John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg played their first Grand Slam final against one another in July of 1980. Fourteen months later, they'd play their last. If Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had run on a similar timetable, they would have ended their rivalry at Wimbledon in 2006.
The brevity and abrupt conclusion of the rivalry makes for a compelling backdrop to the new documentary "McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice" premiering June 11 at 10 p.m. on HBO. The hour-long doc follows HBO Sports standard formula -- the modern day reminiscing of event's passed, childhood pictures, talking head interviews, vintage highlights, never-before-seen pictures, an emotional ending -- to its typical excellent effect.
"Fire & Ice" doesn't break new ground or and doesn't need to. Some of the stories and highlights are easily remembered, like the fourth-set tiebreak in the 1980 Wimbledon final: