After 20 years of the Open Era, the 30-year-old McEnroe & five years younger Wilander co-created just the third pair of players who faced each other at four different majors. The first Wimbledon meeting of two former best players in the world, was very long for a 4-setter (3 hours 52 minutes) and featured an unusual number of breaks given the grass courts – 17! The Swede led 2:0 in every set he lost: in the 1st set & 3rd sets he squandered break points for a double break advantage (he also wasted a set point in the tie-break which he lost 6/8). Something similar occurred in their US Open ’85 semifinal when Wilander lost the final two sets leading 2:0. Their last mutual confrontation was almost a serve-and-volley classic, Wilander a few times stayed back on second serves. The Swede, who won all majors except Wimbledon, played in the London quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, and it was his best quarterfinal performance (in the previous two years lost quickly to Pat Cash & Miloslav Mecir).
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