1968 Wimbledon Championships – Men's singles

Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche in the final, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 to win the gentlemen's singles tennis title at the 1968 Wimbledon Championships.[1] It was the first edition of Wimbledon open to professional tennis players, a period in tennis history known as the Open Era.

Men's singles
1968 Wimbledon Championships
ChampionAustralia Rod Laver
Runner-upAustralia Tony Roche
Final score6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Details
Draw128(10 Q )
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
← 1967 · Wimbledon Championships · 1969 →

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

SeedsEdit

01.     Rod Laver (champion)
02.     Ken Rosewall (fourth round)
03.     Andrés Gimeno (third round)
04.     John Newcombe (fourth round)
05.     Roy Emerson (fourth round)
06.     Manuel Santana (third round)
07.     Lew Hoad (third round)
08.     Pancho Gonzales (third round)
09.     Dennis Ralston (quarterfinals)
10.     Butch Buchholz (quarterfinals)
11.     Fred Stolle (fourth round)
12.     Tom Okker (quarterfinals)
13.     Arthur Ashe (semifinals)
14.     Cliff Drysdale (third round)
15.     Tony Roche (final)
16.     Nikola Pilić (first round)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

QualifyingEdit

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                     
1   Rod Laver 4 6 6 4 6
9   Dennis Ralston 6 3 1 6 2
1   Rod Laver 7 6 6
13   Arthur Ashe 5 2 4
13   Arthur Ashe 7 9 9 6
12   Tom Okker 9 7 7 2
1   Rod Laver 6 6 6
15   Tony Roche 3 4 2
  Clark Graebner 6 6 9
  Ray Moore 2 0 7
  Clark Graebner 7 10 4 6
15   Tony Roche 9 8 6 8
10   Butch Buchholz 6 5 4 4
15   Tony Roche 3 7 6 6

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1   Rod Laver 6 4 6 6
  Gene Scott 3 6 3 2 1   R Laver 6 6 6
  Giuseppe Merlo 4 3 0   S Smith 3 4 4
  Stan Smith 6 6 6 1   R Laver 6 3 7 6
  Jan Kodeš 2 3 2   M Riessen 4 6 5 3
  Marty Riessen 6 6 6   M Riessen
  Donald Dell 6 3 4 4   B Fairlie w/o
  Brian Fairlie 3 6 6 6 1   R Laver 9 5 6 6
16   Nikola Pilić 6 5 3 2   M Cox 7 7 2 0
  Herb Fitzgibbon 3 7 6 6   H Fitzgibbon 6 3 9 7 10
  Mark Cox 7 8 6 6   M Cox 4 6 7 9 12
  Gordon Forbes 9 6 3 4   M Cox 6 6 6
  Roger Becker 2 4 5   D Contet 3 4 4
  Allen Fox 6 6 7   A Fox w/o
  Daniel Contet 3 7 7 7 6   D Contet
Q   Haroon Rahim 6 5 5 9 2

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
8   Pancho Gonzales 6 6 6
  Ramanathan Krishnan 2 4 3 8   R Gonzales 6 6 9
  Bob Maud 6 6 6   R Maud 2 4 7
Q   Derek Schroder 3 2 2 8   R Gonzales 6 4 3 5
  Alex Metreveli 6 6 4 10   A Metreveli 4 6 6 7
  Manuel Orantes 2 2 6 8   A Metreveli 6 6 6
  Patrice Beust 4 6 6 7   P Beust 1 1 1
  Phil Dent 6 3 4 5   A Metreveli 3 5 2
9   Dennis Ralston 6 7 8 9   D Ralston 6 7 6
Q   John Brown 1 5 6 9   D Ralston 6 3 7 6 13
  Cliff Richey 6 8 7   C Richey 3 6 9 3 11
  Barry Phillips-Moore 2 6 5 9   D Ralston 6 6 6
  Jan Leschly 6 3 8 6   JE Mandarino 2 4 2
  Colin Stubs 2 6 6 1   J Leschly 9 8 3
  José Edison Mandarino 6 7 2 6   JE Mandarino 11 10 6
  Antonio Palafox 3 5 6 4

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
4   John Newcombe 4 6 6 6
  Owen Davidson 6 3 4 3 4   J Newcombe 6 6 6
  Frew McMillan 7 7 3 7   J Alexander 1 4 3
  John Alexander 5 9 6 9 4   J Newcombe 7 6 6
Q   David Lloyd 6 6 10 6 Q   D Lloyd 5 0 1
  Pierre Darmon 4 4 12 1 Q   D Lloyd 6 3 0 6 7
  Keith Wooldridge 4 4 6 6 6 Q   T Ryan 4 6 6 3 5
Q   Terry Ryan 6 6 4 2 8 4   J Newcombe 4 4 6 6 3
13   Arthur Ashe 6 6 6 13   A Ashe 6 6 4 1 6
Q   Eduardo Zuleta 1 2 3 13   A Ashe 6 6 9
  Premjit Lall 4 4 6 2   I El Shafei 1 2 7
  Ismail El Shafei 6 6 3 6 13   A Ashe 11 6 6
  Warren Jacques 1 4 2   O Bengtson 9 4 1
  Ove Bengtson 6 6 6   O Bengtson 6 5 6 3 12
  Keith Carpenter 4 4 13 3   JL Arilla 0 7 4 6 10
  José Luis Arilla 6 6 11 6

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
5   Roy Emerson 6 6 6
  Ronnie Holmberg 2 2 4 5   R Emerson 5 6 6 6
  Richard Russell 5 2 6   I Țiriac 7 1 2 0
  Ion Țiriac 7 6 8 5   R Emerson 7 6 6
  Jim McManus 4 6 1 3   A Olmedo 5 1 1
  Ken Fletcher 6 2 6 6   K Fletcher 4 7 4 3
  Patricio Rodríguez 10 5 3   A Olmedo 6 5 6 6
  Alex Olmedo 12 7 6 5   R Emerson 3 11 5 5
12   Tom Okker 7 3 6 6 12   T Okker 6 9 7 7
  Peter Curtis 5 6 2 2 12   T Okker 6 6 7
  Mike Sangster 6 6 6   M Sangster 3 0 5
  Carlos Fernandes 0 4 4 12   T Okker 8 6 6 6
Q   Stanley Matthews 4 9 4 4   V Korotkov 10 2 1 2
  Vladimir Korotkov 6 7 6 6   V Korotkov 2 7 4 7 7
  Luis Ayala 11 2 4 6   P Barthès 6 5 6 5 5
  Pierre Barthès 9 6 6 8

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
  Robert Haillet 9 3 2
  Terry Addison 11 6 6   T Addison 4 6 3 6 6
LL   Raúl Peralta 1 4 3   N Kalogeropoulos 6 1 6 4 3
  Nicholas Kalogeropoulos 6 6 6   T Addison 3 6 2
  Gerald Battrick 4 6 5 11   F Stolle 6 8 6
  Bob Howe 6 8 7   R Howe 1 1 1
  Jean-Claude Barclay 1 2 2 11   F Stolle 6 6 6
11   Fred Stolle 6 6 6 11   F Stolle 1 5 5
  Clark Graebner 6 6 6 6 11   C Graebner 6 7 7
  Roy Barth 4 3 8 8 9   C Graebner 6 6 6
  Koji Watanabe 2 4 5   J Ulrich 2 0 4
  Jørgen Ulrich 6 6 7   C Graebner 9 6 6
  Sergei Likhachev 6 7 2 1 2 6   M Santana 7 2 1
  Graham Stilwell 3 5 6 6 6   G Stilwell 7 8 0 4
  Hans-Joachim Plötz 0 4 2 6   M Santana 5 10 6 6
6   Manuel Santana 6 6 6

Section 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
  Tom Edlefsen 6 7 7
Q   Jürgen Fassbender 2 5 5   T Edlefsen 7 4 6 6
  Nicola Pietrangeli 4 2 6 6 4 Q   G Bluett 5 6 1 2
Q   Geoffrey Bluett 6 6 2 2 6   T Edlefsen 9 4 1 6 6
  Graydon Garner 2 6 6 7 14   C Drysdale 7 6 6 4 4
LL   Lance Lumsden 6 2 4 5   G Garner 2 5 6
  Bobby Wilson 7 3 2 14   C Drysdale 6 7 8
14   Cliff Drysdale 9 6 6   T Edlefsen 4 6 1 6 4
  Jan Kukal 3 4 2   R Moore 6 2 6 3 6
  Dick Crealy 6 6 6   R Crealy 6 5 3 4
  Ray Moore 6 6 9   R Moore 3 7 6 6
  Nikola Špear 1 2 7   R Moore 4 6 7 2 6
  Wiesław Gąsiorek 3 1 5 3   A Gimeno 6 3 5 6 2
  Bill Bowrey 6 6 7   W Bowrey 2 6 7 3
  István Gulyás 3 5 4 3   A Gimeno 6 4 9 6
3   Andrés Gimeno 6 7 6

Section 7Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
LL   Pancho Castillo 7 4 2
  Georges Goven 9 6 6   G Goven 3 3 6
  Toomas Leius 6 1 8 2   T Ulrich 6 6 8
  Torben Ulrich 4 6 10 6   T Ulrich 7 2 3 1
  Milan Holeček 8 6 4 2 5 10   E Buchholz 5 6 6 6
  Bob Carmichael 6 4 6 6 7   R Carmichael 13 4 4 6 2
  Allan Stone 4 2 12 4 10   E Buchholz 11 6 6 1 6
10   Butch Buchholz 6 6 10 6 10   E Buchholz 6 3 6 6
  Bob Hewitt 6 8 6   R Hewitt 4 6 2 2
  John Barrett 3 6 4   R Hewitt 3 6 3 6 12
  Thomaz Koch 6 6 11 6   T Koch 6 4 6 3 10
  Gaetano Di Maso 3 2 13 0   R Hewitt 6 9 1 6 6
  Pancho Guzmán 11 1 8 6 6 7   L Hoad 3 11 6 3 3
  Bob Lutz 13 6 6 3 4   F Guzmán 6 1 4
  Jaidip Mukerjea 3 4 2 7   L Hoad 8 6 6
7   Lew Hoad 6 6 6

Section 8Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
LL   Clay Iles 7 3 6 7
  Jean-Pierre Courcol 5 6 3 5 LL   C Iles 4 2 3
  Patricio Cornejo 2 1 2   R Ruffels 6 6 6
  Ray Ruffels 6 6 6   R Ruffels 4 1 3
  Jim Osborne 4 7 10 6 6 15   A Roche 6 6 6
  Mike Davies 6 9 8 1 3   J Osborne 4 0 2
  Ray Keldie 3 1 5 15   A Roche 6 6 6
15   Tony Roche 6 6 6 15   A Roche 9 6 6
  Paul Hutchins 3 7 10 2   K Rosewall 7 3 2
  Onny Parun 6 9 12   O Parun 2 3 14 6 6
  Alan Mills 4 2 3   R Taylor 6 6 12 4 4
  Roger Taylor 6 6 6   O Parun 4 6 3 2
  Charlie Pasarell 6 7 3 6 2   K Rosewall 6 3 6 6
Q   Patrick Hombergen 3 5 6 3   C Pasarell 9 1 8 2 3
  Abe Segal 3 4 4 2   K Rosewall 7 6 6 6 6
2   Ken Rosewall 6 6 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barrett, John (2014). Wimbledon: The Official History (4th ed.). Vision Sports Publishing. ISBN 9-781909-534230.

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