One of my favorite broadcasting traditions is NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon," the ladies' final Saturday at 9 a.m. and the gentlemen's final Sunday at 9 a.m. Great tennis and the All England Club are a brilliant mix.
This will be the 41st year of coverage for NBC, the 31st straight year for "Breakfast at Wimbledon" and the 30th anniversary of the Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe epic five-setter that Borg won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6. It was the last of Borg's five straight Wimbledon titles and McEnroe's first Wimbledon final. He then went on to beat Borg in 1981 on his way to three Wimbledon titles in four years.
The NBC broadcast team of Ted Robinson, Mary Carillo and McEnroe will have the call. I spoke to McEnroe about his match with Borg and the weekend matches:
Mac on Borg » This match has stuck with me my entire career. It changed me as a person. It gave me respect among the players, the press, the fans. I felt like for one of the few times in my life I was a part of something historic. I knew what was happening. I'm proud to say that that match is still talked about.
Mac on the men's semifinals » It's really interesting, both of them. (Rafael) Nadal I picked to win the tournament, and I still think he wants it so bad because he is in essence defending his title from two years ago. But it would be quite great for the game and certainly here, where we are, for (Andy) Murray to pull that off, and that's a competitive match. The last few times they played in the majors Murray has beaten Nadal. (Tomas) Berdych played the match of his life (against Roger Federer), and it's all come together for him in the last month or so. There are people that thought for sure, and myself included, that he would win majors five or six years ago. Then there is (Novak) Djokovic. He's really good for our game, looks to be really enjoying the sport and finally seems he's gotten his act together, so that's the toughest one to call.
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