Smooth-stroking Vijay Amritraj earned the right to face Bjorn Borg in Sunday's final of the $200,000 WCT Invitational by virtue of an easy 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Eddie Dibbs today.
Both Dibbs and Jimmy Connors had slim chances of gaining the final, but Armitraj wasted no time in clinching the right to the $100,000 first-place prize. Under the complicated WCT scoring system, Armitraj had to win but one set in his Saturday match with Dibbs. It took less than 35 minutes, as the Indian went on to record the easy victory.
In other Saturday matches, Borg was flawless in a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ilie Nastase, while Connors easily swept past winless John Alexander, 6-3, 6-1.
Amritraj started in a blaze, breaking Dibbs in the second and fourth games en route to a 4-0 lead. The second break was crucial. Dibbs was down love-40 and serving but rallied to deuce.
The cool Amritraj captured the next two points for the break.
The second set was all Amritraj, with breaks in the second and fourth games.
"My play was unbelievable today," Amritraj said following the match. "I was tense and nervous. The only thing I had on my mind was to win the first set. Everything went my way."
Amritraj met Borg in the first match of the tournament, and dropped a hard-fought three-setter. It was only the second meeting. Last spring at Wimbledon, Amritraj pushed Borg to the limit in a five-set, second-round match before bowing 2-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Nastase was not the same performer he was Friday night when forced by WCT officials to default his match with Amritraj. Nevertheless, Nastase was no match for Borg, who easily tamed the unpredictable Romanian.
In direct contrast to Friday night's debacle, Nastase brought cheers instead of jeers to the crown of nearly 5,000.
Conners sent Alexander down to his fifth and last loss of the tournament.
In second set was loaded with service breaks, with Connors breaking the Australian in the second, fourth and seventh games. Alexander broke back in the third game.