Wimbledon '99: Game, Set And Matchless

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The Independent Online

This final was more significant than enthralling. It was the first in the new Open era of tennis, as both amateur and professional players were allowed to enter the tournament for the first time. It meant the likes of Rod Laver were back at Wimbledon after a five-year absence. The left- hander from Queensland reached the final with relative ease, where he faced fellow countryman Tony Roche. Laver ran out a very comfortable three- set winner, 6-3 6-4 6-2. The following year, he returned and won his fourth and final singles title, this time against John Newcombe.