Tennis, and America's John McEnroe is favoured to take the honours at the Benson and Hedges tournament in London this week (starting 11 November).
GV McEnroe serving from near end to Borg. Rally ends with Borg smashing into MCEnroe's left forecourt
SV McEnroi preparing for Borg's service
GV Rally ends with Borg mis-hitting backhand
GV McEnroe serving from far end, Borg wins with brilliant passing shot
GV McEnroe serving from near end Borg again wins point with passing shot (2 shots)
GV McEnroe serving from near End. Borg returns, and McEnroe fails to return
SV Borg jubilant as he wins match walks to net and shakes McEnroe's hand
GV Crowd applauds
SV Borg receives trophy and flowers, and waves to crowd and they applaud
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Background: Tennis, and America's John McEnroe is favoured to take the honours at the Benson and Hedges tournament in London this week (starting 11 November). McEnroe arrived in London from Sweden, where he was beaten by Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg, in the final of the Stockholm Grand Prix. The score was six-three, six-four--a straight sets win for Borg.
SYNOPSIS: McEnroe, serving, was eager to repeat the victory over Borg which won him this year's U.S. open title. But the twenty-four year-old Borg was determined to win his first Stockholm Grand Prix, the oldest tournament of its type in the world. Both players were affected by the experimental synthetic surface, which made play slow and unpredictable. This long rally shows the way Borg took the upper edge.
The first four games were even, and both players had trouble judging the pace of the ball off the uneven surface.
It was not until the fifth game that Borg broke through. McEnroe was simply not fast enough to return Borg's famous passing shots.
This was the turning point in the match. In the first set, the Wimbledon champ takes the score to six-three, leaving McEnroe at the net with another brilliant passing shot. The second set was no more difficult for Borg, and, a with a simple error by McEnroe, it was game, set and match.
It was Borg's seventh attempt at the title. He had said before the match there were not many tournaments left he wanted to win. But this was one of them.