Tennis; and American Roscoe Tanner, last year's Wimbledon runner-up, began final preparations for this year's event with a narrow first round win at the Queen's Club International Tournament in London.
GV Rod Frawley (Australia) serves to Roscoe Tanner (USA) in first round of Queen's Club International Grass Court Tennis Tournament, London, Uk. Frawley loses point
GV Frawley serves and after short rally, Tanner wins point, and ZOOM TO Scoreboard showing 7-7 in last set
GV Frawley serves, Tanner returns and Frawley nets, giving game to Tanner
GV Scoreboard: 8-7 to Tanner
GV Tanner serves and Frawley hits out
LV Spectators watching
GV Tanner serves and Frawley returns to win point
GV Tanner serves and Frawley hits ball out
GV Tanner serves and Frawley hits into ???et. Tanner continues, faulting into net, and rally after successful second serve wins Tanner game, set and match. Tanner and Frawley shake hands at net
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Background: Tennis; and American Roscoe Tanner, last year's Wimbledon runner-up, began final preparations for this year's event with a narrow first round win at the Queen's Club International Tournament in London. Tanner almost had his build-up wrecked by Australian Rod Frawley before snatching the critical third set.
SYNOPSIS: Frawley, serving here, looked ready to provide the upset when he lead 4-1 in the final set after both players had each taken an earlier set.
Then Tanner began to break back on Frawley's serve, and, after this rally, scores were tied at seven games each in the final set.
Almost too late, 29-year-old Tanner's confidence around the court returned to force the Australian into errors.
With Tanner in front for the first time, he only needed to hold serve to take the match.
But the excitement peaked as it seemed that Frawley might be ready to break back.
With the point score 15-all, Tanner serves again, and the Australian is again forced into error.
30-15 to Tanner, and another enormous serve takes the American to within a point of victory. Match point, and Tanner's first serve finds the net. But the second serve is in, and after a crucial rally, the man who came close to taking the Wimbledon title from Bjorn Borg last year clinches the first round of the Queen's Club International. Final score: 3-6, 6-1, 9-7. A shaky start to the tournament for Tanner, whose form for this year's Wimbledon looked right on target after a win in last week's Manchester Grass Court event.