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AN EXCITING CONTEST.

GAME LASTS TWO HOURS. NEW ZEALANDER'S MAGNIFICENT ' PLAY. (Received November" 15, 10.15 a.m.) MELBOURNE, This Day.The weather conditions were perfect on Saturday, and the match for tho championship between Wilding and Brookes for skill and excitement approached the" famous Davis Cup contest last year, when Wright, the American, beat Brookes. The Victorian won the first two sets easily, but .from that out Wilding, playing magnificently, held his opponent, who in the closing stages visibly tired. The match occupied two hours, the last set taking forty minutes. Brookes was not just at his best, and was wanting in that unerring precision which earned him the championship of the world. Wilding undoubtedly was the better man on the day, and won a great contest iairly on his merits. He played even better than when he defeated the American, Alexander, in last year's contest for the Davis Cup. A. F. Wilding, by his win over Norman Brookes by three sets to two, 26 games to 25, has secured the Victorian championship. Wilding is not the first New Zealander to secure this honour, as H. A. Parker has been Victorian champion; but thrs is the first time that Wilding has succeeded in defeating the famous Brookes. Wilding all but beat Brookes once in the All-England championship, the games being very close. It would seem that the spell from strenuous globe-trotting tennis has done Wilding good. There was little difference between the two champions, but apparently Wilding is the better finished in a hard match, as after two sets down he rattled on 21 games to 13. Last year Brookes could not see the finish out against Beals Wright, and the natural conclusion is that he is a most brilliant player, but lacks sufficient strength for a hard five-set go. He can, however, hardly be in the pink of condition yet, and there is sufficient time for him to improve considerably before the Davis Cup Contest, which is to be played on the 26th, 27th, and 29th inst. Wilding, by his win, cannot be kept out of the singles, but either Sharp or Dunlop, and as he and Brookes have beaten all comers in the doubles, there is little question that Australasia will be represented by the same team as last year — Brookes and Wilding.

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AN EXCITING CONTEST., Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 118, 15 November 1909

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AN EXCITING CONTEST. Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 118, 15 November 1909

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