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Top 5 players to play the fewest sets to win a Grand Slam

Top 5 players to play the fewest sets to win a Grand Slam

John McEnroe
John McEnroe won his maiden Grand Slam at the 1979 US Open.

4.) John McEnroe (17) – 1979 US Open

The talented but volatile John McEnroe rose to prominence as a 19-year-old when he won the Tour finals in 1978. However, it was his first Grand Slam win that actually announced his arrival to the tennis world. McEnroe dropped just one set during the whole tournament against Ilie Nastase in the second round. He also got a walkover in the third round. In the quarterfinals, it was McEnroe’s opponent who retired in the first set. McEnroe went on to end Jimmy Connors’ five consecutive finals at the US Open streak in the semifinals and followed it up with a straight sets victory in the final to win his maiden Grand Slam. The 1979 US Open featured newer rules, including tiebreakers and seven rounds of matches.

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