masters80borg_connors

masters80borg_connors

Points won by each set: [ 35-29, 47-49, 36-26 ]
Points won directly on serve:
19 % Borg – 24 of 125
7 % Connors – 7 of 97

In the 1979-80 seasons, Borg defeated Connors eight times, and the only two tight matches occurred at Madison Square Garden in New York where Connors could count on additional support which always boosted his energy. Their semifinal ’80 (yet played in January ’81) was quite strange – despite fast court there were break points in 17 out of the 31 non-TB games, the loser created even more opportunieties. In the opener Borg [1] came back twice from 15/40 on serve to lead *5:2. In the 2nd set Connors [3] gave his all, he saved a mini-match point at 4-all, then at 5:4 he lost the longest game of the match (six deuces) wasting two set points, but took the breaker 7 points to 4. It cost him a lot, he was weakened at the beginning of the decider, Borg even thought that won the set 6-1 when Connors’ backhand found the baseline, and strange things happened then. The Swede lost his concentration and Connors almost erased a double break deficit, in the last game of the match he had two break points: first Borg served an ace, then played a decent volley, but Connors missed his exceptionally good on that day backhand being in quite comfortable position from which he probably could win 8 of 10 points. The American later said about that crucial rally: “I saw him come to the net. I said to myself ‘I got it’, I was going to go straight at him and changed my mind in the last second.”

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