Wednesday, July 05, 2017

"Borg vs McEnroe" @ Wimbledon

From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from the Swedish biographical feature "Borg vs McEnroe", directed by Janus Metz, focusing on the rivalry between tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe @ the 1980 'Wimbledon Championships', starring Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny and Robert Emms:

Tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe met 14 times on the regular tour and 22 times in total, with their on-court rivalry highlighted by their contrasting temperaments and styles. Borg was known for his cool and emotionless demeanor on court, while McEnroe was famed for his court-side tantrums. Their rivalry extended between 1978 and 1981, with each player winning seven times against the other.

In 1980 McEnroe reached the men's singles final at 'Wimbledon' for the first time, where he faced Borg, who was aiming for an 'Open Era' record fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. 

In a fourth set tie-breaker that lasted 20 minutes, McEnroe saved five match points (seven altogether in that set) and eventually won 18–16. However, he was unable to break Borg's serve in the fifth set and the Swede went on to win 8–6. McEnroe exacted his revenge by defeating Borg at the US Open final the same year in five sets.

In 1981 McEnroe returned to Wimbledon and again faced Borg in the men's singles final. This time it was the American who prevailed and defeated Borg to end the Swede's run of 41 straight match victories at the All England Club. At the US Open in the same season, McEnroe was again victorious, winning in four sets, afterwards Borg walked off the court and out of the stadium before the ceremonies and press conference had begun. Borg retired shortly afterwards, having never won the US Open despite reaching four finals.

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