The first day of the Zurich Film Festival was attended by tennis superstar Roger Federer. He was there for the screening of Janus Metz Pedersen’s movie Borg vs McEnroe which recounts the rivalry of the 1980 Wimbledon final.
And the 19-time Grand Slam champion says both players had a huge influence on the modern game and him.
“They paved the way for us. So, I’m forever grateful to what Borg and McEnroe did for our sport,” Federer told reporters.
“McEnroe as a player, singles, double, as a commentator and Borg as just an absolute legend and a mystery to some extent as he wasn’t around very much, especially after he retired. And when he played he was extremely quiet and I think the movie actually shows that a little bit.”
Björn Borg is played by Sverrir Gudnason and the volatile, temperamental John McEnroe is played by Shia LaBeouf.
It was always believed that the match was a clash of opposites. But this film suggest the two men had more in common than anyone thought.
It portrays the famously calm Borg as someone who, in fact, had to work hard to control his anger.
Borg vs McEnroe is now showing in cinemas.