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Wimbledon 2001
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1969 - First Round
Gonzales v Pasarell
1969 - Ladies Final
Jones v King
1977 - Men's Semi-final
Borg v Gerulaitis
1980 - Men's Final
Borg v McEnroe
1987 - Men's Fourth Round
Connors v Pernfors
1993 - Women’s Final
Graf v Novotna
1994 - Women's Final
Martinez v Navratilova
1995 - Women's Final
Graf v Vicario
1997 - Men's Third Round
Henman v Haarhuis
2000 - Men's Semi-final
Rafter v Agassi
John McEnroe
McEnroe had the last laugh in '81
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1980 - Men's Singles Final

Bjorn Borg (Swe) beat John McEnroe (US)

1-6, 7-5, 6-3,6-7 (16-18), 8-6

Ask anyone to name their favourite tennis match and most will point to the clash between the ice-cool Swede and the brash American who was snapping at his heels for the crown of the world's best player.

Borg's four-year reign at Wimbledon seemed over when the American sailed through the first set with his swinging, left-handed serve a dominant factor.

But the Swede started to find the range with his heavy passing shots in the second set and looked on course for another title when he edged the third.

Borg held two match points at 5-4 in the fourth set but McEnroe saved them with diving volleys. The match was already destined to be the most memorable for years, but then came a tie-break the like of which may never be seen again. McEnroe had seven set points and Borg five more match points, four on his own serve.

Finally McEnroe took it, but at what a price. He later admitted he had been exhausted by the emotional and physical strain, while Borg, who always spent more time on the practice court than McEnroe, had enough left. Borg conceded only three points on his seven service games in the fifth set and broke the American with yet another backhand pass.

But the writing was on the wall. The following year the pair met again in the final and this time McEnroe got his man.

The strain was too much for Borg, who knew it was never going to be the same again. After losing again to McEnroe in the US Open final two months later, Borg retired from the game.

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