Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to masters79borg_mcenroe

  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 44-48, 34-27, 45-35 |
    First serve percentage: Borg 63%, Mac 51%

    It was a semifinal like a premature final between two best players in the world: the Wimbledon champion (Borg) and the US Open & defending champion (McEnroe). Borg led 4:2* in the 1st set, in the 3rd he was two points away from defeat at 30-all in games 10 & 12. The decisive tie-break McEnroe opened with an ace, only to lose seven straight points. For McEnroe it was his second consecutive defeat in the third set tie-break; two days before he’d lost to Vitas Gerulaitis 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-7(4) squandering a match point. Gerulaitis [4], who had defeated Jimmy Connors in the semifinals, was easily outplayed by Borg in the final. The Swede extended his H2H vs Gerulaitis to 11-0 at the time.

    Borg’s route to the title:
    rr Jose Higueras 6-2, 6-0
    rr Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
    rr Roscoe Tanner 6-3, 6-3
    S John McEnroe 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(1)
    W Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-2

Leave a Reply