Ilie Nastase of Rumania, who started who started the week in disgrace, ended it in a blaze of glory when he won the Grand Prix Masters Tennis final in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday (7 December).
MV Sign Masters Tournament PAN EXTERIOR Roof
MS Photographers PAN TO Borg and Nastase
CU Borg receives first service and loses the point
CU Nastase preparing for next serve PAN Crowd
MV Nastase serving, plays ensuing rally and wins point
CU Borg serves PULL BACK Borg wins point
CU Scoreboard showing Nastase winning second set 5-2 PULL BACK Borg serves plays and loses point
CU Scorekeeper changes score to Nastase 6-2 second set
CU Nastase serves PULL BACK Play, Nastase wins match point, players meet at net and walk off
MV Nastase presented with trophy, and posing for pictures (2 shots)
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Background: Ilie Nastase of Rumania, who started who started the week in disgrace, ended it in a blaze of glory when he won the Grand Prix Masters Tennis final in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday (7 December).
He beat Sweden's Bjorn Borg in the final by 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in a whirlwind 66 minutes.
His emphatic victor brought Nastase his fourth Master's title in five years, together with 40 thousand U.S. dollars (20,000 pounds sterling).
Nastase's win came after he had been sensationally disqualified in his first match in the round-robin series against Arthur Ashe of the United Sates in the tournament's opening day.
The match against Nastase was a humiliating experience for the 19-year-old Borg. The home crowd tried to lift him ... but it needed more than the record 4,500 spectators to help beat Nastase.
Nastase served with such precise accuracy that Borg only had one point to break him in the entire match ... in the seventh game of the first set. Nastase also returned service brilliantly and it was this which really demoralised the young Swede.
From the Rumain's first service break for a 3-1 opening set lead, it was always in uphill struggle for Borg. He dropped another service to trail 2-0 in the second set, and in the third he only picked up eight points as nastase pounded away to a 5-0 lead.
The Rumanian would have won inside an hour but for some resistance by Borg in the sixth game of the last set. After two match points the outplayed Swede prolonged the game to five deuces and doubled his points tally in the process. Nastase served out the seventh and final game to love.
Nastase's victory came on his third wedding anniversary. Later he attributed his win over Borg to his concentration.
SYNOPSIS: Rumanian Ilie nastase received a special wedding anniversary present in Stockholm on Sunday. He won the Grand Prix Masters Tennis final and a twenty thousand pound prize.
He beat Sweden's Bjorn Borg, seen here receiving a serve, in a whirlwind sixty-six minute match.
Nastase took three straight sets, winning by 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. He served with such precise accuracy that Borg only has one point to break him in the entire match. It was a humiliating defeat for Borg in front of his home crowd. They tried to lift him but is needed more than that to beat Nastase.
Nastase dominated play from his first service break for a 3-1 opening set lead. Borg dropped another service to trail 2-0 in the second set and in the third set he picked up only eight points as Nastase went on to a 5-nil lead.
Nastase's win came after he has been sensationally disqualified in the Round-Robin series on the tournament's opening day.
The Rumanian would have won in less than an hour but for some resistance by Borg in the sixth game of the last set. After two match points the Swede prolonged the game to five deuces and doubled his points tally in the process. But Nastase served out the seventh and final game to love. And it was Nastase's match the whole way.
Later he attributed his win to his concentration. It was his accurate serving to the corner and his brilliant service return which won him the final.
For twenty-nine year old Nastase, it's the fourth time he has won the Masters title in the past five years. He was beaten in the finals last year by Argentina's Guillermo Vilas.