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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    The Wilander-Connors stats without the first three games (88%), Sundstrom-McEnroe only up to 10-all in the 1st set (46%).

    Two multiple Grand Slam champions, Wilander [4] & Connors [2] spent more or less 10 years together on tour but met just five times, it was their third meeting. In the 1st set, Wilander won a 44-stroke rally at *3:1 (0/40)! In the middle of the 3rd set Connors argued with the chair-umpire at the change of ends and got a point penalty; trailing *3:4 (30/0) he missed a backhand and said “God damn it! Fuck!”. He got another code violation for audible obscenity, and this time it meant a game for Wilander, even though he was three points away from winning that game. Connors remains the only great champion who didn’t win the Davis Cup…

    Sundstrom’s 3-hour 41-minute victory over McEnroe [1] – a shocker. McEnroe was in a form of life in 1984, virtually unbeatable, entered the contest having lost hardly 3 matches that year! The American squandered double set points twice: at 8:7* & 11:10, Sundstrom [7] was serving at 10:9 (the set lasted two hours)… In the 3rd set, McEnroe led *3:1 (40/30), Sundstrom passed him with a cross-court backhand and took the final five games, passing BigMac on his first match point once again off his backhand side. The 20-year-old Sundstrom became a Davis Cup hero that year, in the semifinal vs Czechoslovakia he had defeated Ivan Lendl in five sets (third best player in the world at the time). Unfortunately chronic injuries forced him to retire five years later…

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