antwerp85lendl_mcenroe

antwerp85lendl_mcenroe

Points won by each set: [ 16-27, 41-39, 31-22, 30-16 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
34 % Lendl – 39 of 114
37 % McEnroe – 41 of 108

New York Times
Ivan Lendl overcame John McEnroe to win the $850,000 European Champions’ Championship. Lendl earned $200,000 for his victory and took home the trophy, a life-size, 13.2-pound gold racquet studded with 1,420 diamonds valued at $700,000. The Czechoslovak was awarded the trophy for winning the world’s richest indoor event three times in a five-year span. Lendl won the event in 1982, its first year, and last year. McEnroe, the 1983 E.C.C. winner, earned $130,000 for finishing second. A crowd of 10,000 saw Lendl [1] stage a comeback victory on the Antwerp Sports Palace’s hardcourt. It was the first Lendl-McEnroe confrontation since Lendl beat the American at the United States Open, replacing him as the world’s top-ranked player. Lendl opened nervously against a confident McEnroe [2], who often rushed to the net to handle Lendl’s returns and to break the Czechoslovak’s service in the second and fourth games. Lendl began serving in the second set, double-faulted into 0/30, but recovered just in time to save his service game. Trailing 0/40, on his own service in the second game of the second set, McEnroe managed to win the game as Lendl’s passing was long or wide. But early in the second set, Lendl regained his confidence. From then it was a tight contest that went to 6-all. In the tiebreaker, Lendl took a 4:1 lead, but McEnroe fought back to 5-all before Lendl pulled ahead. “In the first service, he was hitting the ball extremely well. He was taking my service and returning it very hard” Lendl said. “The tie-breaker was crucial. With a bit of luck I could have won it earlier. I think at that point he got discouraged.”

Lendl’s route to his third title in Antwerp:
2 Sergio Casal 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Q Henri Leconte 3-1 ret.
S Anders Jarryd 6-3, 6-2
W John McEnroe 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2

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