Wilhelm Bungert, 28-years-old Dusseldorf, West Germany, sports goods salesman battled his way through to the final of the men's singles event in the Wimbledon tennis championships today.
Bungert and Taylor in play; Bungert wins match (NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT).
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Background: Wilhelm Bungert, 28-years-old Dusseldorf, West Germany, sports goods salesman battled his way through to the final of the men's singles event in the Wimbledon tennis championships today. He beat Britain's Roger Taylor in a five-set battle, to become only the sixth unseeded player to reach the final since seeding of players began in 1927.
Bungert won a match full of errors by 6-4, 6-8, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. He and Taylor served 27 double-faults between them, although Bungert looked the steadier player. He came back from being two sets to one down and won the last two sets after achieving early service breaks in both.
The 14,000 crowd on the Centre Court at Wimbledon were looking to Taylor to become the first Briton in the men's finals since 1938.
Bungert is the first German in the final since 1937, when Gottfried von Cramm lost in the final for the third successive year. Bungert now meets Australian John Newcombe in the final, to be played on Friday.