American Stan Smith scored a surprisingly easy 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ilie Nastaste of Rumania to give the United States an early lead in the Davis Cup Challenge Round in North Carolina on Friday (8th October).
American Stan Smith scored a surprisingly easy 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ilie Nastaste of Rumania to give the United States an early lead in the Davis Cup Challenge Round in North Carolina on Friday (8th October). Ilie Nastaste is ranked the second best flay court player in the world and had been expected to have a advantage over Smith on the clay court at Charlotte. The six-foot four-inch Smith, winner of the recent U.S. Open tournament, outmanoeuvred the mercurial Nastaste to win his fourth straight challenge round match over a three year period. The Roumanians, although no longer favourites to win the Challenge Round, are keen to wrest the coveted silver cup from the dominance of the United States and become the first communist country to win the tournament.
SYNOPSIS: At Charlotte in North Carolina on Friday, Rumania began its Davis Cup Tennis Challenge Round against the United States.
The first match of the Round was between Rumania's Ilie Nastaste, serving, and the six-foot four-inch Stan Smith of the United States. Smith's power and Nastaste's extreme speed about the court provided some interesting rallies.
Ilie Nastaste is rated the second-best player in the world on clay courts, and he was expected to hold an advantage on this clay court at Charlotte. (PAUSE 5 SECS) Smith nearest the camera, won this first set 7-5.
The Roumanian, although no longer favourite to win the Challenge Round, have been determined to become the first communist country to win the coveted Cavis Cup. Smith won the second and third sets of this match 6-3, 6-1 to score a surprisingly easy win over the Roumanian. It was Smith's fourth straight challenge round win in the past three years.