On Sunday (13 June), the last day of the Units States Open Table Tennis Championships in Philadelphia, the men's singles final was between Dragutin Surbek of Yugoslavia, and Zlatko Cordas of Canada.
GV EXTERIOR Sign "Northeast Recquet Club and health Spa"
CU Poster "US Open Table Tennis Championships"
GV Match in progress between Surbek (Yugoslavia) and Cords (Canada) with crowd watching (2 shots)
CU Cordas serving and winning point to bring score to 17-20 and one game all (Coras on 17)
CU Cordas serving and losing point and game (Surbek leading 2 games to 1)
CU Crowd watching
GV Surbek serving and losing point; Surbek serving again and losing another point (score 20-17)
CU Surbek serving but Cordas hits ball off table ending rally allowing Surbek to win 3 games to 1; players shake hands and walk off (2 shots)
CU Men's singles trophy
CU Surbek being presented with trophy
SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: On Sunday (13 June), the last day of the Units States Open Table Tennis Championships in Philadelphia, the men's singles final was between Dragutin Surbek of Yugoslavia, and Zlatko Cordas of Canada.
SYNOPSIS: The Championships were held at Philadelphia's Northeast Racquet Club, and there was a good turn-out of enthusiasts to watch the final contests. In the men's final, the Yugoslavian - furthest from the camera - presented his Canadian opponent with an imposing wall of defensive shots. For the past few years, Surbek has featured prominently in the World Table Tennis Championships.
After the first two games, the Canadian and the Yugoslav had won one each, but in the third, Cordas trailed 17 to 20. Time and again it was Surbek's heavy forehand topspin that won him the points. The third game ended with Surbek leading by two games to one.
In the fourth game, Surbek, who was a world semi-finalist in 1973, had built up a good lead. But then his concentration seemed to slacken momentarily, and he lost two consecutive points to Cordas.
Losing those two points cut the Yugoslavian's lead to three points at 20-17. But in the final exchange he pulled out all the stops, and with tremendous attacking play, forced the Canadian into making a vital error. It gave Surbek the championship by three games to one.
This year's championships were the forty-sixth in the U.S. Open series. Surbek is currently on top form, having finished second in this year's European Championships. This American win confirmed his nickname "The Indestructible".