(born 6 June 1956) is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Sweden who is widely regarded by observers and tennis players as one of the greatest players in the sport's history. He won 11 Grand Slam singles titles between 1974 and 1981 (five at Wimbledon and six at the French Open).
Tennis is filled with instances of precocious achievements and championships, but none is as impressive as those of Borg. Just before his 18th birthday Borg was the youngest winner of the Italian Championship, and two weeks later he was the youngest winner of the French Championship (a record lowered by Mats Wilander, 17, in 1982, and subsequently by Michael Chang, a younger 17 in 1989). Eighteen months later, at 19, he climaxed a Davis Cup record winning streak of 19 singles by lifting Sweden to the 1975 Cup for the first time in a 3-2 final-round victory over Czechoslovakia. His Cup singles streak of 33 was intact at his retirement, still a record.
During a nine-year career, Borg won 41 percent of the Grand Slam singles tournaments he entered (11 of 27) and 89.8 percent of the Grand Slam singles matches he played. Both are male open era records. In addition, Borg's six French Open singles titles is the all-time record for a male player.
Borg is the only player in the open era to have won both Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year more than once; he did so in three consecutive years. (In 2008 Rafael Nadal became the first player since Borg to win both titles in the same year.)
As a child growing up in Södertälje, a town near Stockholm, Borg became fascinated with a golden tennis racquet that his father won at a table-tennis tournament. His father gave him the racquet, beginning one of the brightest careers in tennis history.
In 1972, at the age of 15, Borg became one of the youngest players ever to represent his country in the Davis Cup and won his debut singles rubber in five sets against seasoned professional Onny Parun of New Zealand. Later that year, he won the Wimbledon junior singles title.
In 1973, Borg reached the Wimbledon main draw quarterfinals in his first attempt.
In 1974, Borg won his first top-level singles title at the Italian Open. Two weeks later, he won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open, defeating Manuel Orantes in the final 2–6, 6–7, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1. Barely 18 at the time, Borg was the youngest-ever male French Open champion (the record has since been lowered by Mats Wilander in 1982 and Michael Chang in 1989).
In early 1975, Borg defeated Rod Laver, then 36 years old, in a semifinal of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) finals in Dallas, Texas 7–6, 3–6, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2. Borg then lost to Arthur Ashe in the final.
A player of great strength and endurance, he had a distinctive and unorthodox style and appearance, bowlegged, yet very fast. His muscular shoulders and well-developed torso gave him the strength to lash at the ball with heavy topspin on both forehand and backhand. He used a two-handed backhand, adapted from the slap shot in hockey, a game he favored as a child. By the time he was 13 he was beating the best of Sweden's under-18 players and Davis Cup captain Lennart Bergelin cautioned against anyone trying to change Borg's rough-looking, jerky strokes. They were effective. Through 1977 he had never lost to a player younger than himself.
Borg retained his French Open title in 1975, beating Guillermo Vilas in the final in straight sets. Borg then reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, where he lost to eventual champion Ashe 2-6, 6-4, 8-6, 6-1. Borg did not lose another match at Wimbledon until 1981.
Borg won two singles and one doubles rubber in the 1975 Davis Cup final as Sweden beat Czechoslovakia 3–2. With these singles wins, Borg had won 19 consecutive Davis Cup singles rubbers since 1973. That was already a record at the time. But Borg never lost another Davis Cup singles rubber, and, by the end of his career, he had stretched that winning streak to 33--a Davis Cup record that still stands.
The only player who defeated Björn Borg at the French Open is the Italian Adriano Panatta. This happened twice – in the fourth round in 1973 (7–6, 2–6, 7–5, 7–6), and in quarter-finals in 1976 (6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6).
Borg won Wimbledon in 1976 without losing a set, defeating the much-favoured Ilie Năstase in the final. Borg became the youngest male Wimbledon champion of the modern era at 20 years and 1 month (a record subsequently broken by Boris Becker, who won Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985). Some speculate that Borg's surviving the first week of Wimbledon, when the courts were slick and fast, was the key to his success. This might have been due to the unusually hot conditions that summer. The courts played slower in the second week, which suited Borg's baseline game. Borg also reached the final of the 1976 US Open, which was then being played on clay courts. Borg lost in four sets to World No. 1 Jimmy Connors.
Borg missed the French Open in 1977 because he was under contract with WTT, but he repeated his Wimbledon triumph, although this time he was pushed much harder. He defeated his good friend Vitas Gerulaitis in a semifinal 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6. In the final, Borg was pushed to five sets for the third time in the tournament, this time by Connors. The win propelled Borg to the #1 ranking on the computer, albeit for just one week in August.
Borg was at the height of his career from 1978 through 1980, winning the French Open and Wimbledon all three years.
In 1978, Borg won straight-set finals over Vilas at the French Open and Connors at Wimbledon but was defeated in straight sets by Connors in the final of the US Open, now held on hard courts in Flushing Meadow, New York. That autumn, Borg faced John McEnroe for the first time in a semifinal of the Stockholm Open and was upset 6–3, 6–4. Borg did not drop a set at the 1978 French Open, a feat only he, Năstase, and Rafael Nadal have accomplished during the open era.
Borg lost to McEnroe again in four sets in the final of the 1979 WCT Finals but was now overtaking Connors for the top ranking. Borg established himself firmly in the top spot with his fourth French Open singles title and fourth straight Wimbledon singles title, defeating Connors in a straight-set semifinal at the latter tournament. At the French Open, Borg defeated big-serving Victor Pecci in a four-set final, and at Wimbledon, Borg took five sets to overcome an even bigger server, Roscoe Tanner. Borg was upset by Tanner at the US Open, in a four-set quarterfinal played under the lights.
At the season-ending Masters tournament in January 1980, Borg survived a close semifinal against McEnroe 6–3, 6–7, 7–6(3). He then beat Gerulaitis in straight sets, winning his first Masters and first title in New York. In June, he overcame Gerulaitis, again in straight sets, for his fifth French Open title. Again, he did not drop a set.
Borg won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon singles title in 1980 by defeating McEnroe in a five-set match, often cited as the best Wimbledon final ever played. In the fourth-set tiebreak, McEnroe saved five match points and Borg six set points before McEnroe won the set. Borg then won 19 straight points on serve in the deciding set and prevailed after 3 hours, 53 minutes. Borg himself commented years later that this was the first time that he was afraid that he would lose, as well as feeling that it was the beginning of the end of his dominance.
Borg lost to McEnroe in another five-set final, this one lasting 4 hours and 13 minutes, at the 1980 US Open. He then defeated McEnroe in the final of the Stockholm Open, 6–3, 6–4, and faced him one more time that year, in the round-robin portion of the year-end Masters, played in January 1981. With 19,103 fans in attendance, Borg won a deciding third-set tie-break for the second year in a row, 6–4, 6–7, 7–6(3). Borg then defeated Ivan Lendl for his second Masters title, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2.
Borg won his last Grand Slam title at the French Open in 1981, defeating Lendl in a five-set final. Borg's six French Open singles titles remains a record for a male player.
In reaching the Wimbledon final in 1981, Borg stretched his winning streak at the All England Club to a record 41 matches. In a semifinal, Borg was down to Connors by two sets to none before coming back to win the match 0–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–0, 6–4. However, Borg's streak was brought to an end by McEnroe, who defeated him in four sets.
Borg went on to lose to McEnroe at the 1981 US Open. After that defeat, Borg walked off court and out of the stadium before the ceremonies and press conference had begun. Borg said that his consecutive losses to McEnroe at Wimbledon and the US Open had confirmed that he was no longer the World No. 1 tennis player and that he did not want to be World No. 2. It would turn out to be the Swede's last Grand Slam final. By the end of 1981, Borg was on the verge of break-down.
In 1982, Borg played only one tournament, losing to Yannick Noah in the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo. Nevertheless, Borg's announcement in January 1983 that he was retiring from the game at the age of 26 was a shock to the tennis world. McEnroe tried unsuccessfully to persuade Borg to continue.
After he retired, Borg's marriage to the tennis player Mariana Simionescu ended in divorce, he fathered a child by another woman, and he was briefly married to the Italian singer Loredana Bertè. There were rumors of a drug overdose and an attempted suicide, both of which Borg denies, and he narrowly averted personal bankruptcy.
He later bounced back as the owner of the Björn Borg fashion label, whose most noted advertising campaigns asked Swedes (from the pages of a leading national newspaper) to "Fuck for the Future." His label has since become second only to Calvin Klein in his home country.
In the early-1990s, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour. This time around, however, he was completely unsuccessful. Playing with his old wooden rackets in an attempt to regain his once-indomitable touch, he lost his first comeback match in 1991 to Jordi Arrese at the Monte Carlo Open. A series of first-round losses to low-ranked players followed over the next two years. The closest he came to winning a match was in 1993 in Moscow, when he pushed Alexander Volkov to three sets and lost a final set tiebreaker 9–7. After that match, he retired from the tour for good and confined himself to playing on the senior tour, with modern rackets, where he renewed his old rivalries with John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Guillermo Vilas.
In March 2006, Bonhams Auction House in London announced that it would auction Borg's Wimbledon trophies and two of his winning rackets on June 21, 2006. Several players then called Borg wondering what he was thinking, but only McEnroe was able to make Borg reconsider. According to Dagens Nyheter – who had talked to Borg – McEnroe called from New York and asked, "What's up? Have you gone mad? The conversation apparently persuaded Borg to buy out the trophies from Bonhams at an undisclosed amount.
With 11 titles, Borg ranks fourth in the list of male tennis players who have won the most Grand Slam singles titles behind Pete Sampras (14), Roger Federer (13), and Roy Emerson (12). Among his other achievements are a record 89.8 Grand Slam match winning percentage (141–16) and a male open era record 41 winning percentage for Grand Slam tournaments played (11 of 27). The French Open-Wimbledon double he achieved three times consecutively was called by Wimbledon officials "the most difficult double in tennis and "a feat considered impossible among today's players. Only Rafael Nadal has managed to achieve this double since, and Nadal and Andre Agassi are the only male players since Borg to have won the French Open and Wimbledon men's singles titles over their career.
In his 1979 autobiography, Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, had already included Borg in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time. And in 2003, Bud Collins chose Borg as one of his top-five male players of all time.
In 2008, ESPN.com asked tennis analysts, writers, and former players to build the perfect open era player. Borg was the only player mentioned in five categories -- defense, footwork, intangibles, and mental toughness -- with his mental game and footwork singled-out as the best in open era history.
Borg never won the US Open or the Australian Open, losing in the final at the US Open four times. The only players to defeat Borg in a Grand Slam final were fellow World No. 1 tennis players John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Borg chose to play the Australian Open only once, in 1974, where he lost in the third round. Chris Evert, a contemporary of Borg, has pointed out that skipping Grand Slam tournaments was not unusual then, before counting Grand Slam titles became the norm. Borg has stated publicly that he would have attempted to complete the calendar year Grand Slam and played in the Australian Open had he succeeded in winning the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the year, which he never did. (During Borg's career, the Australian Open was the last Grand Slam tournament of each year.)
Complementing his consistent ground-strokes was his fitness. Both of these factors allowed Borg to be dominant at the French Open.
One of the factors that made Borg unique was his dominance on the grass courts of Wimbledon, where baseliners since World War II did not usually succeed. Some experts attributed his dominance on this surface to his consistency, an underrated serve, and his adaptation to grass courts. Against the best players, he almost always served-and-volleyed on his first serves (but he naturally played from the baseline after his second serves).
Another trait usually associated with Borg is his grace under pressure. His calm court demeanor earned him the nickname of the "Ice Man" or "Ice-Borg.
Borg's physical conditioning was legendary as he could outlast most of his opponents under the most grueling conditions. Contrary to popular belief, however, this wasn't due to his exceptionally low resting heart rate, often reported to be near 35 beats per minute. In his intro to Borg's autobiography My Life and Game, Eugene Scott relates that this myth arose from a medial exam the 18-year-old Borg once took for military service, where his pulse was recorded as 38. Scott goes on to reveal Borg's true pulse rate as "about 50 when he wakes up and around 60 in the afternoon."
Borg is credited with helping to develop the style of play that has come to dominate the game today.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||1974||London WCT, England||Hard (i)||Mark Cox||6–7, 7–6, 6–4|
|2.||1974||Sao Paulo WCT, Brazil||Hard (i)||Arthur Ashe||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|3.||1974||Rome, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase||6–3, 6–4, 6–2|
|4.||1974||French Open, Paris||Clay||Manuel Orantes||2–6, 6–7, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1|
|5.||1974||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Adriano Panatta||6–3, 6–0, 6–7, 6–3|
|6.||1974||Boston, U.S.||Clay||Tom Okker||7–6, 6–1, 6–1|
|7.||1974||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Onny Parun||6–4, 6–4 3–6, 6–2|
|8.||1975||Richmond WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||4–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|9.||1975||Bologna WCT, Italy||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||7–6, 4–6, 7–6|
|10.||1975||French Open, Paris||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–2, 6–3, 6–4|
|11.||1975||Boston, U.S.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–3, 6–4, 6–2|
|12.||1975||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Adriano Panatta||1–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|13.||1976||Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada||Carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||2–6, 6–3, 6–1|
|14.||1976||Sao Paulo WCT, Brazil||Carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||7–6, 6–2|
|15.||1976||Dallas WCT, U.S. – WCT Finals||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas||1–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–1|
|16.||1976||Düsseldorf, West Germany||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–2, 6–2, 6–0|
|17.||1976||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Ilie Năstase||6–4, 6–2, 9–7|
|18.||1976||Boston, U.S.||Clay||Harold Solomon||6–7, 6–4, 6–1, 6–2|
|19.||1977||Memphis, U.S.||Carpet||Brian Gottfried||6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5|
|20.||1977||Nice, France||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 6–0|
|21.||1977||Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco||Clay||Corrado Barazzutti||6–3, 7–5, 6–0|
|22.||1977||Denver, U.S.||Carpet||Brian Gottfried||7–5, 6–2|
|23.||1977||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Jimmy Connors||3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4|
|24.||1977||Boca Raton – Pepsi Grand Slam||Clay||Jimmy Connors||6–4, 5–7, 6–3|
|25.||1977||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Jaime Fillol Sr.||6–3, 6–0, 6–7, 7–6|
|26.||1977||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–2, 7–5, 6–2|
|27.||1977||Basel, Switzerland||Carpet||John Lloyd||6–4, 6–2, 6–3|
|28.||1977||Cologne, West Germany||Carpet||Wojtek Fibak||2–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|29.||1977||Wembley, England||Hard||John Lloyd||6–4, 6–4, 6–3|
|30.||1978||Birmingham WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Dick Stockton||7–6, 7–5|
|31.||1978||Boca Raton – Pepsi Grand Slam||Clay||Jimmy Connors||7–6, 3–6, 6–1|
|32.||1978||Las Vegas, U.S. – WCT Tournament of Champions||Hard||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–5, 5–6, 6–4, 6–5|
|33.||1978||Milan WCT, Italy||Carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–3, 6–3|
|34.||1978||Rome, Italy||Clay||Adriano Panatta||1–6, 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3|
|35.||1978||French Open, Paris||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 6–1, 6–3|
|36.||1978||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Jimmy Connors||6–2, 6–2, 6–3|
|37.||1978||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Corrado Barazzutti||6–1, 6–2|
|38.||1978||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Brian Teacher||6–3, 6–4|
|39.||1979||Richmond WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas||6–3, 6–1|
|40.||1979||Boca Raton – Pepsi Grand Slam||Hard||Jimmy Connors||6–2, 6–3|
|41.||1979||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet||John McEnroe||6–4, 6–2|
|42.||1979||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–2, 6–1, 6–3|
|43.||1979||Las Vegas, U.S.||Hard||Jimmy Connors||6–3, 6–2|
|44.||1979||French Open, Paris||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–3, 6–1, 6–7, 6–4|
|45.||1979||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Roscoe Tanner||6–7, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|46.||1979||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Balázs Taróczy||6–1, 7–5|
|47.||1979||Toronto, Canada||Hard||John McEnroe||6–3, 6–3|
|48.||1979||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Corrado Barazzutti||6–4, 6–0, 6–4|
|49.||1979||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||6–2, 6–2|
|50.||1979||Montreal, Canada – WCT Challenge Cup||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4|
|51.||1979||Masters, New York||Carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–2, 6–2|
|52.||1980||Salisbury, U.S. – WCT Invitational||Carpet||Vijay Amritraj||7–5, 6–1, 6–3|
|53.||1980||Boca Raton, U.S. – Pepsi Grand Slam||Hard||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–1, 5–7, 6–1|
|54.||1980||Nice, France||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–2, 6–0, 6–1|
|55.||1980||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 6–0, 6–2|
|56.||1980||Las Vegas, U.S.||Hard||Harold Solomon||6–3, 6–1|
|57.||1980||French Open, Paris||Clay||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–4, 6–1, 6–2|
|58.||1980||Wimbledon, London||Grass||John McEnroe||1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7, 8–6|
|59.||1980||Stockholm, Sweden||Carpet||John McEnroe||6–3, 6–4|
|60.||1980||Masters, New York||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||6–4, 6–2, 6–2|
|61.||1981||French Open, Paris||Clay||Ivan Lendl||6–1, 4–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–1|
|62.||1981||Stuttgart Outdoor, West Germany||Clay||Ivan Lendl||1–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|63.||1981||Geneva, Switzerland||Clay||Tomáš Šmíd||6–4, 6–3|
|Year||Date||Tournament||Surface||Prize Money||Final Opponent||Final Result||Winners Prize|
|1973||January 30 – February 4||Helsinki Scandinavian Indoor Open Tennis Championships||Indoor carpet||Jacek Niedzwiedzki||6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|1974||January 6–12||Auckland New Zealand Open||Grass||Onny Parun||6–4, 6–3, 6–1|
|1974||January 28 – February 3||Oslo Scandinavian Indoor Open Tennis Championships||Indoor carpet||Raymond Moore||2–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–1|
|1979||Sept 28–30||Marbella European Championships of Tennis||Clay||Adriano Panatta||6–2, 6–2, 7–5|
|1979||Nov 26–29||Milan – Brooklyn Masters Tennis Tournament||Indoor carpet||John McEnroe||1–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|1979||Nov 29-Dec 2||Frankfurt Cup Invitational Tennis Tournament Round Robin||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|1981||Oct 10–13||Edmonton – Challenge Cup||Indoor carpet||José Luis Clerc||6–2, 6–2, 7–5|
|Year||Date||Tournament||Surface||Final Opponent||Final Result||Winners Prize|
|1976||Sep 18–20||Mexico Marlboro Tennis Tournament Round Robin||Clay||Ilie Năstase||7–6, 0–6, 6–1|
|1976||Sep||Guadalajara, Jalisco Round Robin||Clay||Ilie Năstase||6–3, 6–3|
|1976||Oct 11–15||Hilton Head World Invitational Tennis Classic||Clay||Arthur Ashe||6–1, 6–2|
|1976||Nov 5–7||Detroit Michigan Pro tennis 4-men invitational||Indoor carpet||Rod Laver||6–3, 6–1|
|1976||Nov 24–28||Copenhagen Pondus Cup Invitational Tournament Round Robin||Indoor carpet||Wojtek Fibak||7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 7–5|
|1977||Sep 27–30||Hilton Head World Invitational Tennis Classic||Clay||Roscoe Tanner||6–4, 7–5|
|1978||Mar 7–9||Goteborg Invitational Scandinavian Cup||Indoor carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–4, 1–6, 6–3|
|1978||Apr 18–20||Copenhagen Pondus Cup Invitational Tournament Round Robin||Indoor carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|1978||Apr 21–23||Tokyo Suntory Cup||Indoor carpet||Jimmy Connors||6–1, 6–2|
|1978||Oct 16–18||Essen Tennis Championships||Clay||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–3, 7–6|
|1978||Oct 28–29||Manila||Clay||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–2, 7–6|
|1978||Nov||Antwerp||Indoor carpet||Tom Okker||6–4, 6–3|
|1979||Feb 17–18||Vienna Velo Cup Tennis Tournament – 4-men invitational||Indoor carpet||John McEnroe||3–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|1979||Sept 15–16 or 25–27||Essen Tennis Championships – 4-men invitational||Clay||Ilie Năstase||6–1, 6–4|
|1979||Oct 2–3||Groningen – 4-men invitational||Indoor carpet||Eddie Dibbs||6–4, 6–1|
|1979||Oct 5–6||Rotterdam Roxy Tennis Tournament Round Robin – 5-men invitational||Indoor carpet||Eddie Dibbs||6–3, 6–0|
|1979||Nov||Brussels – 4-men invitational||Indoor carpet||Adriano Panatta||6–1, 7–6|
|1979||Dec 27–28||Cairo Egypt's First International Round Robin – 4-men invitational||Clay||Ismail El Shafei||6–2, 6–3, or 6–3, 6–4|
|1980||March 1–2||Mar del Plata, Argentina – 4-men invitational||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 6–3, 6–3|
|1980||March 8–9||Stuttgart Cup-80 – 4-men invitational||Indoor carpet||Adriano Panatta||6–2, 5–7, 6–1|
|1980||October||Berlin – 4-men invitational||Indoor carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||7–6, 6–3|
|1981||Jan 26–27||Bologna – 4-men invitational||Carpet||José Luis Clerc||6–7, 7–5, 7–6|
|1981||Feb 20–22||Melbourne Benson & Hedges Gold Challenge Series (Australia) – 4-men invitational||Vitas Gerulaitis||2-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|1982||March 24–25||Cascais – $68,000 4-men invitational||Carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||7–6, 6–1|
|1982||March 23 or 24–25||Tokyo – $250,000 Suntory Cup||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 6–2||$110,000|
|1982||April 30-May 1||Cairo Four Master Championships 4-men invitational||?||Peter McNamara||6-1 6-4|
|1982||Nov 5–7||Sydney – Akai Gold Challenge||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||6–1, 6–4, 6–2|
|1984||May 10–13||Osaka – Championship of the Gunze Invitational Tennis Tournament||Indoor Carpet||Harold Solomon||6–2, 6–2|
|1985||May 9–12||Tokyo – Gunze World Tennis Tournament||Indoor carpet||Anders Järryd||6–4, 6–3|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||1973||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Ilie Năstase||6–4, 6–1, 6–2|
|2.||1973||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Roy Emerson||5–7, 6–1, 6–4|
|3.||1973||Stockholm, U.S.||Hard (i)||Tom Gorman||6–3, 4–6, 7–6|
|4.||1973||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||3–6. 6–7, 6–4, 6–6, RET.|
|5.||1974||Barcelona WCT, Spain||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|6.||1974||Houston, U.S.||Clay||Rod Laver||7–6, 6–2|
|7.||1974||Dallas WCT, U.S. – WCT Finals||Carpet||John Newcombe||4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–2|
|8.||1974||Indianapolis, U.S.||Clay||Jimmy Connors||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|9.||1974||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Ilie Năstase||6–4, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4|
|10.||1975||Barcelona WCT, Spain||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||7–6, 6–3|
|11.||1975||Munich WCT, West Germany||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||6–4, 7–6|
|12.||1975||Dallas WCT, U.S. – WCT Finals||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–0|
|13.||1975||Masters, Stockholm||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase||6–2, 6–2, 6–1|
|14.||1976||Philadelphia WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||7–6, 6–4, 6–0|
|15.||1976||US Open, New York||Clay||Jimmy Connors||6–4, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4|
|16.||1977||Masters, New York||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||6–4, 1–6, 6–4|
|17.||1978||US Open, New York||Hard||Jimmy Connors||6–4, 6–4, 6–2|
|18.||1979||Dallas WCT, U.S. – WCT Finals||Carpet||John McEnroe||7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–6|
|19.||1980||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Ivan Lendl||4–6, 5–4, RET.|
|20.||1980||US Open, New York||Hard||John McEnroe||7–6, 6–1, 6–7, 5–7, 6–4|
|21.||1980||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Ivan Lendl||6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 0–6, 6–4|
|22.||1981||Milan, Italy||Carpet||John McEnroe||7–6, 6–4|
|23.||1981||Wimbledon, London||Grass||John McEnroe||4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–4|
|24.||1981||US Open, New York||Hard||John McEnroe||4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
|Tournament||1973||1974||1975||1976||1977||1978||1979||1980||1981||Career WR||Career Win–Loss|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1|
|French Open||4R||W||W||QF||A||W||W||W||W||6 / 8||49–2|
|Wimbledon||QF||3R||QF||W||W||W||W||W||F||5 / 9||51–4|
|US Open||4R||2R||SF||F||4R||F||QF||F||F||0 / 9||40–9|
|Win Ratio||0 / 3||1 / 4||1 / 3||1 / 3||1 / 2||2 / 3||2 / 3||2 / 3||1 / 3||11 / 27||N/A|
|The Masters1||A||RR||F||A||F||A||W||W||A||2 / 5||15–7|
A = did not participate in the tournament
WR = the ratio of the number of won tournaments to the number of tournaments played
1The Masters tournaments for calendar years 1977, 1979, and 1980 were actually held in January of the following year. In this table, however, the year of the tournament is listed for the preceding year.