Tennis -- and in the World Doubles Championship Finals in Britain, the two young Americans, John McEnroe and Peter Fleming methodically destroyed llie Nastase of Rumania and Sherwood Stewart of the United States on Sunday (7 January ), to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 6-1.
GV First set: Sherwood Stewart serving to John McEnroe. Stewart and llie Nastase winning point bringing score to 30-0. Stewart serving again to Peter Fleming, and wings point bringing score to 40-0
GV Stewart serves to McEnroe, who hits ball into net, giving Stewart and Nastase first set, and players walk off court
GV Scoreboard: 6-3 Nastase and Stewart
GV Second set: Nastase serves to McEnroe, rally, and Stewart hitting ball into net making score 15-40 - set point
GV Nastase serving to Fleming, and McEnroe and Fleming winning point and set 6-2
GV McEnroe serving to Nastase, and Stewart hits ball into net after rally
GV McEnroe to Stewart and McEnroe and Fleming win set (score at 2 sets to 1) and players walk off court
GV Nastase serving to Fleming, and McEnore wins rally with smash
GV Match point: Nastase serving to McEnroe, and Fleming and McEnroe win match, and players shake hands and leave court
SV McEnroe and Fleming receive trophy
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Background: Tennis -- and in the World Doubles Championship Finals in Britain, the two young Americans, John McEnroe and Peter Fleming methodically destroyed llie Nastase of Rumania and Sherwood Stewart of the United States on Sunday (7 January ), to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 6-1.
SYNOPSIS: Stewart's winning serve gave the east-west pair the first set, six games to three. They had been considered unlikely candidates for the final, and did well to defeat the defending champions Wojtek Fibak of Poland and Tom Okker of Holland on Saturday (6 January) in the semi-finals. Steward had been a late replacement for Nastase's original partner Victor Pecci of Paraguay. McEnroe and Fleming first teamed as a doubles pair seven months ago, and have won several big titles since then.
After the first set, McEnroe and Fleming settled down, and it soon became obvious that Nastase and Stewart were doomed. The winners' performance was undoubtedly their best of the week, as they began to blast their opponents off the court.
By the third set, the American players were supreme. McEnroe is nineteen and Fleming twenty-three. Their youth played its part in overwhelming the thirty-two year old, Nastase and Stewart. McEnroe's speed and incredible reactions allowed him repeatedly to produce winning shots from near-impossible positions.
It took the two Americans just under two hours to win their most important doubles title to date. They didn't lose any of their five matches in these world championships. McEnroe's victory after his recent triumph in several singles events confirmed his brilliant promise, and built his confidence for the forthcoming Masters Championships in New York. Winning the doubles championship meant more than just prestige for the Americans, who picked up forty thousand pounds Sterling (eighty thousand dollars), with the defeated Nastase and Stewart sharing second prize of twenty thousand pounds Sterling (forty thousand dollars).