Borg vs McEnroe Head to Head Stats

Borg and McEnroe played each other a total of 14 times on the ATP Tour before Borg decided to retire early in 1981.

The last Borg vs McEnroe match was in the final of the US Open in 1981, which McEnroe won in four sets (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3).

Their most memorable match to date was the 1980 Wimbledon final, where Borg beat McEnroe in five sets (1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6).

Borg vs McEnroe Head to Head Stats

Borg vs McEnroe Quick Facts

Bjorn BorgvsJohn McEnroe
1956Year born1959
1973 Year turned Pro1978
Right handedPlaysLeft handed
Two handed backhandBackhandOne handed backhand
7Matches won7
50% (7/14)Winning Percentage50% (7/14)
1Matches won on a hard court3
0Matches won on clay0
5Matches won on carpet3
1Matches won on grass1
4Matches won in Finals5
1Matches won in Grand Slam Tournaments3

Borg vs McEnroe Head to Head Stats

Head to Head at the Grand Slams

Borg and McEnroe played each other a total of four times in grand slam tournaments (twice at the US Open and twice at Wimbledon).

Each of their four grand slam matches was in the final with McEnroe leading their grand slam H2H 3-1.

YearGrand SlamRoundWinnerMatch Score
1981US OpenFinalMcEnroe4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
1981WimbledonFinalMcEnroe4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4
1980US OpenFinalMcEnroe7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4
1980WimbledonFinalBorg1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6

Head to Head by Court Surface

Out of their 14 matches, eight were played on indoor carpet courts, one on indoor hard courts, three on outdoor hard courts, and two on outdoor grass courts.

Head to Head on Indoor Carpet Courts

Borg and McEnroe played each other a total of eight times on indoor carpet courts with Borg leading their H2H on this surface 5-3.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
1981WCT MilanFinalMcEnroe7-6, 6-4
1980Volvo MastersRRBorg6-4, 6-7, 7-6
1980WCT StockholmFinalBorg6-3, 6-4
1979Colgate-Palmolive MastersSemifinalsBorg6-7, 6-3, 7-6
1979WCT FinalsFinalMcEnroe7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
1979WCT RotterdamFinalBorg6-4, 6-2
1979WCT New OrleansSemifinalsMcEnroe5-7, 6-1, 7-6
1979WCT RichmondSemifinalsBorg4-6, 7-6, 6-3

Head to Head on Hard Courts (Indoor and Outdoor)

McEnroe and Borg played once on indoor hard courts and three times on outdoor hard courts with McEnroe leading the H2H on this surface 3-1.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
1981US OpenFinalMcEnroe4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
1980US OpenFinalMcEnroe7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4
1979TorontoFinalBorg6-3, 6-3
1978StockholmSemifinalsMcEnroe6-3, 6-4

Head to Head on Grass Courts

Both of their matches on grass courts were at the Wimbledon Championships with their H2H standing at one win each.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
1981WimbledonFinalMcEnroe4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4
1980WimbledonFinalBorg1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6

Borg vs McEnroe Matches Played per Year

Below is a schedule of the matches played by Borg and McEnroe over the course of their careers.

YearMatches PlayedBorg WinsMcEnroe WinsH2H (Borg – McEnroe)
1978110-1
19796424-3
19804317-4
1981337-7

Below are match highlights from the 1980 Wimbledon final which some consider to be one of the greatest matches of all time.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Borg and McEnroe Rivalry

How many times did Borg face McEnroe?

Borg and McEnroe played each other a total of fourteen times on the ATP Tour between 1978 and 1981.

Who won more grand slams Borg or McEnroe?

Bjorn Borg won a total of 11 grand slam singles titles while John McEnroe won a total of 7.

Who won the Wimbledon Borg vs McEnroe Finals?

Borg won their first Wimbledon final in 1980 in 5 sets (1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6) while McEnroe won Wimbledon the following year, beating Borg in four sets in the 1981 Wimbledon men’s singles final