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.

Best male tennis players: Bjorn Borg

Best male tennis players: Bjorn Borg

Tennis history is filled with precocious championships and achievements but none has been as impressive as Bjorn Borg who in his brief career was able to play outstanding tennis. His seemingly emotionless personality no wonders had the right amount of zeal and dedication for this game. Famous tennis player, Bjorn Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Sodertalje, Sweden. His fascination for tennis is routed to the tennis racket which is father won as a prize in a ping-pong tournament. Bjorn Borg was a player with endurance and great strength and had an unorthodox and distinctive style. Borg used to battle from the baseline along with ground strokes in long rallies. Although his serve was not very impressive at first but he somehow managed the game beautifully with his volleying throughout the game. Due to his excellent playing skills, Bjorn Borg became the youngest champion of his time at the age of 20 (later Boris Becker claimed this record by becoming the champion at the age of 17 in 1985). Bjorn Borg was known as the King of Clay as he holds the record of winning the most French Open titles. It took him sometime to settle at grass but he did so by winning 5 Wimbledon titles.

Some of the career highlights and record of Bjorn Borg are:

1)      Bjorn Borg won 62 singles out of 88 finals and four double titles including Masters of 1979-80.

2)      Bjorn Borg won six French Open singles titles (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

3)      Borg won 5 Wimbledon singles titles (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980).

4)      Bjorn Borg won Davis Cup in years 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1981. He holds the record of 37-3 single wins and 8-8 in doubles.

5)      Bjorn Borg played all four tennis Grand Slams with the following final win-lose statistics:

  1. Australian Open tennis championship (1-1)
  2. French Open tennis championship (49-2)
  3. Wimbledon (51-4)
  4. US Open tennis championship (40-10)