The Argentine tennis champion, Guillermo Vilas, provided the crowd with a home victory when he won the Argentine Open Tennis Championship in Buenos Aires on Sunday (16 November).
GV Panatta serving to Vilas, players rally and Panatta hits ball into net.
Crowd watch as Vilas serves and players rally, Panatta makes passing shot which Vilas fails to return.
GV Vilas serves and after long rally Vilas rushes net and makes passing shot to base line to win point.
GV Vilas serves in last set and on return of ball makes passing shot to win point.
GV Vilas serves and Panatta hits return ball outside of base line to lose match and players rush net to shake hands.
GV Scoreboard reading 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
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Background: The Argentine tennis champion, Guillermo Vilas, provided the crowd with a home victory when he won the Argentine Open Tennis Championship in Buenos Aires on Sunday (16 November).
Vilas won the Championship when he defeated the Italian player, Adriano Panatta, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
From one-one in the first set, the left handed Vilas caught hold of the match with near faultless baseline play to take the next nine games for a 6-1, 4-0 lead.
But Panatta managed to get back into the game and refused to conceded defeat. He took the next three games before Vilas recovered his concentration and took the last set 6-4.
This was Vilas' fifth win on the professional Grand Prix tournament circuit this year. He now goes on to contest the Commercial Union Masters Grand Prix in Stockholm next month.
Vilas won the tournament in Melbourne, Australia, last year but after a disappointing run earlier this year, few tennis commentators gave him a chance of earning enough points to qualify for the Masters Tournament in Stockholm, let alone winning it.
Now it appears that Vilas has hit form at just the right time and his attempt to win the Masters twice in a row will be made easier by the absence of the highly favoured American player, Jimmy Connors.
SYNOPSIS: The final of the Argentine Open Tennis Championship in Buenos Aires on Sunday between Italian Adriano Panatta serving, and the Argentine champion Guillermo Vilas.
Vilas, here serving, dominated the early stages with his powerful left hand combined with near faultless baseline play. But the Italian made the home town boy work for every point and despite Vilas' obvious domination of the first set Panatta managed to take the occasional point.
But occasional point doesn't win matches. Vilas played from the back and forced the Italian to do the same. The caused long, crowd pleasing rallies to developed throughout the match. But it appeared that Vilas could approach the net with impunity whenever he felt like putting one away.
Vilas, again serving, took the first two sets, six-one, six-four. Panatta looked dangerous only once....when he took the lead in the final set, four-three. But Vilas regained concentration and this beautiful serve on match point, completed his six-one, six-four, six-four, win.