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The Wimbledon Collection - The Classic Match - Borg vs. McEnroe 1981 Final (1997)

Bjorn Borg , John McEnroe  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Standing Room Only
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HODAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There have been numerous classic encounters during The Wimbledon Championships, none more so than the 1981 Men's Final between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete version of the match September 10, 2008
Length: 0:26 Mins
This version of the match is described on the cover as "THE FULL LENGTH COVER VERSION", but a good deal of the match has been discretely cut out.

As best as I can tell, about 40 service faults have been cut out.

I pointed a digital camera at the video to produce this brief clip. You can see one ballboy stationed at each net post. After the brief close-up of Borg, we go back to the long shot of the court and the serve lands in. But now both ballboys are at the post underneath the umpire's chair - as if one of them had run across to pick up a serve that landed in the net.

You can see the same thing happening when McEnroe reaches 6-3 in the third-set tiebreak. One ballboy is stationed at each net post. This case is less obvious because the camera cuts away for more than three seconds; but when the long shot returns to show what is supposed to be McEnroe's first serve, the two ballboys have joined each other at the netpost on the left.

McEnroe actually hits that serve like a second serve, with less pace than all his other serves in the tiebreaks. The New York Times, the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated all reported that he missed one first serve in the two tiebreaks combined; the Times reports that he missed one in the third-set tiebreak.

In his press conference Borg noted the same thing, that McEnroe missed only one serve in two tiebreaks.

On this BBC version, he misses none of his serves. All of them are hit hard like first serves, except the funny one at 6-3, which must be the second serve reported in the press.

At 4-5 in the third set, McEnroe saved four set points. On the fourth, the Post reported that he hit a "gutsy deep second serve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tennis Match October 21, 2005
Although the 1980 Wimbledon Final between Borg and McEnroe is more famous, this match is a classic in its own right. Top quality tennis of contrasting styles, superb understated commentary, extremely clear, vivid picture. And since McEnroe always behaved himself when he played Borg out of respect for Borg, it's not the behavior but the beauty of McEnroes's tennis, that finally takes center stage. Experiencing Borg the iceman, and the volcanic yet controlled McEnroe at the top of their games, makes this match a pleasure to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still good tennis ! October 21, 2005
By WC
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While not as compelling and not quite the caliber of the 1980 match - the '81 final is still worth watching. For me, more because historically this was really the changing of the guard - at the time. Though Borg would play the U.S. Open after this match, this was the one that brought him down (sadly). The DVD and the original film quality are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Match between 2 Champions of Tennis June 15, 2013
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Being a huge fan of John McEnroe over the years, this was a match I had never seen. I enjoyed it so much, and there is nothing like watching such a great match with other people that feel the same. I have even loaned it to a couple of friends, who likewise enjoyed it! Worth buying if you are a fan of either player to have in your sporting collection. AMAZON, you never let me down with my purchases or your great range!

VIVIENNE - AUSTRALIA
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic tennis June 6, 2013
By Mikie
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One of the top 4 tennis matches of all time. Any match with McEnroe vs. Borg would be a must see.
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