Fourth title in career of the 20-year-old Lendl, at the time he considered it as the biggest one. He had admittedly defeated Borg in the Toronto final a few months before, but it happened when the Swede retired despite the ‘6-4 4-5’ lead.
Borg, unbeaten in 13 consecutive five-setters, lost second 5-set match within two tournaments (previously at the US Open to McEnroe). He was 7 points away from a straight set loss, then 7 points from a 5-set victory in this 3-hour duel.
Lendl’s route to the title:
1 Pavel Slozil 6-1, 6-1
2 Peter Elter 6-4, 6-4
Q Tomas Smid 6-3, 6-4
S Per Hjertquist 6-1, 6-0
W Bjorn Borg 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4
A few months afterwards, Borg took his revenge defeating Lendl 6-4 6-2 6-2 at the Madison Square Garden (Masters ’80).
I’ve been lately adding to my site one match daily in pictorial form.
When I downloaded the match a few years ago I decided to keep only the last three sets on my DVD.
I can only add that Kodes’ triumph shouldn’t be totally depreciated because in that edition appeared Nastase (who just won French Open) and youngsters Connors & Borg. Admittedly it was before their first major titles, but looking in retrospect I think we can imagine one of them could win Wimbledon ’73…
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