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    ROD LAVER, THE 30-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN TENNIS ACE, TODAY (SATURDAY) FIRMLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF THE POST-WAR ERA BY SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING HIS TITLE AND WINNING THE WIMBLEDON MEN'S SINGLES TITLE FOR THE FOURTH TIME.

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    ROD LAVER, THE 30-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN TENNIS ACE, TODAY (SATURDAY) FIRMLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF THE POST-WAR ERA BY SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING HIS TITLE AND WINNING THE WIMBLEDON MEN'S SINGLES TITLE FOR THE FOURTH TIME. HE BEAT FELLOW AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL JOHN NEWCOMBE 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 AFTER A TWO-HOUR-AND-SIXTEEN-MINUTE DUEL ON THE SUN-BAKED CENTRE COURT.

    LEFTHANDER LAVER, KNOWN AS THE "RED ROCKET", WAS 4-1 DOWN IN THE THIRD SET, BUT FOUGHT BACK SUPERBLY AND TOOK AN IRON GRIP ON THE GBP3,000 STERLING PRIZE BY WINNING SEVEN SUCCESSIVE GAMES. HE COMPLETED HIS VICTORY WITH A TREMENDOUS SMASH ON HIS SECOND MATCH POINT.

    NEWCOMBE, A 25-YEAR-OLD SON OF A SYDNEY DENTIST, MANAGED TO KEEP UP PRESSURE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SECOND SET AND THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD LIFTING SUBTLE LOBS OVER THE CHAMPION'S HEAD AND FIRING HARD DRIVES TO LAVER'S FEET AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

    BUT NEWCOMBE RELIED HEAVILY ON HIS EXPLOSIVE FIRST SERVE AND IT LET HIM DOWN BADLY JUST WHEN HE NEEDED IT MOST IN THE THIRD SET.

    THE CRUCIAL GAME CAME WITH NEWCOMBE 4-2 UP. LAVER HAMMERED HIS OPPONENT MERCILESSLY AND NEWCOMBE DOUBLE-FAULTED TO GIVE THE CHAMPION THE GAME.

    LAVER RACED TRIUMPHANTLY THROUGH THE NEXT FIVE GAMES. WITH A 2-0 LEAD IN THE FOURTH SET, LAVER APPEARED CONTENT TO COAST HOME ON HIS SERVICE POWER UNTIL THE END.

    LAVER WAS PRESENTED WITH HIS TROPHY BY THE DUKE OF KENT. NEWCOMBE RECEIVED THE RUNNER-UP MEDAL.

    LAVER, WHO ALSO WON THE CROWN IN 1961 AND 1962, IS THE ONLY MAN TO CAPTURE THE TITLE FOUR TIMES SINCE THE PRESENT WIMBLEDON GROUNDS WERE OPENED IN 1922.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAOMVQTFRD7C8MA88PF1EB3MAH
    Media URN:
    VLVAAOMVQTFRD7C8MA88PF1EB3MAH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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