Never has an ice floe been able to transmit so many emotions. The grass never found a figure that stepped on with such firmness and elegance, moving around it as if it were a figure skater. Björn Borg found in Wimbledon squaring the circle, the most effective plasticity and, ultimately, perfection. He played 55 games in All England Lawn Tennis Club, chained five titles, emerged victorious in one of the best games in history against John McEnroe in 1980 and just a year later, he considered defeat so incomprehensible that he decided to retire at the age of 26. Percentage of games won in the London Grand Slam? 94.4%. Hardly surmountable.
We review the list of the biggest winners in the history of the Wimbledon tournament, both in the men’s and women’s sections.
London, Wimbledon, 1980. Björn Borg and John McEnroe carry out an incredible duel in one of the best finals of this sport.
Few personalities in the world of tennis have been as strong and charismatic as that of the Swedish. An innate talent whose projected image of coldness did not correspond to the accumulation of emotions that boiled within him. The mask that Björn acquired and that helped him develop an impressive career generated as much amazement as his game. Even more so was the fact that it could be the best in the world on clay and grass. No one can hide from the fact that the grass of the 1980s had been slowed down, their feat of additionr six titles in Paris and five in London It is unheard of and no one could approach it.
Did the double in 1979 and 1980But let’s go back to London. The first time the Swede stepped on the London grass was in 1973. He did so at just 17 years old, but he already gave evident signs of possessing a special aura. So much so that he reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to the British Roger taylor in five sleeves. His first participation predicted strong emotions, but the following year Björn did not arrive in top form and gave up in the third round against Ismail El Shafel. It cannot be described as disappointment that a teenager loses that game, and even less that it fell in 1975 before Arthur Ashe in the quarterfinals. However, Borg must have considered him an outrage on his person since the sufficiency he showed in the years to come was insulting.
42 consecutive games won the Swedish. Making victory a habit, Borg walked the London grass with aplomb rarely seen in the world of tennis. His methodical preparation for each match, which can be seen perfectly in one of the best tennis movies in history (Borg-McEnroe: the match), shows his maximum self-confidence and how nothing could be raised other than victory. Years later it was known the internal pressure that it was dragging and the wear that its prolific career ended up generating and led to a withdrawal as dramatic as it was early.
Their prey in the finals were Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, twice, Roscoe Tanner and John McEnroe, being the latter the one that changed the history of tennis and after the serious warning of 1980, caused the impregnable wall that Borg had built in London to fall, and with it, his entire empire. It was June 22, 1981 the day that Björn Borg He gave his crown to the young American and said goodbye to the cathedral of tennis, where he was the closest thing to a God.