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Mayer Easily Defeats Borg for Seniors Title : Tennis: He needs only slightly more than 90 minutes to score a 6-4, 6-3 victory and earn $25,000.

December 07, 1992|ARA NAJARIAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Sandy Mayer could remember where, but not when he last beat Bjorn Borg.

"I beat him once in Little Rock (Ark.) in 1978 . . . maybe it was 1977," Mayer said. "And I lost to him many, many times."

He might remember this one, a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the final of the Advanta Seniors Tennis tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Club, if only because it happened on Sunday.

And he will have a reminder, a $25,000 check for winning.

The victory was so easy, so fast--the match took slightly more than an hour and a half--that Mayer could hardly believe it. It was so easy that it became difficult to concentrate.

"Sometimes it's more difficult to be up six-love because a player starts playing head games with himself," Mayer said.

"Of course, I would like to win every one, 6-0, but that doesn't happen."

But don't blame him if the thought crossed his mind.

Mayer led the first set, 5-0, before Borg won on his serve in the sixth game. Even that was difficult, as Borg watched four deuces haggle at him.

Borg turned it up a bit and won the next three games, but Mayer volleyed with Borg well enough that a double-fault cost Borg the set in the 10th game.

Borg won the first game of the second set and the crowd, nearly 200 in blustery 58-degree weather, was urging Borg to get back in the match.

But Mayer attacked the net often and his passing shots took away Borg's sweeping strokes and very quickly, Mayer was ahead, 4-1, and on is way to a 6-3 second-set victory.

"What can you do when he hits everything?" Borg said, raising his hands in exasperation. "Compared to (Saturday), I played better, but he played unbelievably well."

Borg seems to be warming to the idea that if he does not return to Grand Slam tennis next year, he might do well as an ambassador for the sport on the senior level.

"I think it's good that several people win. It's boring when one person wins all the time," Borg said. Then, after a pause to let a smile up, "Of course I would prefer to win every one.

"I'm not disappointed. I don't like to lose, but it's not the end of the world. There will be many more matches. Before, 10-15 years ago if I lost a match, then it was like the end of the world."

In the doubles final, John Lloyd and Brian Teacher defeated Peter Fleming and Bob Lutz, 6-3,61.

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