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Bjorn Borg vs John McEnroe | The 1980 tie-break in full

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34 points that defined a rivalry.

In the fourth set of their 1980 final, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe contested perhaps the greatest tie-break in Wimbledon history. Relive it in full...




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0:01 - McEnroe* 1 - 0 Borg
0:22 - McEnroe 1 - 1 Borg*
0:43 - McEnroe 1 - 2 Borg*
1:26 - McEnroe* 2 - 2 Borg
1:55 - McEnroe* 3 -2 Borg
2:15 - McEnroe 3 - 3 Borg*
3:02 - McEnroe 3 - 4 Borg*
3:36 - McEnroe* 4 - 4 Borg
4:59 - McEnroe* 4 - 5 Borg
5:29 - McEnroe 5 -5 Borg*
6:11 - McEnroe 5 - 6 Borg*
7:10 - McEnroe* 6 - 6 Borg (Championship point saved)
7:59 - McEnroe* 6 - 7 Borg
8:28 - McEnroe 7 - 7 Borg* (Championship point saved)
8:52 - McEnroe 8 - 7 Borg*
9:46 - McEnroe* 8 - 8 Borg (Set point saved)
10:34 - McEnroe* 9 - 8 Borg
10:58 - McEnroe 9 - 9 Borg* (Set point saved)
11:32 - McEnroe 9 - 10 Borg*
12:11 - McEnroe* 10 - 10 Borg (Championship point saved)
13:05 - McEnroe* 10 - 11 Borg
13:43 - McEnroe 11 - 11 Borg* (Championship point saved on net cord)
14:05 - McEnroe 11 - 12 Borg*
15:02 - McEnroe* 12 - 12 Borg (Championship point saved)
16:02 - McEnroe* 13 - 12 Borg
16:24 - McEnroe 13 - 13 Borg* (Set point saved)
16:45 - McEnroe 14 - 13 Borg*
17:22 - McEnroe* 14 - 14 Borg (Set point saved)
18:47 - McEnroe* 15 - 14 Borg
19:13 - McEnroe 15 - 15 Borg* (Set point saved)
19:50 - McEnroe 16 - 15 Borg*
20:23 - McEnroe* 16 - 16 Borg (Set point saved)
21:18 - McEnroe* 17 - 16 Borg
21:42 - McEnroe 18 - 16 Borg*
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Author — Wimbledon

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Borg looks relatively calm, McEnroe looks like he's being tortured.

Author — Ville Metsola

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My respect to Bjorn Borg for his composure and calmness.

Author — Cheryl Tion

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"Indayd! Strawberries and crayme at Wimbledon!-Quiet playse!"

Author — Ted Kier

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Are any of these racquets still around? I’d love to see Nadal and Federer do some kind of match with them.

Author — R C

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Seems like yesterday I watched this in the TV department at the Jordan Marsh store in Rhode Island where I worked at the time. There were about 15 people there ALL watching the tie-break. Tennis was HUGE then... AMAZING.

Author — George Carlin

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At 11-12 the commentator says that the 'roof will blow off the centre court' - and that was about 30 years before it ever got fitted.

Author — rhodri williams

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While seeing it, I just realized that this match is farther away from us in time than the end of world war 2 was to this match. Now I'll get back to finish watching this.

Author — Imran Sahir

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1of the weirdest serve motions ever there from McEnroe lol

Author — CD DB

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I know most people write this but.... 'I miss those days!' So glad I was a born in the 60's.... the 70's and 80's were amazing! Best memories, ever!

Author — Nigol66

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The second year of Breakfast At Wimbledon, our revenge for Supertramp's Breakfast In America.  Easily one of the most incredible sporting events of all time.  I watched it live on NBC.

Author — Ray Gordon Teaches Chess

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What made this so tense was also that Borg was chasing history, he was trying to get his 5th consecutive Wimbledon.

Author — ItsFazsha

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I remember my dad watching this in 1980 for five hours I think. We wanted Borg to win and he did.

Author — Big Valerie

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I was 14 when I witnessed this. the 22min that I saw that day still remains THE MOST COMPELLING, SUSPENFUL, EDGE OF MY SEAT MOMENTS I've ever experienced watching sports my whole life.

Author — des mit

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Looks like they’ve grown out of their shorts a bit..

Author — Jayden Mercer

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This era, Becker-Edberg, Federer-Nadal those define Wimbledons greatest eras for me.

Author — Peter Hammer

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One of the best and mightiest games of Tennis ever to be played

Author — Lukas

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remember the old style rackets, heavy wood and a much smaller sweet spot. Amazing to get these rallies with old equipment. I challenge any of today's players to generate power and accuracy with the old wooden racquets...

Author — Peter Saunders

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That was before the time everything was Nike or Adidas... :)

Author — merlinoner

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I remember this day as if it happened yesterday. In that era, tenis was broadcasted by TV in México. IT was amazing to see these increíble players .

Author — SweetMandolin *