Tennis....and United States champion Jimmy Connors overcame an ankle injury to beat Rumanian Ilie Nastase?
SV Nastase serving, PULL OUT TO GV rally...Connors far court, Nastase passes him
GV Nastase serving, Cannors returns just inside right hand corner
SV Nastase serving, rally, finally Nastase forehand smash leaves Connors standing
SV Nastase serving, Connors hits ball out of court
GV Scoreboard - Connors leading 6-2, 5-4.
SV Connors serving near end, good rally, but Connors puts ball out
SV Connors serving at match point: Nastase returns, out of play. Players shake hands at net
GV Spectators applauding
GV Girls carrying certificate, hand it to Nastase, who clowns with Connors, who picks up certificate and his Nastase over head
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Background: Tennis....and United States champion Jimmy Connors overcame an ankle injury to beat Rumanian Ilie Nastase six-two, six-four on Sunday (26 November) in the men's final of the Gunze International Championships in Tokyo.
SYNOPSIS: Nastase, in the near court, serving to Connors, then hitting a clean winner from the return.
That bad ankle was worrying Connors, who was finding it hard to reach Nastase's best returns. Yet the American broke service.
A serious of good rallies delighted the crowd, as did the power of Nastase' smashing, a sign of early, and misleading, confidence.
Less mobile than usual, Connors was slow to get his champion's game into the groove. Later, he did, until he was in line to serve for the match.
Sometimes, Nastase can fade badly. This time he didn't, and delayed Connors's triumph with solid play.
Match point, and it is quickly over, Nastase's return flying out of court. As usual, Nastase has to offer Connors a loser's handshake.
In Tokyo, the champion gets a certificate showing spectators and television fans how much he has won. Connors has the last laugh, pocketing the winner's cheque for ten thousand dollars. Nastase has to be content with five thousand dollars, which will, however, buy a lot of aspirin for the headache Connors gives him.