Originally Posted by pc1
I haven't seen the 1981 US Open semi against Connors in ages but didn't Borg serve himself out of break point numerous times in that match?
He got his first serve into play on 7 of the 12 break points he faced, and saved all 7. That percentage was pretty good but not outstanding. In the 80W final he made his first serve on 12 of 13 break points. He saved three break points at 4-all in the second with strong first serves (any of those points would have let McEnroe serve for a two-set lead).
I forgot this stat: he won 89% of points played on his first serve at the 79W against Connors, the highest I've seen for the wood era.
Wasn't Pancho Gonzales said to always make his first serve down break point?