Points won by each set: [ 37-32, 38-30 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
47 % McEnroe – 32 of 68
39 % Lendl – 27 of 69

The years 1983-85 it was a period when McEnroe [1] overwhelmed Lendl [2] with his offensive attitude. Between Philadelphia ’83 and US Open ’85, McEnroe won 12 out of their 16 meetings. In the last McEnroe’s win during that period, so that Canadian Open ’85 final, Lendl decided to change his tactics and played the entire match in a serve-and-volley style with aggressive second serves. The crucial moment came as the American led 6:5* (15/0) in the opener – Lendl’s forehand passing-shot was called out and the Czech couldn’t agree with that decision. He lost his temper and the serve. In the 2nd set the only break came at 4:3 when Lendl committed three double faults! “I definitely got very upset in the 12th game of the first set,” Lendl said after the match. “This guy (Shales) is so bad, it’s embarrassing. They hired him to screw up the matches.” At 1-all in the 2nd set Lendl questioned another Shales’ decision, sat on his chair having a double break point forcing Grand Prix supervisor Keith Johnson and referee Andre Binet to come out of the stands to talk to Shales… Four years later they face each other for the second time in the Canadian Open final, but it’s a completely different period in which Lendl regularly beats McEnroe, and does it in Montreal 6-1, 6-3.

McEnroe’s route to his 66th title:
2 Tim Wilkison 6-2, 6-4
3 Nelson Aerts 6-0, 6-1
Q Ramesh Krishnan 6-3, 6-2
S Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-3
W Ivan Lendl 7-5, 6-3

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