philadelphia85mecir_connors

Points won by each set: [ 45-48, 33-28, 34-29 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
13 % Mecir – 15 of 114
18 % Connors – 19 of 103

The biggest win in Mecir’s [61] career at the time. After 2-hour 24-minute encounter he advanced to his 4th final (lost it to John McEnroe). It was their first meeting and Connors [2] was very frustrated throughout the match because the unorthodox Mecir was dictating the pace of rallies, preventing the four-time champion of the event from hitting baseline winners & attacking the net with ease. The 21-year-old (Czecho)Slovak saved five break points in his opening 7-deuce service game, led 4:2* (30/15), but lost the long set. In the 2nd set he broke twice, and thrice in the decider, in which Connors cut the deficit from 1:4* to have a break point for 4-all. “I was a little nervous in the beginning, but after we played a few games I learned that he was not that dangerous,” said Mecir. “I first saw Jimmy playing at Wimbledon on TV when I was about five. He was a hero to me then. I never dreamed that I would be playing him one day. But playing him today, he was just a normal person to me.”

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