Looking in retrospect,  McEnroe’s biggest chance to play finals at all four majors in his Aussie Open debut. Grass at Kooyong didn’t suit him as much as grass at Wimbledon, nonetheless he was the biggest grass-court specialist at the time while the 19-year-old Wilander  was mainly associated with clay-courts. McEnroe entered the match with heavy strapped right calf though, and perhaps that injury caused his slower movement – brilliant baseliner, Wilander took advantage of it passing McEnroe mercilessly. In the 4th set McEnroe led 2:1* (40/30) when his backhand passing-shot was wide not by much. Who knows, maybe if he had played a better shot then, the final scoreline would have been very similar to their US Open ’85 semifinal.
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