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MR. SMITH GOES TO BUCHAREST
Curry Kirkpatrick
October 23, 1972
And back with him comes the Davis Cup after a confrontation with Nasty and Dracula and other Rumanian horrors terrifying to a lesser man
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October 23, 1972

Mr. Smith Goes To Bucharest

And back with him comes the Davis Cup after a confrontation with Nasty and Dracula and other Rumanian horrors terrifying to a lesser man

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"Bitch," Nastase said to Candy Van Alen. "I pay you five dollars," he told Jimmy. "You get out."

The Van Alens stayed to watch Nastase and Tiriac lose 11 straight games and the match 6-2, 6-0, 6-3. Tiriac, looking stiff after his theatrics of the night before, held service only one time, while Nastase stayed out of position much of the afternoon and was a pitiful target the rest. It was over in 67 minutes and with it went all Rumanian hopes for the cup.

The American winners had the usual worn phrases prepared about team and spirit and sacrifices being "worth it," but that is the kind of stuff that truly makes the difference in the Davis Cup. Nastase and Tiriac might take note. While they were being routed in the doubles, they stopped speaking. From the fifth game forward, Nastase refused to wait for Tiriac as the teams changed courts. Finally it had come down to that. The Rumanians were swindling each other.

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