The Wimbledon Men's Singles has lived up to its reputation for early surprises, and only five of the eight seeded players survived to enter today's (Thursday) third round.
Emerson v. Maud -- highlights of game; Danes v. Russian - game in progress. (NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT).
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Background: The Wimbledon Men's Singles has lived up to its reputation for early surprises, and only five of the eight seeded players survived to enter today's (Thursday) third round. A great favourite for Wimbledon success is Roy Emerson of Australia, who today beat Robert Maud of South Africa. In the first round of the Men's Doubles, the Danish team of Leschly and Ulrich beat their Russian opponents Likhachev and Metreveli.
Roy Emerson is an overwhelming favourite and is thought to stand a strong chance of regaining the title he held in 1964 and 1965. Today's match, against an unseeded player, suggested that he had not yet warmed up to full championship standard, and was still struggling to make best use of his powerful service.
His opponent, Robert Maud, the young South African Davis Cup International, played with great maturity for a youngster of only twenty. He was twice within two points of becoming the first man to take a set off the 30-year-old Australian star. However, Emerson managed to pull off a centre-court victory, beating Maud 6-3, 9-7, 6-4.
The First Round of the Men's Doubles started yesterday, but it wasn't until today that the match between the Russian and Danish competitors was completed. The Russian stars were S.Likhachev and A.Metreveli; the Danish, J.Leschly and J.Ulrich.
Yesterday, this match had run to four sets, with the score standing at 9-11, 6-4, 8-10, 12-10. The final set was played today, with the Danes gaining a 6-4 win over the Russians in the decisive set.
The Danish team included Jan Leschly, who was defeated in the Men's Singles yesterday by American Marty Riessen.