”I would say that he played very well,” Lendl said. ”Unfortunately, I’ve seen him play very well many times. I was serving well and eventually you’ll feel pressure when you can’t break the other guy’s serve. Then you’ll feel pressure to hold your own serve.”
“He’s very talented,” Lendl continued. ”He has great reflexes. And even when you find something that works against him, you have to change it because he will come up with something else.’‘
The Masters ’84 was held in January ’85. The $100,000 first prize put McEnroe’s 1984 earnings at $2,026,109. He finished that year with an 82-3 match record. ”You can’t compare me to someone who played 50 years ago,” BigMac said. ”When people say I’m the best, it’s nice, but I just let the way I play speak for itself. I don’t need some person to tell me what they think.” McEnroe began his Masters ’84 campaign with a 2-6 0:3 deficit against Jarryd (won it 2-6 6-4 6-2 to destroy 6-1 6-1 Wilander in the semifinals). In the final there was the only bagel set in 36 meetings between McEnroe & Lendl, Big Mac won eleven games in a row (from *4:5 in 1st to 2:0* in 3rd).
McEnroe’s route to his 59th title:
Q Anders Jarryd 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
S Mats Wilander 6-1, 6-1
W Ivan Lendl 7-5, 6-0, 6-4
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