John McEnroe and his rivalry with Bjorn Borg: ´It was special and weird´

Tennis - The American speaks about his relationship with the Swedish, remembering 1981 Wimbledon Final

by Luigi Gatto
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John McEnroe and his rivalry with Bjorn Borg: ´It was special and weird´

In an interview with Telegraph, The American John McEnroe spoke about his intense rivalry with Swedish Bjorn Borg. Everything started from that photo 37 years ago. It was Stockholm tournament when they faced each other the first time.

'When you have a hero who you have the opportunity to compete against, and ultimately become friends and rivals with, it’s very weird to meet him, but he was disarming. It meant a lot to me that he showed me respect in the locker room when he didn’t have to.

He offered me friendship and support, and as a 19-year-old that was extremely important. Having him do that was huge for me', said McEnroe. 'When I beat Borg in the 1981 Wimbledon final it seemed like he was a little bit relieved as his enormous success had created this intense pressure.

When I faced him at the US Open a couple of months later it was almost as if he’d emotionally lost his edge, like he didn’t want to be there'. Borg and McEnroe played 16 times against each other, head to head are 8-all.

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