McEnroe d. Wilander 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 This was McEnroe’s first win over Wilander in a Slam, after two losses in Paris and one in Australia. Per CBS the win put McEnroe up 8-0 in five-setters at the U.S. Open. In the second set a CBS graphic noted that the court temperature was 100 degrees and the humidity 80%. Early in the fifth set the temperature had climbed to about 112 degrees. McEnroe has said that this match was at least a significant factor in his loss to Lendl the next day. And without question it was a draining match. But McEnroe won a long daytime semifinal over Gerulaitis in 1981 and was still able to defeat Borg in four sets. I thought Wilander won the best point of the match with a forehand volley after a long rally, when he was up a break at love-2 in the fourth set. Yet McEnroe won the next 11 points. McEnroe was down a break again early in the fifth but broke Wilander at love. I remember Rino Tommasi on the CBS highlight show saying that this was McEnroe’s best-ever comeback. PUBLISHED STATS Per the Miami Herald, McEnroe served at 51%, Wilander at 69%. McEnroe had 45 unforced errors, Wilander 12. The San Diego Tribune had the same stats and added that McEnroe double-faulted 4 times to Wilander’s none. United Press International: McEnroe had 7 aces, Wilander 5. The Washington Post (byline by Arthur Ashe): 96 placement winners (non-service winners) is a lot but they were not all clean winners. See below -- as best as I can tell, all the forced errors in this match were credited as winners. The following are my own stats. McEnroe won 148 points overall, Wilander 141. SERVICE McEnroe served at 51%, making 73 of 144 first serves. Wilander served at 69%, making 100 of 145 first serves. McEnroe’s first-serve percentage by set: 14/28 (50%) 18/32 (56%) 18/28 (64%) 11/29 (38%) 12/27 (44%) Wilander’s first-serve percentage by set: 28/38 (74%) 20/30 (67%) 14/26 (54%) 19/25 (76%) 19/26 (73%) McEnroe won 87 of 144 points on serve (60%). He won 53 of 73 on first serve (73%) and 34 of 71 on second (48%). Wilander won 84 of 145 points on serve (58%). He won 58 of 100 on first serve, or 58%, and 26 of 45 on second, also 58%. McEnroe won 8 of 16 break points, Wilander 6 of 10. McEnroe got his first serve into play on 4 of 10 break points. He was broken twice on first serve and 4 times on second. Wilander got his first serve into play on 11 of 16 break points. But he was broken 5 times on first serve and 3 times on second. McEnroe had 4 clean aces and 4 doubles. Wilander had 5 clean aces and no doubles. McEnroe got 33 return errors from Wilander, of which I judged 3 as service winners. I think CBS judged all 3 as aces because if I include them I keep up with the running CBS count, which ended up with 7 aces. Wilander got 21 return errors from McEnroe, of which I judged 2 as service winners. CBS and I both had Wilander at 5 aces. CBS displayed its own “service winners” at 2-4 in the fifth. They gave McEnroe 28, just three short of the return errors that he’d drawn from Wilander on my sheet. The discrepancy seems to be due to the 3 serves that CBS counted as aces and I judged as service winners. Yet at the same time, the network gave Wilander 14 service winners, five short of the return errors that he’d drawn from McEnroe on my sheet; and I don’t see a possible explanation for that. WINNERS McEnroe had 53 clean non-service winners: 7 FH, 8 BH, 18 FHV, 14 BHV, 6 overheads. Wilander had 42 clean non-service winners: 13 FH, 14 BH, 5 FHV, 6 BHV, 4 overheads. (At 3-all in the second set, CBS had McEnroe making 15 unforced errors from the backhand, Wilander none. At that point I have McEnroe at 3 clean BH winners, Wilander at 5.) McEnroe made 4 return winners. One was a FH off a second serve, and not a pass; the rest were BH passes off first serves. In addition he made 8 passing shots: 5 BH’s (including a lob) and 3 FH’s (including a lob). Altogether he passed Wilander 11 times. Wilander made 8 return winners, including 3 BH’s that were all passes off first serves. One FH was a netcord winner off a first serve; the other FH's were all passes, and one was off a first serve. In addition he had 16 passing shots, including 10 BH’s (one of which was a lob). Altogether he passed McEnroe 23 times. McEnroe's winners by set: 9, 11, 9, 12, 12 Wilander's winners by set: 10, 5, 14, 8, 5 In the fifth set Wilander had no volley winners, and only 1 smash. I don't have his net stats for that set, but he had been approaching with success, especially in the first half of the match. After nearly four sets, CBS had McEnroe winning 57 of 91 net approaches (or 63%), Wilander 29 of 41 (or 70%). The Washington Post, as quoted above, had McEnroe at 96 placement winners, and Wilander at 69, compared to the 53 and 42 that I counted. That’s easily the largest discrepancy I’ve seen in our project. CBS seemed to be on the same pace for winners as the Post (perhaps they shared stats). With almost 3 sets played, CBS already had the two players at my 5-set totals, McEnroe at 56 winners (with 32 unforced errors) and Wilander at 43 (with 6 unforced errors). ERRORS If I subtract my numbers for aces, doubles, winners and return errors from the total points won, then McEnroe made 69 forced and unforced errors apart from double-faults and returns; Wilander made 57. Let’s say that the Post gave McEnroe 96 placement winners, and not the 53 clean placement winners that I counted, because they credited him with a winner on 43 points on which Wilander actually touched the ball but was forced into an error. Subtracting 43 forced errors from the 57 generic errors that I have above for Wilander leaves 14 unforced errors. And that makes sense, because the Miami Herald had Wilander at 12 unforced errors for the whole match. In the same way, let’s say that the Post gave Wilander 69 placement winners, and not the 42 clean placement winners that I counted, because they credited him with a winner on 27 points on which McEnroe reached the ball but was forced into an error. Subtracting 27 forced errors from the 69 generic errors that I have above for McEnroe leaves 42 unforced errors. That number rises to 46 if we include his double-faults. And again that tracks well with the Miami Herald, which put McEnroe at 45 unforced errors for the entire match. My conclusion, then, is that in this match, unlike any that I’m aware of, there was no category of “forced error.” All the errors we might normally call forced were credited as winners.