Originally Posted by krosero
McEnroe beat Borg after losing the first set both at Wimb and USO in '81, which turns out to have been a rare feat.
During the AO final a couple of weeks ago ESPN showed this graphic:
HIGHEST WIN PCT
AFTER WINNING 1ST SET
1. Bjorn Borg .954
2. Novak Djokovic .953
3. Rafael Nadal .949
4. Jimmy Connors .945
5. John McEnroe .943
6. Roger Federer .933
7. Ivan Lendl .932
8. Andy Murray .928
9. Eddie Dibbs .925
10. Juan Martin Del Potro .924
I assume those stats refer to entire careers and are not restricted to the Grand Slams.
(And since these are ATP stats they do not include many matches played by the older players: Borg, Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Dibbs.)
In the Slams, only three men defeated Borg after losing the first set: Ashe at the 1975 Wimbledon, Stockton at the 1977 USO (Borg retiring in the third set with a deteriorating shoulder) and McEnroe twice in 1981.
Eddie Dibbs did not win too many first sets right?
Loved fast Eddie anyway
" And when the bullied american saved his three death penalties, the steeled arm of the young swede began to shiver like it never did before"