Points won by each set: [ 30-26, 37-43, 10-26, 36-31, 44-41 ]
Points won directly on serve:
37 % McEnroe – 60 of 161
13 % Connors – 22 of 163
It’s arguably the best comeback in McEnroe’s  career. The 21-year-old left-hander blew a set point (Connors’  wide-out service winner) in the 2nd set and almost lost 12 games in a row! He seemed downhearted, but from *1:3 (15/30) in the 4th – with the help of the crowd – he managed to win six games in a row! The crucial break in the 4th set he obtained after the longest game of the semifinal (seven deuces). In the final set he led 5:3*, then served to stay in the match at 5:6 (held at ‘love’) to take the ensuing tie-break rather easily 7/3. In the years 1979-1985 he played six US Open semifinals, four of them won in five-setters, that was the first one (in 1983 he lost to John Sadri already in the fourth round).