US Open 1959,1960
Neale Fraser may not have had as much natural talent as some of his illustrious contemporaries such as Sedgman, Hoad and Rosewall but he had a good serve and was very persistent. Fraser made it through to the semis of the 1956 Australian Open where he lost to Lew Hoad in straight sets. At the US Open he lost to Hoad in the semis. He beat Hoad in the semis of the 1957 Australian in four sets before losing in four sets to his nemesis Ashley Cooper. At Wimbledon he lost to Cooper in four sets in the semis. At the 1958 Australian Open Fraser beat Roy Emerson in the quarters before losing to Cooper in four sets in the semis. At Wimbledon Fraser beat Sven Davidson 8-6 fifth set and Kurt Neilsen in four sets before losing to Cooper in four sets in the final and lost to Cooper again at the US Open in the semis. Fraser was probably relieved when Cooper turned pro at the end of the year. Fraser lost in the final of the 1959 Australian Open to Olmedo in four sets. At the French Open he lost in the semis to Nicky Pietrangeli in straight sets. At the US Open Fraser beat Olmedo in four sets in the final to take his first Grand Slam title. In the 1960 Australian Open final Fraser held match points against Rod Laver in an epic match but ended up losing 5-7,3-6,6-3,8-6,8-6. At Wimbledon Fraser was two sets to one down and 15-15 in the fourth set when his opponent Butch Buchholz had to retire. He gained revenge over Laver in the final, winning in four sets and beat Laver in straight sets in the final of the U.S. Open. Defending his Wimbledon title in 1961, Fraser lost in the fourth round to Bobby Wilson in four sets. At the 1962 Australian Fraser lost to Emerson in straight sets in the semis. At the French and Wimbledon he lost to Laver in the semis. Then Fraser went into semi retirement. His last Grand Slam match was at Wimbledon in 1975 when he lost in the round one to Onny Parun. Fraser was Australia's Davis Cup captain from 1970-1994, in which period Australia won the cup four times. In 2000 Fraser attended the Wimbledon Champions Parade.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Anderson 1-1, A.Cooper 0-6, S.Davidson 1-0, R.Emerson 1-1, B.Falkenburg 1-0, L.Hoad 1-2, R.Laver 2-3, C.McKinley 1-0, A.Olmedo 2-1, M.Orantes 0-1, R.Osuna 1-1, A.Panatta 0-1, B.Patty 2-0, N.Pietrangeli 1-1, M.Rose 0-1, D.Savitt 0-1, V.Seixas 0-4, F.Stolle 1-0, T.Trabert 0-1
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