It gave Connors an opening, even from metres behind the baseline.
New York hadn’t always loved Connors, he was the anti-hero of the 70’s, the brashness of the ‘Belleville Basher’ a rude generation change from the gentlemanly Stan Smith. Think Lleyton Hewitt at the start of his career, in contrast to the politeness of Pat Rafter. Imagine a cocky Nick Kyrgios with GRAND SLAM TITLES to his name at the age of 22. And ranked number 1 in the world, a French Open away from winning a Grand Slam in 1974.