1968 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

1968 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

1968 Wimbledon Championships
Champion   Rod Laver[1]
Runner-up   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

  1. Rod Laver (Champion)
  2. Ken Rosewall (Fourth round)
  3. Andrés Gimeno (Third round)
  4. John Newcombe (Fourth round)
  5. Roy Emerson (Fourth round)
  6. Manuel Santana (Third round)
  7. Lew Hoad (Third round)
  8. Richard Pancho Gonzales (Third round)
  9. Dennis Ralston (Quarterfinals)
  10. Earl 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)

Draw

Key

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

Finals

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                                   
  1   Rod Laver 4 6 6 4 6  
9   Dennis Ralston 6 4 4 6 4  
  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      
    Raymond Moore 2 0 7      
    Clark Graebner 7 10 4 6  
  15   Tony Roche 9 8 6 8    
10   Earl Butch Buchholz 6 5 4 4  
  15   Tony Roche 3 7 6 6    

Top Half

Section 1

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 R Laver 6 4 6 6  
  E Scott 3 6 3 2   1 R Laver 6 6 6    
  G Merlo 4 3 0       S Smith 3 4 4    
  S Smith 6 6 6     1 R Laver 6 3 7 6  
  J Kodeš 2 3 2       M Riessen 4 6 5 3  
  M Riessen 6 6 6       M Riessen          
  D Dell 6 3 4 4     B Fairlie w/o        
  B Fairlie 3 6 6 6   1 R Laver 9 5 6 6  
16 N Pilić 6 5 3 2     M Cox 7 7 2 0  
  H Fitzgibbon 3 7 6 6     H Fitzgibbon 6 3 9 7 10
  M Cox 7 8 6 6     M Cox 4 6 7 9 12
  G Forbes 9 6 3 4     M Cox 6 6 6    
  R Becker 2 4 5       D Contet 3 4 4    
  A Fox 6 6 7       A Fox w/o        
  D Contet 3 7 7 7 6   D Contet          
Q H Rahim 6 5 5 9 2

Section 2

First round Second round Third round Round four
8 RP Gonzales 6 6 6
R Krishnan 2 4 3 8 RP Gonzales 6 6 9
R Maud 6 6 6 R Maud 2 4 7
Q D Schroder 3 2 2 8 RP Gonzales 6 4 3 5
A Metreveli 6 6 4 10 A Metreveli 4 6 6 7
M Orantes 2 2 6 8 A Metreveli 6 6 6
P Beust 4 6 6 7 P Beust 1 1 1
P Dent 6 3 4 5 A Metreveli 3 5 2
9 D Ralston 6 7 8 9 D Ralston 6 7 6
Q J Brown 1 5 6 9 D Ralston 6 3 7 6 13
C Richey 6 8 7 C Richey 3 6 9 3 11
B Phillips-Moore 2 6 5 9 D Ralston 6 6 6
J Leschly 6 4 8 6 J Mandarino 2 4 2
C Stubs 3 6 6 1 J Leschly 9 8 3
J Mandarino 6 7 2 6 J Mandarino 11 10 6
A Palafox 3 5 6 4

Section 3

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4 J Newcombe 4 6 6 6  
  O Davidson 6 3 4 3   4 J Newcombe 6 6 6    
  F McMillan 7 7 3 7     J Alexander 1 4 3    
  J Alexander 5 9 6 9   4 J Newcombe 7 6 6    
Q D Lloyd 6 6 10 6   Q D Lloyd 5 0 1    
  P Darmon 4 4 12 1   Q D Lloyd 6 3 0 6 7
  K Wooldridge 4 4 6 6 6 Q T Ryan 4 6 6 3 5
Q T Ryan 6 6 4 2 8 4 J Newcombe 4 4 6 6 3
13 A Ashe 6 6 6     13 A Ashe 6 6 4 1 6
Q E Zuleta 1 2 3     13 A Ashe 6 6 9    
  P Lall 4 4 6 2     I El Shafei 1 2 7    
  I El Shafei 6 6 3 6   13 A Ashe 11 6 6    
  W Jacques 1 4 2       ON Bengtson 9 4 1    
  ON Bengtson 6 6 6       ON Bengtson 6 5 6 3 12
  KA Carpenter 4 4 13 3     JL Arilla 0 7 4 6 10
  JL Arilla 6 6 11 6  

Section 4

First round Second round Third round Round four
5 R Emerson 6 6 6
R Holmberg 2 2 4 5 R Emerson 5 6 6 6
DR Russell 5 2 6 I Ţiriac 7 1 2 0
I Ţiriac 7 6 8 5 R Emerson 7 6 6
J McManus 4 6 1 3 A Olmedo 5 1 1
K Fletcher 6 2 6 6 K Fletcher 4 7 4 3
P Rodríguez 10 5 3 A Olmedo 6 5 6 6
A Olmedo 12 7 6 5 R Emerson 3 11 5 5
12 T Okker 7 3 6 6 12 T Okker 6 9 7 7
P Curtis 5 6 2 2 12 T Okker 6 6 7
M Sangster 6 6 6 M Sangster 3 0 5
C Fernandez 0 4 4 12 T Okker 8 6 6 6
Q S Matthews 4 9 4 4 V Korotkov 10 2 1 2
V Korotkov 6 7 6 6 V Korotkov 2 7 4 7 7
L Ayala 11 2 4 6 P Barthes 6 5 6 5 5
P Barthes 9 6 6 8

Bottom Half

Section 5

First round Second round Third round Round four
R Haillet 9 3 2
T Addison 11 6 6 T Addison 4 6 3 6 6
LL R Peralta 1 4 3 N Kalogeropoulos 6 1 6 4 3
N Kalogeropoulos 6 6 6 T Addison 3 6 2
G Battrick 4 6 5 11 F Stolle 6 8 6
R Howe 6 8 7 R Howe 1 1 1
JC Barclay 1 2 2 11 F Stolle 6 6 6
11 F Stolle 6 6 6 11 F Stolle 1 5 5
C Graebner 6 6 6 6 11 C Graebner 6 7 7
R Barth 4 3 8 8 9 C Graebner 6 6 6
K Watanabe 2 4 5 J Ulrich 2 0 4
J Ulrich 6 6 7 C Graebner 9 6 6
S Likhachev 6 7 2 1 2 6 M Santana 7 2 1
G Stilwell 3 5 6 6 6 G Stilwell 7 8 0 4
H-J Plötz 0 4 2 6 M Santana 5 10 6 6
6 M Santana 6 6 6

Section 6

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  T Edlefsen 6 7 7    
Q J Fassbender 2 5 5       T Edlefsen 7 4 6 6  
  N Pietrangeli 4 2 6 6 4 Q G Bluett 5 6 1 2  
Q G Bluett 6 6 2 2 6   T Edlefsen 9 4 1 6 6
  G Garner 2 6 6 7   14 C Drysdale 7 6 6 4 4
LL L Lumsden 6 2 4 5     G Garner 2 5 6    
  R Wilson 7 3 2     14 C Drysdale 6 7 8    
14 C Drysdale 9 6 6       T Edlefsen 4 6 1 6 4
  J Kukal 3 4 2       R Moore 6 2 6 3 6
  D Crealy 6 6 6       D Crealy 6 5 3 4  
  R Moore 6 6 9       R Moore 3 7 6 6  
  N Spear 1 2 7       R Moore 4 6 7 2 6
  W Gasiorek 3 1 5     3 A Gimeno 6 3 5 6 2
  W Bowrey 6 6 7       W Bowrey 2 6 7 3  
  I Gulyás 3 5 4     3 A Gimeno 6 4 9 6  
3 A Gimeno 6 7 6    

Section 7

First round Second round Third round Round four
Q P Castillo 7 4 2
G Goven 9 6 6 G Goven 3 3 6
T Lejus 6 1 8 2 T Ulrich 6 6 8
T Ulrich 4 6 10 6 T Ulrich 7 2 3 1
M Holeček 8 6 4 2 5 10 EB Buchholz 5 6 6 6
B Carmichael 6 4 6 6 7 B Carmichael 13 4 4 6 2
A Stone 4 2 12 4 10 EB Buchholz 11 6 6 1 6
10 EB Buchholz 6 6 10 6 10 EB Buchholz 6 3 6 6
B Hewitt 6 8 6 B Hewitt 4 6 2 2
J Barrett 3 6 4 B Hewitt 3 6 3 6 12
T Koch 6 6 11 6 T Koch 6 4 6 3 10
G Di Maso 3 2 13 0 B Hewitt 6 9 1 6 6
PJF Guzman 11 1 8 6 6 7 L Hoad 3 11 6 3 3
R Lutz 13 6 6 3 4 PJF Guzman 6 1 4
J Mukherjea 3 4 2 7 L Hoad 8 6 6
7 L Hoad 6 6 6

Section 8

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

References

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

External links

  • Wimbledon (1968) on ATPtennis.com
  • Wimbledon (1968) on tenniscorner.net