Borg vs. McEnroe is about two young men, each out to prove he’s number one—to feel important, to be somebody. To explore Björn and John’s inner turmoil, the film relies on hand-held cameras and Steadicams to convey a sense of immediacy and realism. A counterpoint to this are the sequences designed to create a rich atmosphere with almost symbolic images meant to suggest the historical significance of the events. The film looks at a clash of titans and this requires putting things in proportion. We put the audience in Björn and John’s shoes, but then we back out of this saturated and often claustrophobic environment to reclaim a broader perspective that underlines the importance of the match and the existential dimension of the whole story.