Originally Posted by Moose Malloy
Here are my stats for the 1982 W Final
Connors d McEnroe 3-6 6-3 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4
Connors made 8 of 10 first serves in the tiebreaks. By tiebreak:
3 of 4 (winning 2 of the 3)
5 of 6 (he won all 5)
McEnroe made 6 of 11 first serves in the tiebreaks. By tiebreak:
3 of 5 (he won all 3 and suffered no mini-breaks)
3 of 6 (he won all 3)
So only 1 point was lost on first serve over the course of the tiebreaks; not much difference there between the two players. In each tiebreak Connors played one point on second serve and lost it. So the big factor in who won the tiebreaks was McEnroe’s second serve. Mac won the the first tiebreak by winning both of his points on second serve; he lost the next tiebreak, losing 2 of 3 points on second serve.
Over the course of the tiebreaks Mac had 5 unreturned serves (including 3 aces). Connors had 4, and one df.