The Wimbledon champion John Newcombe beat the American Arthur Ashe in a quarter-final of the 1970 U.
The Wimbledon champion John Newcombe beat the American Arthur Ashe in a quarter-final of the 1970 U.S. Open Tennis men's singles championships in New York yesterday (September 10). Another Australian, Ken Rosewall, beat American's Stan Smith.
Rosewall beat Smith, the American number one, in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. But Arthur Ashe gave Newcombe a sterner fight. The coloured American served 15 aces to three by the Wimbledon champion. But the two-hour duel, the fiercest of the quarter-finals, went to the Wimbledon champion by 6-1, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6.
Ashe was the opponent whom Newcombe had feared most. He said later: "I like my chances. I said that if I beat Arthur I would win and I am more convinced now."
The other semi-finalists are the Texan Cliff Richey and another Australian, Tony Roche.
The title carries the richest prize in tennis--GBP8,000 (22,000 dollars).