New Zealander, Brian Fairlie caused one of two quarter final upsets in the Rothman's International Tennis Tournament in London on Thursday (January 25).
New Zealander, Brian Fairlie caused one of two quarter final upsets in the Rothman's International Tennis Tournament in London on Thursday (January 25). Fairlie defeated Tom Okker of the Netherlands in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Until the defeat Okker was tipped to win the tournament following well-played matches earlier in the event. The other upset came with the defeat of top-seeded Ken Rosewall of Australia by left-handed Mark Cox of the United Kingdom.
In another quarter-final, Arthur Ashe of the United States had a predicted win over Alexander Metreveli of the Soviet Union in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6.
The players are competing indoors at London's Royal Albert Hall for a total of GBP20 thousand (U.S.GBP48 thousand).
SYNOPSIS: At London's Albert Hall, the Rothman's International Tennis Tournament was upset by two surprise wins in the quarter-finals. Brian Fairlie, furthest from the camera, defeated the second seeded player of the tournament, Tom Okker of the Netherlands. The other upset came with the defeat of top-seeded Ken Rosewall by Britain's Mark Cox. Until the upsets, Tom Okker had been favoured to win.
Tom Okker serving, after a short rally, Fairlie slams the ball past the Netherlands player showing the style which won the match.
The twenty four year old New Zealander took ninety two minutes to win 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Despite being down in the second set, Fairlie rallied to win convincingly.
In another quarter final on Thursday, Arthur Ashe, nearest the camera had a predicted win over the Soviet Union's Alexander Metreveli.
Arthur Ashe serving, and Metreveli returns out of court to give the point to the American.
Ashe serves again, a volley and the Soviet Union number one player hits into the net.
The United States player was firmly in control throughout the match. The final score, two sets, 7-6, 7-6.