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THE FIFTH SET

Australia, 2000 (MIFF 2000, Australian Showcase)

Director: Sue Thompson

2000 marks the 100th anniversary of The Davis Cup, the world's most prestigious tennis trophy. Using rare archival footage and new interviews with Australia's stars of yesteryear and today, The Fifth Set is a documentary for tennis lovers or anyone who shares the nation's determination for excellence. Through early success Australia's tennis players became known internationally for their sportsmanship - the ideal of the fair-minded, bronzed Aussie took hold, and still has a firm hold on our psyche. Recounting the golden era of the 1950s, where Australia won the Cup 15 times in 18 years, Neale Fraser, Frank Sedgman and John Newcombe shed light, in brand new interviews, on one of our nations most celebrated sporting eras. Younger players such as Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt describe their pride in representing their country and the euphoria of victory in 1999. The Fifth Set is a jubilant recollection of the symbiotic relationship between Australia and one of the most famous sporting cups in the world.

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