montreal89lendl_mcenroe

montreal89lendl_mcenroe

Points won by each set: [ 29-15, 31-24 ]
Points won directly on serve:
27 % Lendl – 15 of 55
34 % McEnroe – 15 of 44

The best two players of the 80s, intriguing 15-15 in their H2H at the time, and the 29-year-old Lendl [1] finds his way to overpower the one year older McEnroe [5] in 72 minutes. The Canadian Open ’89 meant an opening of a new chapter in their long rivalry – Lendl initiated a streak of six consecutive wins in their last six meetings not dropping a set, not being even forced to play a tie-break! The serve of the American simply wasn’t a big force anymore in terms of the serve-and-volley action, and he couldn’t deal with Lendl’s heavy ground-strokes… in that final especially Lendl’s backhand was awesome. The last edition of the Canadian Open before its upgrading to the Mercedes Super 9 status (the predecessor of Masters 1K), but until 1997 the event didn’t attract all the best players in the world on a regulars basis…

Lendl’s route to his 81st title:
2 Kelly Jones 7-6(4), 6-1
3 Jimmy Arias 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Q Grant Connell 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-0
S Andre Agassi 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
W John McEnroe 6-1, 6-3

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