Tennis...and Jimmy Connors came from behind on Sunday (4 May) to beat John McEnroe in the finals of the World Championship Tennis (WTC) competition in the United States.
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SCU & GV McEnroe waits as Connors serves. Connors puts forehand into net to give McEnroe first set (3 shots)
GV Connors serves at set point in second set tie break. McEnroe fails to return and crowd applauds (3 shots)
SCU & GV Connors serving, passes McEnroe with forehand (5 shots)
GV Connors serving, wins first point of final game with forehand volley (2 shots)
SCU AND GV McEnroe waits as Connors serves and wins point with backhands volley at full stretch (2 shots)
SCU & GV Connors serves and moves to match point with cross court forehand drive (2 shots)
SCU & GV Connors prepares to serve and takes match with cross-court smash (3 shots)
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Background: Tennis...and Jimmy Connors came from behind on Sunday (4 May) to beat John McEnroe in the finals of the World Championship Tennis (WTC) competition in the United States. After dropping the first set 2-6, Connors took the next three sets 7-6, 6-1, 6-2. It was an important win for 27-year-old Connors over McEnroe, the reigning WCT champion and six years his junior.
SYNOPSIS: Playing in the new Reunion Arena, in Dallas, Connors got off to a poor start, losing this service game and the first set.
But he fought back and won the second set after a tie-break.
After that Connors -- who'd won the WCT title in 1977 -- began to take charge of the match. McEnroe could only take one game in the third set.
In the final game of the match, with the score at 5-2, McEnroe failed to win a single point.
Connors, on t he other hands, was sup???mely confident.
Thirty-love, and hope for McEnroe -- who is ahead of Connors in the American ratings -- was dwindling rapidly.
McEnroe had to play only two matches to reach the final, but be faced a tough four-set semi-final against South African Johan Kriek. And in the end, Connors showed that he's still at the peak of his tennis career. His first prize was worth 100,000 U.S. dollars.