Top seeded Jimmy Connors won the United States professional indoor tennis championships when he beat John McEnroe in the singles final.
TV: John McEnroe serves to Jimmy Connors, long base line rally and McEnroe loses serve when Connors advances on net and hits a forehand volley.
TV: Set point, McEnroe serves and puts Connors' return wildly out of court with backhand, game and first set, Connors 6-3.
TV: McEnroe serves an ace to go 40-love up in the final game of the second set.
TV ZOOM OUT: Second set point, McEnroe serves the winner when Connors nets the return (McEnroe 6-2)
CU: Scoreboard showing 6-3, 2-6.
TV: Connors serves and wins point after putting ball wide down both sides and McEnroe returns too long.
GV: Crowd and TV Connors serves at set point, McEnroe nets ball after short rally. (2 shots)
LV AND TV: Crowd watch as McEnroe serves and volleys to win point in fourth set
TV: McEnroe wins fourth set with a service ace, 6-3.
LV: Scoreboard showing Connors leading five games to four in the final set.
TV: Play in the final game, McEnroe serves, Connors plays a two-handed return with a cross-court passing shot out of McEnroe's reach ZOOM TO Connors.
TV: Championship point, McEnroe serves, Connors wins point when McEnroe nets his return of service, players shake hands and walk from court.
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Background: Top seeded Jimmy Connors won the United States professional indoor tennis championships when he beat John McEnroe in the singles final. After an exhausting three and a quarter hours, the score was 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6 6-4, and Connors was more than eighteen thousand pounds (40,000 dollars) richer. They were both almost equally capable of winning throughout most of the hard-hitting match.
SYNOPSIS: McEnroe serves in the first set, but he had already played a formidable amount of tennis on the day before, when he helped to win a doubles semi-final as well as his singles match. The severe test to his endurance began to tell.
Connor's paly was notable for ferocious returns of service, here winning him the first set.
But McEnroe tapped fresh reserves in the second set. An ace, and then he takes the set with another unreturnable service.
Emotionally at least, McEnroe seemed to be on his heels. Connors heads for victory in the third set with a demonstration of two-handed power.
Set point, and Connors goes up two sets to one when McEnroe's heavy schedule began to tell.
Victory was still in the balance in the fourth set, when McEnroe regained the initiative. The alternating fortunes of the players was evidence of the high standard of paly in the tense final: McEnroe evens the sets.
The fifty set saw Connors steadily draw out and exploit a narrow lead, and by the final game, he sensed victory.
The match point was characteristic of the proceeding play: a powerful return by Connors.