This Day In Sport – September 9

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They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day on the Ladbrokes Blog.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

2016 – Another Hawks Cats Classic

Geelong and Hawthorn added another exciting chapter in their epic rivalry with the Cats getting up by two-points in the 2016 Qualifying Final.

In a game for the ages, Hawk Isaac Smith had the chance to kick the sealer and put Hawthorn into a Preliminary Final as the brown and gold were looking to make it four flags in a row.

Smith had marked a chip-kick from Luke Bruest 40m out from goal with just seconds remaining on the clock.

With a sly smile, Smith tried to get his time over the line but the kick was off target.

Geelong celebrated in triumph while the loss was absolutley devistating for Hawthorn.

The Cats would progress to a preliminary final and Hawthorn would live to fight another day against the red-hot Western Bulldogs in a do-or-die semi final the next week.

Final score – Geelong 12-13 (85) def. Hawthorn 12-11 (83) infront of 87,533 at the MCG.

1969 – Rocket Rod’s Second Grand Slam

In an all-Australian US Open final, “Rocket” Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to record his second grand slam of his storied career.

Laver had won his first Grand Slam – winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open’s as an amateur back in 1962.

He went into the US Open with a 23 match winning streak but also had the added pressure of his wife giving birth on the same day as the final – the 9th of September.

The four set win over Roache completed argubaly the best year of his career having won 18 of the 32 singles tournmanets he entered (still the Open era titles record) with a combined total of 106-16 win loss record.

Laver won a total of $124,000 US in prize money, making him the first player to break over $100,000 US in a year.

Originally scheduled for the Sunday, the 1969 US Open mens final was washed out resulting in the two players having to come back on the Monday.

From the outset, Laver had control of the game from the first set and Roche never stood a chance having already strained his thigh musccles.

Laver would run Roche to the ground over the four sets.

At the completion of the match, Laver leapt across the net to celebrate as he had made tennis history.

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