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    Hard-hitting Texan Cliff Richey Yesterday (Friday) justified his top-seeding in the South African Open Tennis Championships by triumphing in the men's singles final after a tough four-set match in Johannesburg.

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    Hard-hitting Texan Cliff Richey Yesterday (Friday) justified his top-seeding in the South African Open Tennis Championships by triumphing in the men's singles final after a tough four-set match in Johannesburg. His opponent, Spaniard Manuel Orantes, was beaten 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 after a two hour 20 minute struggle. It was Richey's first major title. Coverage of highlights, including match point, comes from cameraman J. Roets.

    SYNOPSIS: Johannesburg tennis classic, the South African Open Championship, reached its climax on Friday with the men's singles final - Texan Cliff Richey and spaniard Manuel Orantes in contention. First blood went to Richey, nearest the camera, when Orantes lobbed just over the baseline.

    Richey raced to a five-four lead in the first set. And Orantes was soon serving with set point against him.

    First set to Richey, six-four. Orantes son found himself serving to stay out of trouble in the second set as we But again the twenty-four-year-old Texan proved too strong, and he won the second set seven-five.

    Orantes fought to stay in the match. This time Richey served with set point against him.

    That smash gave Orantes the third set six-three. But he was soon in trouble as Richey took a five-four lead in the fourth set. A superb placement brought Richey to forty-fifteen and two match points.

    Richey serving. Bur Orantes saved the first match point superbly.

    The hard-serving Richey made no mistake with the second point to take the fourth and final set six-four after two hours and twenty-minutes on court. It was his first major title and it carries a twenty-five hundred pounds sterling prize.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA7OO9ENZ7XSQPHTHA0P7GNHAX
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7OO9ENZ7XSQPHTHA0P7GNHAX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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