Top Spanish player, Manuel Orantes, playing well below his usual form, still managed an easy win over West German Frank Gebert in the final rounds of the Egyptian Lawn Tennis Championships in Cairo on Wednesday (5 March).
LV Gezira Sporting Club
SV Scoreboard 6-2 Dawoody vs Crawford
TV Crawford near camera serves and wins second set tie breaker as Dawoody hits out of court
SV Scoreboard 7-6 to Crawford
TV Match point - Crawford serves and loses to passing shot. Players shake hands
TV Gebert (W. Germany) far end serves and wins point against Orantes (Spain) - first set
TV Gebert serves. Orantes lobs to win point
LV Gebert double faults to lose first set
LV Rally in second set. Gebert serves and loses point as volley goes out
SV Umpire watches
SV Gebert serves and nets return to lose match. Players shake hands
Initials CL/1749 CL/1812
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Background: Top Spanish player, Manuel Orantes, playing well below his usual form, still managed an easy win over West German Frank Gebert in the final rounds of the Egyptian Lawn Tennis Championships in Cairo on Wednesday (5 March).
Grantes started off badly, playing a defensive game. But he soon found his range and displayed his brilliant topspin backhand lab ... a tactic that scored him most of his points.
He won in straight sets.
In another match, Egypt's number two Ali El Dawoody cutplayed United States' Doug Crawford 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.
Dawoody using topspin on the forehand, an underspun backhand and a twisting service, was steadier than the American throughout the match. Crawford, however, picked up in the second set and won a tie breaker to win 7-6, but he lost the third set 6-4.
The Egyptian championships, held at the fashionable Gezira Sporting Club, is due to end on Sunday (9 March). It started Friday (28 February).