Tennis History: March 14, 1971

On this day in tennis history, Australian tennis legend, Ken Rosewall defeated Arthur Ashe to win the Australian Open.

On March 14, 1971, the second-seeded Rosewall came into the Australian Open final with a chance to make history. If he won, Rosewall would become the first man to win an Open-era Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set. His opponent, the 27-year-old Arthur Ashe, had a chance to defend his Australian Open title. Ashe defeated Dick Crealy the year before.

From the very start of the match, Ken Rosewall proved his dominance over Ashe by winning the first set 6-1. And, in the second and third sets, not much changed. Rosewall won the second and third sets 7-5, 6-3 respectively. 

With this win, Rosewall became the first man to win a Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set in the open era. Since then, several players including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have achieved this feat.

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