Greatest tennis rivalries: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe

Greatest tennis rivalries: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe

A classic rivalry of ice and fire exists between the two former world number ones; the Swedish Master, Bjorn Borg and the United States legend, John McEnroe. Both of them are two entirely opposite sports personalities, one famous for his cool and emotionless rhythm and the other for his heated temperament and for his harsh conversation during the match.

In the tennis history, two of the greatest ever matches, bloomed in the skies of their rivalry profile. The epic five sets of Wimbledon final of 1980 show the power of Bjorn Borg, and in the same year 5 set U.S Open final victory of John McEnroe was proven to be a true tale of gigantic victory followed by the hungry title seeking battle of revenge which later proved to have the haunted impact on John McEnroe career and eventually forced him to say that; “he never really recovered psychologically, nor could have been able to enjoy his tennis since that victory walked away from his hands”.

With 16 head to head encounters between the Swedish crown and the States genius, a close 9-7 head to head lead of Bjorn Borg, couldn’t be easier to reconcile the myth of the two former World Number Ones.

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