1968 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

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1968 Wimbledon Championships
Champion   Australia Rod Laver[1]
Runner-up   Australia Tony Roche[1]
Final score   6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    men    women    seniors
WC Doubles    men    women  
Wimbledon Championships
 < 1967 1969 > 

Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles title at the 1968 Wimbledon Championships. This was the first year when professional tennis players were allowed to compete at the Wimbledon Championships. Previously only amateur tennis players could compete.

John Newcombe was the defending champion, but was defeated in the fourth round by Arthur Ashe.

Seeds[edit]

  1. Australia Rod Laver (Champion)
  2. Australia Ken Rosewall (Fourth round)
  3. Spain Andrés Gimeno (Third round)
  4. Australia John Newcombe (Fourth round)
  5. Australia Roy Emerson (Fourth round)
  6. Spain Manuel Santana (Third round)
  7. Australia Lew Hoad (Third round)
  8. United States Richard Pancho Gonzales (Third round)
  9. United States Dennis Ralston (Quarterfinals)
  10. United States Earl Butch Buchholz (Quarterfinals)
  11. Australia Fred Stolle (Fourth round)
  12. Netherlands Tom Okker (Quarterfinals)
  13. United States Arthur Ashe (Semifinals)
  14. South Africa Cliff Drysdale (Third round)
  15. Australia Tony Roche (Final)
  16. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić (First round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • L = Loser
  • r. = retired

Finals[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                                   
  1  Australia Rod Laver 4 6 6 4 6  
9  United States Dennis Ralston 6 4 4 6 4  
  1  Australia Rod Laver 7 6 6      
  13  United States Arthur Ashe 5 2 4      
13  United States Arthur Ashe 7 9 9 6  
  12  Netherlands Tom Okker 9 7 7 2    
    1  Australia Rod Laver 6 6 6    
  15  Australia Tony Roche 3 4 2    
     United States Clark Graebner 6 6 9      
   South Africa Raymond Moore 2 0 7      
   United States Clark Graebner 7 10 4 6  
  15  Australia Tony Roche 9 8 6 8    
10  United States Earl Butch Buchholz 6 5 4 4  
  15  Australia Tony Roche 3 7 6 6    

Top Half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 Australia R Laver 6 4 6 6  
  United States E Scott 3 6 3 2   1 Australia R Laver 6 6 6    
  Italy G Merlo 4 3 0       United States S Smith 3 4 4    
  United States S Smith 6 6 6     1 Australia R Laver 6 3 7 6  
  Czechoslovakia J Kodeš 2 3 2       United States M Riessen 4 6 5 3  
  United States M Riessen 6 6 6       United States M Riessen          
  United States D Dell 6 3 4 4     New Zealand B Fairlie w/o        
  New Zealand B Fairlie 3 6 6 6   1 Australia R Laver 9 5 6 6  
16 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Pilić 6 5 3 2     United Kingdom M Cox 7 7 2 0  
  United States H Fitzgibbon 3 7 6 6     United States H Fitzgibbon 6 3 9 7 10
  United Kingdom M Cox 7 8 6 6     United Kingdom M Cox 4 6 7 9 12
  South Africa G Forbes 9 6 3 4     United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 6    
  United Kingdom R Becker 2 4 5       France D Contet 3 4 4    
  United States A Fox 6 6 7       United States A Fox w/o        
  France D Contet 3 7 7 7 6   France D Contet          
Q Pakistan H Rahim 6 5 5 9 2

Section 2[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
8 United States RP Gonzales 6 6 6
India R Krishnan 2 4 3 8 United States RP Gonzales 6 6 9
South Africa R Maud 6 6 6 South Africa R Maud 2 4 7
Q South Africa D Schroder 3 2 2 8 United States RP Gonzales 6 4 3 5
Soviet Union A Metreveli 6 6 4 10 Soviet Union A Metreveli 4 6 6 7
Spain M Orantes 2 2 6 8 Soviet Union A Metreveli 6 6 6
France P Beust 4 6 6 7 France P Beust 1 1 1
Australia P Dent 6 3 4 5 Soviet Union A Metreveli 3 5 2
9 United States D Ralston 6 7 8 9 United States D Ralston 6 7 6
Q Australia J Brown 1 5 6 9 United States D Ralston 6 3 7 6 13
United States C Richey 6 8 7 United States C Richey 3 6 9 3 11
Australia B Phillips-Moore 2 6 5 9 United States D Ralston 6 6 6
Denmark J Leschly 6 4 8 6 Brazil J Mandarino 2 4 2
Australia C Stubs 3 6 6 1 Denmark J Leschly 9 8 3
Brazil J Mandarino 6 7 2 6 Brazil J Mandarino 11 10 6
Mexico A Palafox 3 5 6 4

Section 3[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4 Australia J Newcombe 4 6 6 6  
  Australia O Davidson 6 3 4 3   4 Australia J Newcombe 6 6 6    
  South Africa F McMillan 7 7 3 7     Australia J Alexander 1 4 3    
  Australia J Alexander 5 9 6 9   4 Australia J Newcombe 7 6 6    
Q United Kingdom D Lloyd 6 6 10 6   Q United Kingdom D Lloyd 5 0 1    
  France P Darmon 4 4 12 1   Q United Kingdom D Lloyd 6 3 0 6 7
  United Kingdom K Wooldridge 4 4 6 6 6 Q South Africa T Ryan 4 6 6 3 5
Q South Africa T Ryan 6 6 4 2 8 4 Australia J Newcombe 4 4 6 6 3
13 United States A Ashe 6 6 6     13 United States A Ashe 6 6 4 1 6
Q Ecuador E Zuleta 1 2 3     13 United States A Ashe 6 6 9    
  India P Lall 4 4 6 2     Egypt I El Shafei 1 2 7    
  Egypt I El Shafei 6 6 3 6   13 United States A Ashe 11 6 6    
  Australia W Jacques 1 4 2       Sweden ON Bengtson 9 4 1    
  Sweden ON Bengtson 6 6 6       Sweden ON Bengtson 6 5 6 3 12
  Canada KA Carpenter 4 4 13 3     Spain JL Arilla 0 7 4 6 10
  Spain JL Arilla 6 6 11 6  

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
5 Australia R Emerson 6 6 6
United States R Holmberg 2 2 4 5 Australia R Emerson 5 6 6 6
Jamaica DR Russell 5 2 6 Romania I Ţiriac 7 1 2 0
Romania I Ţiriac 7 6 8 5 Australia R Emerson 7 6 6
United States J McManus 4 6 1 3 Peru A Olmedo 5 1 1
Australia K Fletcher 6 2 6 6 Australia K Fletcher 4 7 4 3
Chile P Rodríguez 10 5 3 Peru A Olmedo 6 5 6 6
Peru A Olmedo 12 7 6 5 Australia R Emerson 3 11 5 5
12 Netherlands T Okker 7 3 6 6 12 Netherlands T Okker 6 9 7 7
United Kingdom P Curtis 5 6 2 2 12 Netherlands T Okker 6 6 7
United Kingdom M Sangster 6 6 6 United Kingdom M Sangster 3 0 5
Brazil C Fernandez 0 4 4 12 Netherlands T Okker 8 6 6 6
Q United Kingdom S Matthews 4 9 4 4 Soviet Union V Korotkov 10 2 1 2
Soviet Union V Korotkov 6 7 6 6 Soviet Union V Korotkov 2 7 4 7 7
Chile L Ayala 11 2 4 6 France P Barthes 6 5 6 5 5
France P Barthes 9 6 6 8

Bottom Half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
France R Haillet 9 3 2
Australia T Addison 11 6 6 Australia T Addison 4 6 3 6 6
LL Argentina R Peralta 1 4 3 Greece N Kalogeropoulos 6 1 6 4 3
Greece N Kalogeropoulos 6 6 6 Australia T Addison 3 6 2
United Kingdom G Battrick 4 6 5 11 Australia F Stolle 6 8 6
Australia R Howe 6 8 7 Australia R Howe 1 1 1
France JC Barclay 1 2 2 11 Australia F Stolle 6 6 6
11 Australia F Stolle 6 6 6 11 Australia F Stolle 1 5 5
United States C Graebner 6 6 6 6 11 United States C Graebner 6 7 7
United States R Barth 4 3 8 8 9 United States C Graebner 6 6 6
Japan K Watanabe 2 4 5 Denmark J Ulrich 2 0 4
Denmark J Ulrich 6 6 7 United States C Graebner 9 6 6
Soviet Union S Likhachev 6 7 2 1 2 6 Spain M Santana 7 2 1
United Kingdom G Stilwell 3 5 6 6 6 United Kingdom G Stilwell 7 8 0 4
West Germany H-J Plötz 0 4 2 6 Spain M Santana 5 10 6 6
6 Spain M Santana 6 6 6

Section 6[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  United States T Edlefsen 6 7 7    
Q West Germany J Fassbender 2 5 5       United States T Edlefsen 7 4 6 6  
  Italy N Pietrangeli 4 2 6 6 4 Q United Kingdom G Bluett 5 6 1 2  
Q United Kingdom G Bluett 6 6 2 2 6   United States T Edlefsen 9 4 1 6 6
  South Africa G Garner 2 6 6 7   14 South Africa C Drysdale 7 6 6 4 4
LL Jamaica L Lumsden 6 2 4 5     South Africa G Garner 2 5 6    
  United Kingdom R Wilson 7 3 2     14 South Africa C Drysdale 6 7 8    
14 South Africa C Drysdale 9 6 6       United States T Edlefsen 4 6 1 6 4
  Czechoslovakia J Kukal 3 4 2       South Africa R Moore 6 2 6 3 6
  Australia D Crealy 6 6 6       Australia D Crealy 6 5 3 4  
  South Africa R Moore 6 6 9       South Africa R Moore 3 7 6 6  
  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Spear 1 2 7       South Africa R Moore 4 6 7 2 6
  Poland W Gasiorek 3 1 5     3 Spain A Gimeno 6 3 5 6 2
  Australia W Bowrey 6 6 7       Australia W Bowrey 2 6 7 3  
  Hungary I Gulyás 3 5 4     3 Spain A Gimeno 6 4 9 6  
3 Spain A Gimeno 6 7 6    

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Round four
Q Colombia P Castillo 7 4 2
France G Goven 9 6 6 France G Goven 3 3 6
Soviet Union T Lejus 6 1 8 2 Denmark T Ulrich 6 6 8
Denmark T Ulrich 4 6 10 6 Denmark T Ulrich 7 2 3 1
Czechoslovakia M Holeček 8 6 4 2 5 10 United States EB Buchholz 5 6 6 6
Australia B Carmichael 6 4 6 6 7 Australia B Carmichael 13 4 4 6 2
Australia A Stone 4 2 12 4 10 United States EB Buchholz 11 6 6 1 6
10 United States EB Buchholz 6 6 10 6 10 United States EB Buchholz 6 3 6 6
South Africa B Hewitt 6 8 6 South Africa B Hewitt 4 6 2 2
United Kingdom J Barrett 3 6 4 South Africa B Hewitt 3 6 3 6 12
Brazil T Koch 6 6 11 6 Brazil T Koch 6 4 6 3 10
Italy G Di Maso 3 2 13 0 South Africa B Hewitt 6 9 1 6 6
Ecuador PJF Guzman 11 1 8 6 6 7 Australia L Hoad 3 11 6 3 3
United States R Lutz 13 6 6 3 4 Ecuador PJF Guzman 6 1 4
India J Mukherjea 3 4 2 7 Australia L Hoad 8 6 6
7 Australia L Hoad 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
LL United Kingdom C Iles 7 3 6 7  
  France J Courcol 5 6 3 5   LL United Kingdom C Iles 4 2 3    
  Chile P Cornejo 2 1 2       Australia R Ruffels 6 6 6    
  Australia R Ruffels 6 6 6       Australia R Ruffels 4 1 3    
  United States J Osborne 4 7 10 6 6 15 Australia T Roche 6 6 6    
  United Kingdom M Davies 6 9 8 1 3   United States J Osborne 4 0 2    
  Australia R Keldie 3 1 5     15 Australia T Roche 6 6 6    
15 Australia T Roche 6 6 6     15 Australia T Roche 9 6 6    
  United Kingdom P Hutchins 3 7 10     2 Australia K Rosewall 7 3 2    
  New Zealand O Parun 6 9 12       New Zealand O Parun 2 3 14 6 6
  United Kingdom A Mills 4 2 3       United Kingdom R Taylor 6 6 12 4 4
  United Kingdom R Taylor 6 6 6       New Zealand O Parun 4 6 3 2  
  United States C Pasarell 6 7 3 6 2 Australia K Rosewall 6 3 6 6  
Q Belgium P Hombergen 3 5 6 3     United States C Pasarell 9 1 8 2 3
  South Africa A Segal 3 4 4     2 Australia K Rosewall 7 6 6 6 5
2 Australia K Rosewall 6 6 6    

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. p. 368. ISBN 0007117078. 

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