Britain's number one tennis player, Mark Cox, comfortably beat New Zealand Davis Cup star, Brian Fairlie, in the singles final of the Rothmans International tournament at the Albert Hall in London on Saturday (8 March) -- after being runner-up the last two years.
CU ZOOM OUT Fairlie (New Zealand, nearest camera) serves to Cox (Britain) and wins point as Cox nets after 16 stroke rally.
TV ZOOM OUT First set point Fairlie serves and nets first volley to lose first set. ZOOM IN TO Cox.
SV Scoreboard Cox leads 6-1
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Fairlie receiving To Cox who puts ball out of court after 14 stroke rally.
CU Scoreboard: Cox leads 5-4 second set.
CU ZOOM OUT Match point. Fairlie series and put Cox's return out of court to lose match.
TV (Same shot) Cox jumps net, Fairlie jumps net to go on other side and Cox jumps net again to join him and both players leave court.
GV AND SV Crowd applaud as Cox receives trophy (3 shots)
SV Scoreboard showing Panatta and Bertolucci (Italy) leading Fassbender and Pohmann (W. Germany) 6-3, 5-4.
TV ZOOM OUT Panatta serving (nearest camera) from 15-love onwards in final game; they win successive points to take match; players shake hands and leave court.
TV Crowd applaud as Italians receive awards (2 shots)
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Background: Britain's number one tennis player, Mark Cox, comfortably beat New Zealand Davis Cup star, Brian Fairlie, in the singles final of the Rothmans International tournament at the Albert Hall in London on Saturday (8 March) -- after being runner-up the last two years.
Cox, who plays out of Vancouver, was in superlative form as he laid low the challenge of his gritty opponent 6-1, 7-5.
It was a case of third time lucky for Cox since in the 1973 final he lost to Fairlie and the next year want down to the Swedish teenage sensation Bjorn Borg.
But in Saturday's match, Fairlie's inconsistent serving and Cox's almost infallible touch down the line swept the tall Englishman to the 5,000 pounds sterling first prize.
It was only Fairlie's determination not to lose that delayed the result in the second set when he came back from 2-5 down to level at 5-5.
But Cox was able to maintain his concentration, and despite being denied victory on seven match points, finally overcame a tiring Fairlie to win a match of extraordinary good humour as well as skill.
In the men's doubles final the Italian combination of Adriano Panatta and Paolo Bertolucci proved too strong for Jurgen Fassbender and Hans Pohmann of West Germany.
The Italians, always safe on serve and using the court to it fullest, won 6-3, 6-4 in a low-ley match.