McEnroe beats Borg in Dubai exhibition
November 2, 2006
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In a throwback to one of tennis' greatest rivalries, seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 in an exhibition match Thursday.
The two faced off 14 times in ATP tour, Davis Cup and Grand Slam play, each winning seven times.
In a vintage performance before a capacity crowd at Madinat Jumeira Arena, the 47-year-old McEnroe threw himself around, produced some trademark crosscourt shots and -- for theatrical effect -- smashed his racket against the court and argued with the umpire.
Borg, three years older than McEnroe and winner of 11 Grand Slam titles, matched McEnroe stroke for stroke before the fitter American prevailed in what was billed as the final showdown between two of tennis' greatest adversaries.
McEnroe looked a little uncertain in the first set, but started getting into rhythm in the second set.
After Borg pulled even at 4-4 with a break in the second set, McEnroe shifted gears and became unstoppable.
McEnroe dominated the third set, which was played as a 10-point tiebreaker.
Updated on Thursday, Nov 2, 2006 4:41 pm EST
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