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    IN A SUPERB DISPLAY OF CONTROLLED ALL-COURT TENNIS, MANUEL SANTANA THE 26-YEAR-OLD SPANISH CHAMPION, TODAY (SATURDAY) REGAINED THE FRENCH MEN'S SINGLES TITLE, THE WORLD'S PREMIER HARD-COURT HONOUR.

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    IN A SUPERB DISPLAY OF CONTROLLED ALL-COURT TENNIS, MANUEL SANTANA THE 26-YEAR-OLD SPANISH CHAMPION, TODAY (SATURDAY) REGAINED THE FRENCH MEN'S SINGLES TITLE, THE WORLD'S PREMIER HARD-COURT HONOUR.

    IN BURNING SUN, THE BOYISH-LOOKING STROKE-ARTIST FROM MADRID BEAT 30-YEAR-OLD NICOLA PIETRANGELI OF ITALY, BY 6-3,6-1,4-6, 7-5, AFTER A GREAT FINAL WHICH THRILLED THE HUGE SHIRT-SLEEVED CROWD FOR JUST OVER TWO HOURS.

    IT WAS THE SPANIARD'S SECOND TRIUMPH OVER THE ITALIAN IN A FRENCH SINGLES FINAL. HE WON WHEN THEY MET THREE YEARS AGO. ON THAT OCCASION PIETRANGELI DOMINATED FROM THE START BUT SANTANA WON OVER FIVE SETS.

    TODAY SANTANA TOOK THE EARLY INITIATIVE WITH INSPIRED PLAY, AND THEN HAD TO TURN BACK A STRONG CHALLENGE BY THE ITALIAN WHO DESERVEDLY WON THE THIRD SET AND NEARLY FORCED A DECIDING SET WHEN HE HELD FIVE SET POINTS IN THE NINTH GAME OF THE FOURTH SET.

    AVERTING THIS CRISIS, SANTANA TOOK PIETRANGELI'S SERVICE TO LOVE TO LEVEL AT FIVE ALL AND SERVE TO 6-5. THE ITALIAN PUT UP A SPIRITED DEFENCE TO SAVE THREE MATCH POINTS IN THE NEXT GAME, ONLY TO PUT A SMASH WELL OVER THE LINE TO GIVE THE SPANIARD AS FOURTH CHANCE. SANTANA TOOK IT WITH A FIERCE FOREHAND WHICH FORCED AN ERROR FROM THE ITALIAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABOHIYM9GJNR5QH7FBCD7IMNEV
    Media URN:
    VLVABOHIYM9GJNR5QH7FBCD7IMNEV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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