In Melbourne, three of the world's loading mens tennis stars have moved closer to winning the top prize of 100,000 US Dollars (42,000 pounds sterling) in the final of the Commercial Union Master Grand Prix Tennis Tournament.
GV Borg serving to Newcombe, Borg wins point PAN TO Crowd and Scoreboard showing Six All (3 shots)
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MV Borg and Newcombe inspecting court
GV Game in progress Newcombe wins point and match. Scoreboard
GV Vilas serving and wins point in first set AND Crowds (2 shots)
GV Borg serving and and Vilas wins point AND Crowd (2 shots)
GV Vilas serving and winning first set AND Crowd (2 shots)
GV Vilas serving and Borg winning points PAN TO Crowd
GV Vilas serving an ace and wins match
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GV Nastase serving against Solomon long rally ends with Nastase winning first set AND Scoreboard (2 shots)
GV Solomon serving and winning point AND Crowd (2 shots)
MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Nastase serving and winning match.
SPORT - TENNIS
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Background: In Melbourne, three of the world's loading mens tennis stars have moved closer to winning the top prize of 100,000 US Dollars (42,000 pounds sterling) in the final of the Commercial Union Master Grand Prix Tennis Tournament.
Currently scheduled to appear in the semi-finals are John Newcombe of Australia, Ilie Nastase of Rumania, and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina. The anticipated fourth man will be Raul Ramirez of Mexico.
But all attention will be on the performance f the Argentinean Vilas. Top qualifier in the international rounds of the Tournament, he arrived in Melbourne having won a total of 219,000 US dollars (about 95,000 pounds sterling) in the various stages of the competition.
It was during these rounds tat he clearly established himself as the tennis sensation of 1974 - a reputation that he immediately enhanced by defeating the tournament favourite John Newcombe in the first round of the Melbourne competition. In the course of this victory. Vilas demonstrated his astonishingly powerful service by souring no less than 12 aces against the home based player.
Although Newcombe recovered from the early defeat to win his way through to the semi finals, Vilas went on to arush the glamorous young Swede Bjorn Borg 7-5 6-1, afterwards telling newsman that he would have to take a rest from the game when the Grand Prix finals ended.
Another player who is also aiming for a rest from the sport in his home town in Rumania after the competition is Ilie Nastase, who easily defeated Harold Solomon of the United Stated 6-3 6-4. Solomon was deputising for American and Wimbledon Open Champion Jimmy Connors, who decided not to play in the finals despite finishing second in the qualifying rounds for a prize money total of 185,000 US dollars (about 80,040 pounds sterling).
Newcombe assured himself of a place in the semi finals with a 7-6 7-6 win over Bjorn Borg, after a match that lasted four and a half hours and saw both men fighting for every point. Play was held up for an hour by heavy rain and the two men also had to contend with strong winds gusting across the court and several further stops for rain.