Sweden's Bjorn Borg retained his Wimbledon Men's Singles Tennis title with a five set victory over top seeded Jimmy Connors of the United States on Saturday (2 July).
Sweden's Bjorn Borg retained his Wimbledon Men's Singles Tennis title with a five set victory over top seeded Jimmy Connors of the United States on Saturday (2 July). Borg, the 21 year-old second seed, came through 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 after a three and a quarter hour struggle.
SYNOPSIS: Wimbledon's centre court was packed for the occasion and the match held the crowd spellbound through every minute. It was the first grass court meeting between the two tennis aces, and Connors swept through the first set in 35 minutes of vicious power strokes.
The way Connors was playing, it looked like his ambition to win back the game's most coveted title would be realised. But having tried to match Connors' aggression in the opening exchanges, Borg started to vary his tactics -- and it paid off.
However, Connors wasn't going to take Borg's recovery lightly, and he responded by clawing his way back.
Borg is a man who thrives on tension, and after Connors had staged another brief revival in the final set, coming back from 0-4 down to tie 4-all, the ice-coll Swede clung on for a gripping victory.
It was only the third time in ten meetings that Borg had beaten Connors. His winner's prize was GBP15 thousand sterling (26 thousand dollars U.S.). For Connors, there was a prize of 8-thousand sterling (4,000 dollars U.S.) and the sadness of a second defeat in a Wimbledon singles final. He lost there when he defended his title in 1975 against his fellow-countryman Arthur Ashe.