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Old 09-25-2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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The New York Times gave some indication of how and when Trabert got his service percentage so high:
Trabert was set back in the first set when he had two opportunities to break through his opponent. Standing about a yard behind the baseline to handle Hoad’s cannonball service with a maximum of effect, Trabert went to deuce in the seventh game before losing and took a 30-0 margin in the ninth. Both times Hoad pulled it out.

That seemed to discourage Tony and he was not nearly as effective the rest of the way. Finally, after the match had followed service down the line, Hoad broke through in the twenty-fourth game for the set.

In the second set, Hoad broke through in the fourth game. That spelled Trabert’s undoing. The American ace kept fighting, however, and the Australian captain, Harry Hopman, came out to talk to Hoad. The American captain, Billy Talbert, also stepped on the court to advise his star and to give him some rosin.

Trabert Changes Tactics

Then the tide of the match changed entirely. Trabert, finding his “big” service doing little good in the rain, was content merely to get the ball in play and wait for Hoad to err.

This strategy worked to perfection for two sets and Hoad was not sure of his ground strokes or volleys. Tony never was in trouble for these two sets and most of the Australians present seemed ready to admit that they would be in the United States next year to try to bring the cup back here.

But not Hoad. A fighter, the youngster played it down to the end. Finally in the twelfth game, Hoad broke through at love.

The players, on the court for three hours, did not show any signs of strain as they headed for the locker room.
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