Tennis...and the two top men's seeds at the 1978 Wimbledon tournament, Bjorn Borg of Sweden?
Tennis...and the two top men's seeds at the 1978 Wimbledon tournament, Bjorn Borg of Sweden and American Jimmy Connors, overwhelmed their semi-final opponents on Thursday (6 July) to set up a repeat of last year's men's final. The 22-year-old Borg, who won last year's final in five sets, calmly disposed of the unseeded Dutchman, Tom Okker, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Meanwhile Connors fought his way past his compatriot, Vitas Gerulaitis, seeded number three, to also win in straight sets.
SYNOPSIS: From the moment Connors began his semi-final with Gerulaitis he seemed determined to win. It was a hard fought first set with both players breaking each other's services early on. Connors avoided one set point himself and then won this rally to take the first set by nine games to seven. The set lasted 70 minutes.
Connors, who has lost two Wimbledon finals in the past three years, took control after having gained the first set. He won the second set by six games to two and then shot to a five games to one lead in the third.
Gerulaitis serving to stay in the match. But on this occasion his volley was not good enough and he drops the point.
Gerulaitis came briefly back and managed one last burst of play of the type that had made him the number three seed in the mon's singles section of the tournament. A tight rally with Connors having to chase repeatedly across the court. Gerulaitis takes the point with a fine overhead volley.
Match point with Gerulaitis, who some tennis writers described as little more than a spectator watching a one-man show, to serve. After a brief rally Connors takes the match with another minutely placed pass, a feature of his play on the day. An impressive display of power tennis by the 25-year-old Connors. Tonnis writers have tipped him to take the title from Borg on the basis of the performance against Gerulaitis. the final score, match to Connors 9-7, 6-2, 6-1.