Mexican Raul Ramirez beat Eddie Dibbs of the United States 7-6, 6-2 to win the singles title in a specially sponsored World Championship Tennis (WCT) tournament in Mexico City on Sunday (14 March).
GV PAN EXTERIOR Stadium
GV Play starts, Dibbs serves and loses point, audience applauds (2 shots)
GV Dibbs serves and after long rally, wins point, PAN TO Crowd
Ramirez serves, wins point and leaves court, with audience applauding (2 shots)
GV Ramirez serves, wins point and match. players shake hands
MV Ramirez presented with cup
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Background: Mexican Raul Ramirez beat Eddie Dibbs of the United States 7-6, 6-2 to win the singles title in a specially sponsored World Championship Tennis (WCT) tournament in Mexico City on Sunday (14 March).
The 22-year-old Mexican was suffering a slight leg injury but decisively outplayed Dibbs in the second set. The first set went to the tie-breaker after 12 games without a service break.
Ramirez started nervously and Dibbs, placing his passing shots cleverly beyond Ramirez's reach, seemed to be on top.
But, in front of a partisan crowd of more than 11,000, the Mexican got his serve under control in the second set and gradually dominated his 25-year-old opponent to carry off the $17,000 U.S. (???8,500 sterling) winner's prize.
An hour later Ramirez and American Brian Gottfried defeated Brian Fairlie of New Zealand and Ismail Shafi of Egypt in the doubles, 6-4, 7-6.
Ramirez and Gottfried were WCT champions last year, and were seeded number one for this tournament.
SYNOPSIS: The National Auditorium in Mexico City where the sponsored World Championship Tennis tournament was held on Sunday.
Highlight of the matches was the number one singles struggle between Mexico's Raul Ramirez and Eddie Dibbs of the United States.
The 22-year-old Mexican was nervous at first, and with Dibbs cleverly placing his passing shots out of Ramirez's reach, seemed to be on top early. Ramirez was also suffering a slight leg injury. After 12 games without a service break in the first set, it went to the tie-breaker before Dibbs appeared to lose concentration and Ramirez won 7-6.
But in the second set Ramirez sorted out his serve and gained confidence. He gradually dominated his 25-year-old opponent.
The partisan crowd of more than 11,000 urged Ramirez on. The American lost his confidence and the Mexican pressed home an easy victory for the $17,000 winner's prize. The match was part of the World Championship Tennis series.
An hour after accepting the winner's cup, Ramirez teamed with American Brian Gottfried to win their doubles match against Brian Fairlie of New Zealand and Ismail Shafi of Egypt. The winning pair were top seeds for the doubles.