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However, McEnroe averted disaster and went on to level the match in Wimbledon's most memorable point tiebreaker, which he won 18— In the fourth-set tiebreak, McEnroe saved five match points, and Borg six set points, before McEnroe won the set. Borg then won 19 straight points on serve in the deciding set and prevailed after 3 hours, 53 minutes. In September, Borg reached the final of the U. Open for the third time, losing to John McEnroe in five sets in a match that cemented what had become the greatest contemporary rivalry, albeit short-lived, in men's tennis.
He defeated McEnroe in the final of the Stockholm Open, and faced him one more time that year, in the round-robin portion of the year-end Masters, actually played in January With 19, fans in attendance, Borg won a deciding third-set tie-break for the second year in a row. Borg then defeated Ivan Lendl for his second Masters title. In reaching the Wimbledon final in , Borg stretched his winning streak at the All England Club to a record 41 matches. In a semifinal, Borg was down to Connors by two sets to love, before coming back to win the match.
However, Borg's streak was brought to an end by McEnroe, who defeated him in four sets. Years afterward, Borg remarked "And when I lost what shocked me was I wasn't even upset.
That was not me: losing a Wimbledon final and not upset. I hate to lose. After that defeat, Borg walked off the court and out of the stadium before the ceremonies and press conference had begun, and headed straight for the airport.
In later years, Borg apologized to McEnroe. Major tournaments and tour organizers were enforcing a new rule; by , that players had to play at least 10 official tournaments per year.
However, Borg wanted to curtail his schedule after many years of winning so often. Although he felt in good condition physically, he recognized that the relentless drive to win and defy tour organizers had begun to fade. Borg failed to win the US Open in nine tries, losing four finals, the surface was clay that year and to Jimmy Connors , and and to John McEnroe.
The surface was hard court from onward and Borg reached the final there on hard court on three occasions, in , and He led 3—2 in the fifth set of the final, before losing. That match followed Borg's classic encounter with McEnroe at the Wimbledon. In , and , Borg was halfway to a Grand Slam after victories at the French and Wimbledon the Australian Open being the last Grand Slam tournament of each year at the time only to falter at Flushing Meadows, lefty Tanner his conqueror in Nevertheless, Borg's announcement in January that he was retiring from the game at the age of 26 was a shock to the tennis world.
McEnroe tried unsuccessfully to persuade Borg to continue. He did, however, play Monte Carlo again in March , reaching the second round, and Stuttgart in July Upon retirement, Borg had three residences: a penthouse in Monte Carlo, not far from his pro shop ; a mansion on Long Island, New York and a small island off the Swedish coast. In Sweden his label has become very successful, second only to Calvin Klein.
In —, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour, coached by Welsh karate expert Ron Thatcher. Before his return, Borg grew his hair out as it had been during his previous professional tennis career and he returned to using a wooden racket; he had kept his hair cut and used modern graphite rackets in exhibitions he played during the late s. Borg, however, failed to win a single match. He faced Jordi Arrese in his first match back, again at Monte Carlo but without practising or playing any exhibition matches, and fell in two sets.
In his first nine matches, played in and , Borg failed to win a single set. He fared slightly better in , taking a set off his opponent in each of the three matches he played. He came closest to getting a win in what turned out to be his final tour match, falling to Alexander Volkov. Borg later joined the Champions tour, returning to shorter hair and using modern rackets.
Borg had one of the most distinctive playing styles in the Open Era. His highly unorthodox backhand involved taking his racket back with both hands but actually generating his power with his dominant right hand, letting go of the grip with his left hand around point of contact, and following through with his swing as a one-hander. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Sell on Amazon Start a Selling Account.
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