Mark Edmondson  – the most shocking Grand Slam champion (Australian Open ’76), confirmed six years later that his triumph in Melbourne it was not a total fluke. I’d argue that until 1983 triumphing at the Aussie Open was an equivalent of a semifinal in other majors while triumphing in the years 1983-87 was like being a runner-up in other majors. So from this perspective Edmondson’s participation in the Wimbledon semifinal makes sense, grass was his best surface, following the sensational Aussie Open title, he collected five other titles, all on grass, and played a semifinal in Melbourne again in 1981. Against Connors  he had no chance, he couldn’t read the serve of the famous American who finished the match obtaining more points directly behind the serve than the opponent which was a rarity. Edmondson led 4:3* in the 1st set and won only four games afterwards, losing 15. “There’s no use in trying to out-hit Connors,” Edmondson said. “He can return better than most people can serve.”
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