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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
McEnroe gets McNasty on Connors
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
July 8, 1984
Because of his terrible temper tantrums, John McEnroe is often referred to as McNasty in the British tabloids. Today, the only person he's nasty to is Jimmy Connors, whom he overwhelms in winning his third Wimbledon championship in four years.
In the most one-sided Wimbledon men's final in 46 years, since Don Budge also allowed just four games in 1938, McEnroe plays the match of his life in crushing two-time champion Connors, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in only 80 minutes.
"That's the best I've ever played. I overpowered him, and that's something I haven't done too often," says McEnroe after beating Connors for the sixth straight time to raise his record to 15-12 against him.
McEnroe's serve is devastating, both on his slices wide and his hard one up the middle. The lithe left-hander connects on 74 percent of his first serves, has 10 aces, no double faults and loses only 11 points in his 11 service games. That says a lot because Connors has the best return of service in the game.
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