Tennis....and Jose Luis Clerc had an easy straight sets victory over Chilean Jaime Fillol on?
GV Jose Luis Clerc of Argentina (at far end) serves and wins point after returning drop shot from Jaime Fillol of Chile. Crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV Clerc serves and loses point with netted backhand
CU & GV Crowd watches and applauds as Fillol serves but loses point (3 shots)
GV Fillol serves from far end and loses first set when he nets Clerc's return
GV Scoreboard showing first set to Clerc
GV Fillol serves and loses point after fine rally when he smashes out of court
GV Scoreboard - Argentina lead by two sets to love
GV Fillol serves and, after rally, Clerc nets backhand approach shot
GV Crowd applauds
GV Fillol, serving at match point loses when he nets forehand volley. Players shake hands and leave court
Hans Gildemeister gained a little consolation for Chile when he beat Guillermo Vilas in the final match of the tie. Vilas retired in the fifth set. The United States hammered Colombia five-nil in their North American zone final to earn their place in the American Zone final.
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Background: 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.