Points won directly behind the serve:
30 % Courier – 26 of 86
17 % McEnroe – 19 of 108

In the very long 3rd set (three overtime changes of ends due to different reasons) Courier [1] lost his serve leading 1:0, but held his next five games easily, and took the tie-break 7/1. McEnroe’s 78th & last match at the US Open (record: 66-12). Tony Trabert, the best player in the world of 1953, commentating the match said on Courier: “Marvelous display of power tennis” and I agree with that statement. It was a brutal clash of modern tennis of the 90s embodied in the hyper-fit Courier, juxtaposed with “archaic” tennis of the 80s. However, a few months before the US Open, 33-year-old McEnroe [18] unexpectedly reached the Wimbledon semifinal and said he’d be able to play another Grand Slam final. Perhaps the lopsided loss to Courier partially contributed to McEnroe’s decision in Autumn ’92 to call the 1992 season as the last one in his professional career…

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