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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 13-28, 30-22, 10-26, 32-26, 26-11 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    40 % Zivojinovic – 44 of 110
    37 % McEnroe – 43 of 1114

    One of the weirdest five-setters of the Open era…
    In this 2-hour-25-minute grass-court encounter between the Top 5 servers at the time, there was as many as 15 breaks of serve (!) and just 224 points played. McEnroe led 3:0* in the 2nd set when lost seven straight games, then won six in a row. From 4:5* in the 4th set, McEnroe [2] again notched a 7-game losing streak, and was booed by the spectators as he left the court. Earlier in the 4th set, trailing *0:2, he was arguing two minutes with umpires, in the meantime Slobodan Zivojinovic [66] went to the stands to eat a sandwich with some fans! It was the first major semifinal for the 22-year-old Yugoslavian player. He also reached Wimbledon ’86 semifinal still not having won a main-level title! McEnroe miraculously advanced to that bizarre quarterfinal – in the 3-hour-30-minute fourth round match against Henri Leconte (5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1), trailed 1:5 in the 4th set tie-break… In his autobiographic book ‘You cannot be serious’, McEnroe suggests he came to Melbourne in a bad mental state due to the fact his pregnant girlfriend accompanied him, and he didn’t put too much effort in his four matches played at the Australian Open ’85. The loss to “Bobo” turned allegedly into some kind of relief that the season was ended (at the time Aussie Open held in December)…

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