Tennis....and Jose Luis Clerc had an easy straight sets victory over Chilean Jaime Fillol on?
Tennis....and Jose Luis Clerc had an easy straight sets victory over Chilean Jaime Fillol on Sunday (18 March) to give Argentina an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the South American zone Davis Cup final.
SYNOPSIS: Clerc began superbly when he raced in to reach a delicate drop shot and place his forehand well out of his opponent's reach.
Clerc to Fillol, who, two days earlier, had lost in straight sets to Argentine number one, Guillermo Vilas. He seemed to lack confidence against his young opponent.
Fillol won almost one hundred thousand dollars last year,but he was unable to recapture the form which helped him lead Chile to the 1976 David Cup final -- hence this feeble forehand.
Another unforced error from Fillol gave Argentina the first set - six games to two.
In the second set, there were some fine rallies. Both men are very fast movers, and chased well for lobs and drop shots. But Fillol stunned the crowd with another glaring overhead error and surrendered the second set six-two.
Clerc again broke service early in the third set. But with his country down two-one in the tie, Fillol knew he had to lift his game to keep Chile in the tie. After a fourteen-shot rally, the Chilean won this point when Clerc netted a backhand approach.
The comeback was short-lived. Serving at match point, Fillol netted a simple forehand volley to give Argentina victory six-two, six-two, six-one. But next they face a formidable barrier, the United States.