Originally Posted by krosero
McEnroe often seemed to have more trouble with Wilander than with Borg. Even in their first meeting, when Wilander was still only 18 and in some ways still a claycourter, McEnroe needed 6 hours to beat him in that Davis Cup match -- and that was on indoor carpet.
I think two things helped Wilander. He stood in closer to the baseline than Borg; and he showed McEnroe fewer second serves than Borg did. He could do that because he didn't do as much with the first serve, tending to spin it in; but that meant that McEnroe had fewer chances to attack a second ball and get into net.
Yes, it was clear Mats was going to be a player to be reckoned with after that Davis Cup encounter added to him winning the French at just 17.
Borg often stood way back against John and I think Mats will have had a good look at Mac's game.