wb77connors_mcenroe

Points won by each set: | 31-24, 32-25, 32-37, 40-33 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Connors – 28 of 118
29 % McEnroe – 40 of 136

The 18-year-old McEnroe [264] became one of the most unexpected major semifinalists in the Open Era. The American was a qualifier at Wimbledon ’77, playing just fifth (!) main-level event. It seemed the semifinal would be a one-way traffic for Connors [1], but he missed an easy volley at *4:3 (40/30) in the 3rd set, and McEnroe came back taking the set (7 out of 10 games won by receivers) after three consecutive backhand passing-shot winners! # Three years later they will play another Wimbledon semifinal – that time after a similar match in terms of the scoreline McEnroe triumphs.

# Comparison of their two similar scorelines in Wimbly semifinals:
1977: Connors d. McEnroe 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4… 2 hours 35 minutes… Total points: 135-119
1980: McEnroe d. Connors 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4… 3 hours 5 minutes… Total points: 125-116

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