Guillermo Vilas of Argentina overwhelmingly defeated Brian Gottfried of the United States to win men's singles title at the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Sunday (5 June).
Guillermo Vilas of Argentina overwhelmingly defeated Brian Gottfried of the United States to win men's singles title at the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Sunday (5 June). The Argentina left-hander crushed Gottfried in three straight sets 6-nil, 6-3, 6-nil.
SYNOPSIS: Vilas, playing ruthlessly, was in command from start to finish. No sooner were the two players on court and Gottfried was completely unsettled by Vilas' determination and skill. Vilas sent Gottfried running around the court with a combination of punishing forehand and heavy top spins. Gottfried won few points and Vilas took the first set by an extraordinary 6-nil.
Gottfried picked up slightly in the second set. But even so, he found no way of braking Vilas' control. He lost two of his service games, enabling the Argentina to take the set 6-3.
Conditions were miserable. But as the rain increased Vilas continued to put on the pressure. Vilas hadn't expected such an easy win because Gottfried has already beaten him twice this year.
The last set was much the same as the first, with Vilas forcing Gottfried to rush from one end of the court to the other. Once again Gottfried tried to even up the score, but Vilas pushed on relentlessly.
Vilas broke the American's serve three times in the final set to take the game, set and match, 6-nil. It was Vilas' first international win since he took the Masters title in Australia in 1974.
Vilas had lost only 43 games and one set during the entire French Open. He was seeded number three.