Tennis--and Sweden's Bjorn Borg crushed Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States in two straight sets in New York on Sunday (13 January) to win the Grand prix Master's Tennis Championship for the first time.
GV INTERIOR Bjorn Borg (at far end) during play in first game, and after rally, Borg nets ball
SV Scoreboard showing Borg and Gerulaitis at two games each
GV Gerulaitis serving and hits ball into net ZOOM INTO Crowd, and scoreboard, showing 3rd game to Borg
GV Gerulaitis serving and Borg wins point. GV Scoreboard (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT From Borg serving match point, and winning game, set and match PAN UP TO Scoreboard at matchpoint (6-2, 5-2)
SV Gerulaitis receiving cheque for 64,000 dollars
TOP VIEW Spectators applaud
CU Borg receiving Cup and cheque for 100,000 dollars
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Background: Tennis--and Sweden's Bjorn Borg crushed Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States in two straight sets in New York on Sunday (13 January) to win the Grand prix Master's Tennis Championship for the first time. It was the first New York win for the four-time Wimbledon champion, and it solidifies his position as the number on world player, with only the United States Open missing from his crown. He has been quoted as saying recently that he will, however, limit his tournament play this year. American player, John McEnroe, took third place, after Jimmy Connors withdrew from the match because of injuries.
SYNOPSIS: This was the fifteenth time Borg had met and beaten Gerulaitis, and it was is fifth consecutive win in the eight-man round robin competition. This final was nothing like their classic clash in the Wimbledon semi-final of 1977 when the Swede finally won after five long sets. Here, in the first set, at two games each, Borg nets the ball.
In a remarkable fifth game, Gerulaitis was forced to serve twenty-four times, and after saving nine break points,was eventually broken on the tenth when he netted a low volley.
The speed, agility and volleying power of Gerulaitis was time and again nullified by Borg's passing shots hit from surprising angles.
At match point of the final game, Borg took the match to give him his first ever New York win. Final score was 6-2, 6-2.
Gerulaitis was obliged to console himself with a cheque for sixty-for thousand (U.S.) dollars. Borg's one hundred thousand dollar prize put his year's tournament winnings over the million dollar mark.