.
Connors having swept through the first set six-two, serving for the match at five-one up in the second set.
Meiler maintained the rally until Connors put pressure on him by coming aggressively up to the net. Match to Connors six-two, six-one.
One of the other players the crowd had particularly come to see was Rumania's Ilie Nastase on the right He was playing Egypt's Ismael E1 Shafei.
By the fifth game Nastase had already broken E1 Shafei's serve to go three-one up, but helped by a little luck E1 Shafei was threatening to break Nastase's serve.
Nastase had to win this point to hold his serve, but he was unable to do it which caused him to display some of his renowned volatile behavior.
Nastase made sure he didn't lose another game. He then won three games in a row to take the first set six-three and pressed on to take a two-nil lead in the second set. But E1 Shafei's arm had been giving him trouble and he retired hurt at that stage --leaving Nastase with a six-two, three-nil victory and only the ball boys to shake hands with.