foresthills84mcenroe_lendl

foresthills84mcenroe_lendl

Points won by each set: [ 36-31, 28-21 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
30 % McEnroe – 17 of 55
26 % Lendl – 16 of 61

Quite strange short period in history of men’s tennis when clearly two best players in the world couldn’t produce a competing spectacle facing each other – within two months McEnroe easily outplayed Lendl thrice in finals (6-1 6-3 in Brussels, 6-4 6-2 at Forest Hills & 6-3 6-2 in Düsseldorf)! Two of them on clay, so McEnroe’s least favourable surface… “He was spinning in his first serves,” said McEnroe. “He was afraid I was going to come in on his second serve. Of course, that was an advantage. I think I’m playing the best I ever have.” A day before Lendl destroyed 6-0 6-0 Jimmy Connors in the semifinals: “Two completely different games. Yesterday, my strategy was to push the ball back and wait. Today, I had to do something with the ball and I couldn’t. He could.”

McEnroe’s route to his 52nd title:
2 Derek Tarr 6-3, 6-4
3 Steve Denton 6-3, 6-2
Q Johan Kriek 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
S Jimmy Arias 6-1, 6-2
W Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-2

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