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Points won by each set: [ 31-33, 43-48, 35-32, 33-22, 40-34 ]
Points won directly on serve:
21 % Connors – 36 of 168
25 % McEnroe – 46 of 183

One of the most memorable first round matches in the US Open history. Patrick [35] was growing up in the shadow of his older brother watching his many battles vs Connors, also on the same court; so it was a huge dreamlike opportunity for him to confront himself with the US legends in front of the packed crowd in night session. Despite extremely modest career comparing to Connors’ one, the 25-year-old PMac was a slight favorite because the year 1991 marked his breakthrough. Even though he had problems to close out the first two sets, he managed to do this, and led 3:0* (40/0) in the 3rd set. People began to leave the court & he chocked again, but that time with serious consequences. The 14 years older Connors [174] took an advantage of his enormous experience of interacting with the crowd overwhelming his younger compatriot, not losing his serve in the last two sets. McEnroe was six points away from the victory serving at 4-all (30-all) in the mid-set… in the decider he was chasing since dropping the serve at 1-all and created break points in Connors’ last three service games, including a triple BP in the last game. Connors’ astonishing 4-hour 19-minute victory initiated his unbelievable route to the semis… in the fourth round he won another similar match against much younger compatriot, & much better than PMac – Aaron Krickstein.

Serve & volley: Connors 2/6, McEnroe 1/3

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