wimb82connors_mcenroe

wimb82connors_mcenroe

Points by each set | 27-33, 28-24, 38-46, 48-46, 30-27 |
Points won directly on serve:
17 % Connors – 33 of 186
34 % McEnroe – 56 of 161

The tightest match in their 14-year-old rivalry, but not the longest – 4 hours 13 minutes (the longest Wimbledon final of the 80s) meant they played two minutes shorter than in the US Open ’80 semifinal… that NY match McEnroe [1] survived being four points away from defeat (he got ten points fewer), at Wimbledon ’82 three points separated him from the title (he got five points more). Connors [3] had two break points leading 2:0 in the opening set, he also led 5:3* in the 3rd, later on he was two points away from winning that set when committed two straight double faults (13 in total it’s probably his negative record). In the 4th set, McEnroe was three points away from the title leading 4:3* in the tie-break – Connors took another two points with the help of his best possible serves. In the decider there was just one break – Connors obtained it at 1-all… McEnroe hit half of his aces in the 4th set (3-1-2-9-3).

Connors’ route to his 94th title (6th major):
1 Mike Myburg 6-0, 6-2, 6-2
2 John Alexander 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(7)
3 Drew Gitlin 6-2, 6-7(6), 7-5, 7-5
4 Paul McNamee 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
Q Gene Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 7-6(6)
S Mark Edmondson 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
W John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4

# Connors three points away from losing the final in the tie-break

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