Points won by each set: | 37-37, 35-32, 33-25 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
29 % Connors – 30 of 103
39 % Zivojinovic – 39 of 96

Zivojinovic [21], along with Yannick Noah, Kevin Curren & Boris Becker, was the most powerful server in the mid 80s, Connors was the best returner though. Connors had huge problems with Curren, never defeated Becker, but dealt very well with the Frenchman & the Yugoslav… The Wimbledon match on court no. 1 it was their fifth (and last) meeting, the American had some problems only in their first encounter (6-2, 6-7, 6-3) when squandered two match points in the tie-break. He didn’t drop a set in another four meetings. Until 5-all in the 2nd set, Zivojinovic had won more points, but the luck was not on his side. In the opener he served as many as 10 aces, and “delivered” another one facing a set point in the tie-break, but it was net; the point was repeated, the Yugoslav changed the service direction, Connors read it and won the opener 7/5. At 2-all in the 2nd set “Bobo” had a break point at 2-all, Connors lost his balance on the baseline, yet managed to pass when his forehand landed near the opponent’s baseline. Very hard serving took its toll, Zivojinovic felt pain in his right shoulder when the 3rd set started, decreased the speed, and was broken at 3:4. In the following game he played the best game as a receiver, but lost it after three deuces (the longest game of the match) on Connors’ fourth match point in the fading light. “I’m biding my time much better,” Connors said. “Once I would play all five hours of a match in fifth gear. Now I start off like an old car, in first gear.”

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