Sunday 22 October 2017 / 08:22 AM

WIMBLEDON FLASHBACK: BORG v McENROE 1980

Legendary Swede Bjorn Borg won five straight Wimbledon titles from 1976-80 – but he was pushed to the brink in claiming his fifth consecutive crown, by a brash young American named John McEnroe.

The stylish Borg, 24, and the fiery McEnroe, 21, produced one of the greatest matches of all time in the ’80 decider.

McEnroe powered to a 6-1 first set victory, but Borg clawed back to win the next two, 6-3 7-5. The pair then engaged in one of the most unforgettable tie-breaks ever, with McEnroe eventually taking it out 18-16 to send the final to a deciding fifth set.

Borg clinched his 10th grand slam title in a classic fifth set, prevailing 8-6.

The phenomenal showdown came in at #10 in ESPN’s SportsCentury: Greatest Games of the 20th Century, which counted down the greatest games of all time in all sports.

McEnroe ended Borg’s reign a year later, winning the 1981 final in four sets – the first of three Wimbledon titles he won.

[YouTube – John McEnroe Channel]

 

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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