INTRODUCTION: The 1980 World championship tennis winner Jimmy Connors on Sunday (12 April) defeated fellow American John McEnroe in the final of the 1981 Suntory Cup tennis tournament in Tokyo.
GV Connors serving to McEnroe, rally and Connors wins point.
GV (Second Set) McEnroe serving to Connors, Connors returns, winning the point.
GV Crowds applauding.
GV Connors serving to McEnroe, exchange of strokes, Connors wins point.
GV Connors serving to McEnroe, rally, Connors hits out,
GV Crowd applauding.
CU Scoreboard PULL OUT TO GV McEnroe serving double fault, players walk to net and shake hands.
SV Scoreboard 6-4, 7-6 to Connors SV Connors receiving trophy. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The 1980 World championship tennis winner Jimmy Connors on Sunday (12 April) defeated fellow American John McEnroe in the final of the 1981 Suntory Cup tennis tournament in Tokyo. The match ended in a final-set tie breaker, with Connors winning 6-4, 7-6.
SYNOPSIS: Connors, serving to McEnroe, had maintained a slight edge over his opponent in the first set at Tokyo's Yoyogi gymnasium. The two had also fought out the Suntory Cup final last year.
Down 4-6 on the first set, McEnroe fought back in the second and went ahead 3-1. However, Connors recovered.
Connors to McEnroe again.
Connors played his way to the final of the cup as a substitute for Sweden's Bjorn Borg, out because of an injured shoulder. After losing his service in the fourth game, he went ahead when McEnroe double-faulted. With Connors leading 5-3, McEnroe made a strong comeback to tie at 5-5.
It was another double fault by McEnroe which ended the dramatic tie breaker in favour of the world champion.
The win was worth 110-thousand dollars to Connors while McEnroe, who is ranked number two in the world, received 70-thousand. It was Connors' first victory over McEnroe since the two had met in Chicago last January.