The United States tennis team cruised effortlessly to their third successive Davis Cup triumph yesterday (Sunday).
The United States tennis team cruised effortlessly to their third successive Davis Cup triumph yesterday (Sunday). Victory in the doubles gave the Americans a winning 3-0 lead over West Germany in the Cup Challenge round, contested this year in Cleveland, Ohio.
The American doubles pair of Stan Smith and Bob Lutz built confidently on the straight-sets victories of Arthur Ashe and Cliff Richey in the singles the previous day.
The American pair were never in trouble, and were only extended in the second set. Serving hard and co-ordinating well, they crushed West Germany's Christian Kuhnke and Wilhelm Bungert 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
Smith and Lutz, both 23, maintained their record of being unbeaten in the Davis Cup. They took only 77 minutes to complete a notable victory over their 31-year-old opponents.
The West Germans, coached by Australian star Fred Stolle, thus failed in their ambition to win the Davis Cup at their first appearance in the challenge round. For the Americans, it was their 22nd victory in the cup competition -- equalling the record held by Australia.