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  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 , 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.