U.S. Open, New York
August 27, 1984; 128 Draw (16 seeded); $1,066,676; Surface – Hard
1984… it was a year of John McEnroe’s total dominance. The American prior to the US Open ’84 had lost just two matches during the season (!), and confirmed his supremacy over the tennis elite outplaying Ivan Lendl in the final, revenging a bitter French Open defeat. The tournament was highlighted by dramatic semi-finals on super Saturday, arguably the most exciting semi-final day in majors of the Open era.
First round: Steve Goldstein, Bill Fleischman
Win an opening-round match by rolling 6-1 three times and you have enough energy left to expand on several tennis-related subjects. That’s what an expansive John McEnroe did yesterday. The U.S. Open’s No. 1 seeded player demolished the thoroughly over-matched Colin Dowdeswell, of Great Britain, in just one hour and 10 minutes, then covered such topics as the down state of men’s tennis and his own behavior. “Tennis is in kind of a lull,” McEnroe said. “There seems to be a gap (between the top few players and the rest) and it not necessarily has to be. There’s potentially some good players around, but no one seems to have come about. I guess it’s only every 10 years that you get a really great player. It’s three years since Borg retired and we’re still talking about him. That’s not right. A guy like Noah – I think a lot more was expected out of him. Maybe he’ll come back (from a thigh injury). Until last week Wilander really hadn’t had a good year.” A week before Wilander triumphed in Cincinnati. Funny McEnroe should mention Stefan Edberg. The Olympic champion just happens to be Mac’s next opponent. “Edberg has a good serve and he’s unpredictable,” said the three-time Open titlist (1979-81). “He has nothing to lose. The question (for Edberg and the others) is whether or not they can pull it together. They get everything handed to them at an early age. I don’t think these guys are prepared for the pressure. That’s why they start to panic.” None had as rough a time as Jimmy Arias, the struggling No. 6 seed, who has yet to make it past the semifinal in any tournament this year. It took him four sets to beat Terry Moor, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(6), with the final-set tiebreaker turning around after Moor failed to convert double set point. Arias won almost identical match at the US Open in the first round a year before as he defeated Tom Gullikson. Aaron Krickstein almost became the day’s biggest upset victim in the opening match on the stadium court. Krickstein dropped the first two sets to Bruce Manson, 3-6, 2-6, before rallying, 7-6(1) and 6-2. Krickstein was leading 4-0 in the fifth set when cramps forced Manson to retire. “Going into today,” said Krickstein, “I had lost three straight matches and didn’t have too much confidence. I hit some good shots in the third set and played well in the tie-breaker, which turned things around for me.”
“I feel I’m on schedule,” Rodney Harmon said last night after – you guessed it – losing in the first round of the Open to Sweden’s Stefan Simonsson, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2. Simonsson, by the way, is ranked No. 99. “I’m safely in the top 100,” Harmon added. “I just hope to play well this fall and, hopefully, move up.” Harmon has enough talent to move up – powerful serve, aggressiveness and above-average ground strokes. What he lacks is consistency and experience. Too often in his match against Simonsson he played superbly, only to flub a relatively easy shot when the momentum had shifted in his favor. “Over five sets you’re going to miss some easy shots,” Harmon said. “The thing is, you have to keep your mental state when you miss the bad shots. It’s so easy to go to pieces.”
Second round: Bill Fleischman
John McEnroe formally introduced himself to the new whiz kid of tennis last night, blitzing Stefan Edberg, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1, to reach the third round of the U.S. Open. Edberg, an 18-year-old Swede, was expected to provide the top seed with a stern early test, but instead it was McEnroe dealing out the lessons as he won nine consecutive games midway through the match. McEnroe jumped to a 3:0 lead, and from 4:2 in the opening set he put together his string of nine games that carried him to 1:0 in the third set. After Edberg managed to hold in the second game, McEnroe swept through the final five to end the one-sided contest in an hour and 16 minutes.
Earlier, defending champion Jimmy Connors enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in the sun with an old friend as he registered a convincing 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory over  Brian Gottfried. “It was a difficult match even though I won in straight sets,” Connors said. “I’ve played that guy since I was 8 years old and the court conditions today were difficult in the swirling wind. You get out there and try to get on and off as quickly as you can“. It was the last match in career of 32-year-old Gottfried; former No. 3 in singles, one of the biggest doubles specialists in the Open era. To his credit, Jimmy Arias didn’t alibi. The sixth seed in the U.S. Open tennis tournament, a semifinalist at last year’s tournament, was upset by Gene Mayer yesterday and never said a word about the painful bone bruise and strained ligaments in his right foot that hobbled him throughout the match. Arias even rejected a shot of Novocaine before being laid low by Mayer, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, in 84 minutes. Instead, Arias credited the variety of shots in the Mayer arsenal, which never allowed him to find his rhythm on the stadium court at the National Tennis Center. “The only incentive I had,” said Mayer, “was to think that Arias is somewhere between 15 and 20 years younger than me and that he might be able to last a little bit longer in the hot sun, so try to make the points shorter.” There were never any extended rallies, and Mayer, who hits double-handed from both sides, troubled the favored Arias with his artfully deceptive dinks and drop shots. “He hits so many different kinds of shots,” said Arias. “It’s hard to get a rhythm, especially on the center court. It’s hard to get a feel for a match because it’s windy in there. I never felt in control of my shots, much less the match.” Last night, second-seeded Ivan Lendl struggled before ousting Eddie Edwards of South Africa, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-1, in 2 hours, 46 minutes. The only major surprise was a straight-set loss by Scott Davis, ranked 25th, to Brad Drewett of Australia, ranked 89th. In February, Gerulaitis was in a Palm Springs, Calif., bar when he overheard someone say, “Gerulaitis is finished. He’ll never win another match.” The voice belonged to Gianni Ocleppo of Italy, ranked somewhere in the 70s, and a player who had won only nine games in two matches against Gerulaitis. The New Yorker was upset. “I’ve always been nice to him,” said Gerulaitis. “That’s what burns me.” In any event, Gerulaitis put those words in his memory bank and withdrew them yesterday, using them to fuel his 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 thrashing of the Italian. The former Open finalist has had his ups and downs the last three years. At last year’s Open, he lost to Aaron Krickstein, then barely 16, and for a time the flamboyant Gerulaitis looked ready to retire at any moment. In fact, he said then that he was playing only for his bank account. “I made a few real-estate deals that didn’t work out,” he said yesterday. “Now I’m out of the woods.”
Third round: From Herald Wire Services
Chris Evert Lloyd was trying to be anonymous, which isn’t easy for her. Her husband, John Lloyd, had just played the match of his life, upending seventh-seeded Johan Kriek, 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-2, 6-3, Sunday at the U.S. Open. In the tunnel behind the grandstand court, reporters clustered around Evert, wanting to know how she felt. Politely, she evaded them. She has had so many of these moments in her career. He has had so few. She didn’t want to intrude. When he finally appeared and well-wishers left them alone, they embraced beneath the stands and she was gone. Lloyd has become a sentimental favorite at the U.S. Open. In part, it is an expression of allegiance and affection for his wife. In part, it is rooted in a desire to see him make the most of his abilities the way she has for so long. As he served for the match, an off-duty umpire sitting in the stands committed a grave indiscretion: “C’mon, Johnny,” he said. “Last year was like a fairy tale, coming in ranked 280 and making the round of 16,” said Lloyd, now ranked 49th. “I had a good chance of making the quarters and they were behind me, and I think it has carried on from there. It’s like Wimbledon for me here. I think they’ve just grown with me.” No. 3 Jimmy Connors, the defending men’s champion, celebrated his 32nd birthday by defeating Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2). Leconte is a young Frenchman, who sometimes plays as if he was never taught what the lines are for. When he acknowledges them, he can be frightening. Sunday, he wasn’t. “He’s tough to play because you don’t know what to expect,” Connors said. “But on the other hand, he doesn’t know what to expect from his game either. It’s the kind of match that makes me very alert.” John McEnroe, the top seed, is threatening to become a bore. His behavior has been as impeccable as his play. He came into the tournament with what seemed to be the toughest draw of any of the top seeds. But in the second round, Stefan Edberg disintegrated and Kevin Curren defaulted to Kevin Moir. Moir offered little resistance Sunday, capitulating, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3. McEnroe has only lost 12 games in three matches. He isn’t complaining. “I don’t feel that if you suddenly play a five-set match, that is going to get you into better shape down the line,” he said. McEnroe will face Robert Green, who studied Russian language and literature at Boston University so he could read Tolstoy in the original. He is also the 132nd-ranked player in the world. Sunday, he defeated John Fitzgerald, who is ranked 47th, by 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6). Leading, 4:3, in the tie-breaker, Green served two aces (one on a second serve) to make it 6:3. Fitzgerald saved three match points, the last when Green double-faulted at 6:5. But at 7:6, Green hit a low backhand return at Fitzgerald’s feet and the match was his. Green, who turned pro early last year when he was admitted to graduate school at George Washington Unversity but not at Harvard, said, “I haven’t played anyone yet who is unbeatable on these courts. My next match, I’ll play someone who a lot of people think is unbeatable, including me.”
Another player who has seen his self-confidence wax and wane is Vitas Gerulaitis. The 12th seed from Kings Point, N.Y., returned to the grandstand court, the scene of his defeat last year at the hands of Aaron Krickstein, to play an unknown qualifier, Ken Flach, ranked 224th in the world. “I always make it interesting for the crowd,” Gerulaitis said in a half- complaining, half-boasting manner. “Everyone wants to see a fifth set. Even my friends were rooting for me to lose the fourth.” Oddly enough, Flach had warmed up with Krickstein and had asked him about his match with Gerulaitis. “It felt weird because I got down two sets to love, and that’s what happened (to Krickstein) last year,” said Flach. “It’s a shame it was not the same result.” Gerulaitis won 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-7(2), 6-1.
Fourth round: Steve Goldstein, Bill Fleischman
Vitas Gerulaitis wonders what all the fuss was about. Sure, and George Steinbrenner couldn’t understand the turmoil his comments caused. Gerulaitis bowed out of the U.S. Open yesterday, losing to fifth-seeded Andres Gomez 6-4, 7-6(8), 6-1 in a fourth-round match. But Gerulaitis went out smiling and with a twinkle in his eyes. As Gerulaitis faded from the tournament, he laughed and insisted, “I just did it in fun, but then some people took it more seriously than it should have been taken“. Gerulaitis had a chance to even the match in the wild second-set tie-break. At 6:5, with Gomez at the net, Gerulaitis lifted a weak lob that the Ecuadoran smashed away for a winner. The New Yorker fashioned his towel into a noose as the players changed ends. The hanging actually came a few moments later, after Gerulaitis hit a forehand over the baseline at the end of a long rally. After falling behind 0:3 in the third set, Gerulaitis stopped trying. “In my mind, I’m no longer a clay-court specialist,” Gomez said. “I think that I’m now an all-around player.” He advanced to quarter-finals also at the French Open and Wimbledon in 1984. Pat Cash, the designated Great Bright Hope of Australian tennis, yesterday helped to justify some of the hoopla surrounding him by reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. After playing poorly in the first set, the 19-year-old from Melbourne rolled over Greg Holmes, a former NCAA champion, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-1, in a little more than two hours on the hard courts at the National Tennis Center. The 15th-seeded Cash will meet the winner of today’s match between fourth-seeded Mats Wilander and Tim Mayotte, which was postponed last night by rain at 3:3 in the first set. Cash defeated Wilander on grass this summer on his way to the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost a well-played match to John McEnroe. For Gomez to go beyond the quarterfinals will require a victory over second-seeded Ivan Lendl, who had little trouble eliminating Anders Jarryd of tennis’ Swedish army, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. “I’m not dead yet, and I’m still eager,” said Jimmy Connors, who reached the quarterfinals last night by defeating Joakim Nystrom of Sweden 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-3. “I’m proud of the fact that I can still play competitive tennis, because it’s so much harder now. It takes so much more work and practice, and there are so many good young players. But honestly, I am a little tired of the grind now. And after the U.S. Open, I’ll probably play very little the rest of the year. And next year, I plan to cut back pretty heavily on my schedule. The only reason I’m still playing now is because I still enjoy the competition, trying to beat these young guys. It’s a challenge and it’s fun. The money really isn’t a factor anymore.”
Robert Green Sr. was as overwhelmed to be in a front-row seat at Louis Armstrong Stadium as his son was to be in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Green snapped pictures, saved a tennis ball as a souvenir, prodded Bob Jr. with constant cheering and tentatively introduced himself to John McEnroe Sr., the other proud father at court-side Tuesday. “I recognize you from all those times on TV,” Green said to McEnroe, extending an outstretched hand during his son’s 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 loss to the world’s No. 1 player. “You’re always in this box, but, boy, am I surprised to be here. I just hope we don’t lose the glass slipper by the end of the day.” In four straight-set victories, 12 sets overall, John McEnroe has lost just 19 games. “You’d like to get your game honed up,” McEnroe said, “and theoretically it’s easier to do if you play successively better players. But, you play the guy who won the prior round and Green did that.” 7 out of 8 matches were concluded after three-setters, the only 4-setter came from a match between John Lloyd and Henrik Sundstrom, the 30-year-old Lloyd won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Quarterfinals: Bill Fleischman
Even his loyal Ecuadoran rooting section couldn’t help Andres Gomez against Ivan Lendl. Last night, as they have each time Gomez has played in the U.S. Open, about 25 Ecuadorans sat in the top rows at the south end of Louis Armstrong Stadium. A small yellow, blue and red Ecuadoran flag was draped over the top railing and at each changeover, they would clap and chant “Go-mez, Go-mez.” Huddled together in the breeze and evening chill, they rang their cowbell and suffered through each point with Ecuador’s No. 1 sports star. On most Lendl errors they would whisper “Yes.” On many Gomez errors, they would bury their heads in their hands. Unfortunately for the enthusiastic Ecuadorans, there were more errors by the fifth-seeded Gomez than by Lendl as the Open’s No. 2 seed advanced to a semifinal with a surprisingly easy 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 victory. Since Gomez is an accomplished surfer, maybe the Ecuadorans should have started the “wave” that is fashionable among sporting crowds. Or maybe they should have played Beach Boys music. Anyway, Pat Cash, the 19-year-old new hope to carry on Australia’s tennis tradition, reached the semis with a 7-6(3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 afternoon victory over fourth-seeded Mats Wilander. Cash, the tournament’s No. 15 seed, has enough talent to be a top five player. But, unlike those Aussie rogues like John Newcombe and Fred Stolle from another era, Cash has an overdose of surliness. He has been publicly lectured by Newcombe for his poor attitude. Aussie fans hope that Cash’s problem is just immaturity. Unlike Gomez, Cash didn’t have any countrymen waving koala bears, green and gold Aussie flags or cans of Foster’s Lager. But Cash didn’t need much support. He won the 1st set in a tiebreaker, then broke Wilander in the final game of the 2nd set. Cash’s concentration faltered in the 3rd set, which was the only set Cash has dropped in the tournament. Leading 4:3 in the 4th set, Cash again broke Wilander, then closed out the match by winning a love game. “I think he was a bit below his best,” Cash said. “He’s coming off an injury. I don’t think he passed all that well.” Despite a flurry of adverse line calls and a warning from the umpire, top-seeded John McEnroe corralled his anger and collared a spot in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gene Mayer last night. McEnroe, seeking his fourth title in America’s premier tennis event, next will meet Connors, who has won here on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Center the last two years. Jimmy Connors advanced earlier in the day by eliminating Great Britain’s John Lloyd 7-5, 6-2, 6-0. It took Connors 31 minutes to win the 2nd set and only 20 more minutes to complete what by then had turned into a rout. After the 1st set, Connors never dropped his service. And Lloyd was able to hold his serve only twice, in the first and fifth games of the second set. “I think he got better and my game stayed around the same,” Lloyd said. ‘‘I think he was a bit nervous in the first set, but he got rid of his nervousness and just seemed to get better and better after that. He raised his game another notch.” Connors continued his streak of never having lost a set to Lloyd. It was the 11th consecutive year that Connors has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
Semifinals: Steve Goldstein
One of the most astounding days in the history of the U.S. Open: 631 points played with winners of all sorts, ended 45 minutes short of midnight, with John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl surviving five-set marathons for the right to meet in today’s final. McEnroe outlasted Jimmy Connors, winner of the last two Opens, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in 3 hours 46 minutes. That match followed the three-set women’s final, which was preceded by Lendl’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(4) triumph over 15th-seeded Pat Cash of Australia, which took 3 hours, 39 minutes. Connors played extremely well, rallying from a 2-sets-to-1 deficit and pounding his returns past McEnroe, who was serving effectively. Serving for a 2-1 lead in sets, McEnroe double-faulted to love-30 after Connors won the first point on a sweeping forehand volley. He pulled back to 30/30 before Connors moved to break point when McEnroe netted. And when McEnroe double-faulted facing break point, the set was back on serve. Connors held at love to pull to 5:5 and McEnroe held at 30 to take a 6:5 lead. With Connors leading 30/15 in the 12th game, McEnroe was brilliant, forcing Connors into two errors, then closing out the break and the 3rd set with a backhand cross-court volley that landed on the sideline. Connors broke McEnroe to begin the 4th set and built his lead to 2:0. He increased his advantage to *5:2 (deuce) when he broke McEnroe’s service again in the 7th game – a break that proved crucial when he lost his own service in the 8th game. Connors then staved off another break point at 30/40 in the 10th game, winning the final three points to wrap up the set and knot the match at two sets apiece. “I thought it was a great match,” McEnroe said. “He had won the last two Opens and I had won three in a row (1979-81), so I had a feeling I had to take matters into my own hands. I had a feeling that if he won today, he’d win tomorrow.” McEnroe said he expected that Lendl also would be war-weary today after their debilitating matches. “We both want to win,” he said, “so we both should be able to bounce back.” Earlier, when asked whom he was rooting for in the Connors-McEnroe semifinal, Lendl said: “I’m rooting for 7-6 in the fifth (set), so it will be fair tomorrow.” He almost got his wish. McEnroe leads Lendl, 10-9, in their career series. The New Yorker is seeking revenge after his five-set loss in the French Open final, which ended a streak of five wins over the Czech. Lendl’s match with Cash began in an unassuming manner, with Lendl looking like a sure bet for his third straight final after taking a 2-1 lead in sets. That was one set before it turned into guerrilla warfare, before Lendl nearly ended up wearing a choke collar again, before each player saved a match point in the final set. And before a heart-in-the-throat thriller of a tie-breaker that was knotted, 4:4, before Lendl won three straight points to end the mayhem. It ended with the 19-year-old Australian hurling one racket 10 rows into the seats and smashing another in the player’s tunnel while leaving the court. ”I’m going to go now and take a bath and have a massage,” Lendl said. ”Take another bath, have another massage and do it as long as it pleases me. Then I will have a good dinner and, hopefully, tomorrow I will be fit.” Lendl turned what would have been a humiliating defeat into a stirring victory. After an aggressive Cash won the 1st set, Lendl pulled up his first-serve percentage and ran roughshod over Cash in the second and third sets. The crowd, which was solidly behind the Australian, despaired at seeing him go so quietly. But Cash had other plans. Bolstered by a huge ovation after the 9th game – applause that he encouraged by raising his arms – Cash battled to a tie-breaker. He actually had two set points in the 12th game, but he got overanxious and made four straight errors, the last two being long service returns off second deliveries from Lendl. At 5-all in the tie-breaker, Lendl mis-hit a forehand from the baseline. Faced with the third set point against him, Lendl mis-hit a backhand service return. The match was even, and the man from Melbourne looked very strong indeed. Lendl immediately justified his worst fears by double-faulting to lose his serve in the first game of the final set. It was the first time since the second game of the match that he had dropped his serve. But he broke right back in the following game with a backhand pass, and the opponents then held their serves through the next seven games. Cash, serving at 4:5, double-faulted to give Lendl a match point. The huge crowd grew quiet for the first time, then erupted in cheers as Lendl netted a service return. Cash won the next two points and the set was even again. Lendl lost his serve at 15 and Cash served for the match. After saving one break point, the 15th-seeded Cash got his first match point with a lunging forehand cross-court-volley winner. Cash struck a ball that he thought was an ace and reacted angrily when the linesman ruled otherwise. With elimination staring him in the face, Lendl hit his shot of the match, a running topspin lob off a Cash forehand volley. Cash just managed to get his forehand on it, but the ball went wide. It was just one of many effective lobs that the Czech used against Cash to neutralize his net game. From ‘deuce’, Cash made two errors to lose his serve, sending the match into a final tie-break – a heart-breaker in this case. Cash pointed his finger at the linesman, as if to say, “You cost me the match.” Lendl misunderstood the gesture and yelled back at Cash, but Cash quickly explained that Lendl was not the cause of his anger. From 4:4 in the tie-breaker, Cash hit a long service return and Lendl followed with a running backhand pass down the line for his second match point. A Lendl service return was volleyed into the net by Cash, and the match was over. After they shook hands, Cash launched his racket, an action that boomeranged on the Aussie in the form of a $2,000 fine for “unsportsmanlike conduct.” The racket was caught by Peter Husting of Winnetka, who was thrilled to have the trophy. He said he was rooting for Cash all the way. “I think the crowd was unbelievable,” Cash said later. “I was really surprised. It really did help lift me.” Cash described the match as “the most unbelievable in my life.” The Wimbledon semifinalist said he felt “pretty good,” but added that he still felt a sense of disappointment at not reaching the final. Asked what he would remember about the match, Lendl said, “I’ll remember that he was playing very well and that it was like a roller coaster. I was a set down, then it looked like I had the match under my belt. I lost the fourth set after having more chances than him. There were so many turns and twists that it is hard to imagine and think of.“
Final: Bob Greene
With an awesome display of his talent, John McEnroe crushed Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 yesterday to capture his fourth U.S. Open men’s singles title, then warned his fellow tennis players that “I can get better than that.” The 1-hour 40-minute victory, McEnroe’s first in America’s premier tennis event since 1981, cemented his position as the world’s greatest tennis player and handed Lendl his third consecutive title match defeat here on the hardcourts of the National Tennis Center. “I’ve gotten better this year,” said McEnroe, who has let his racket do the talking. And it has been talking loudly. For the left-hander, the victory was a measure of revenge for his loss to Lendl in the title match of the French Open earlier this year. “He wasn’t going to have time to hit passing shots like he did then,” McEnroe said of the difference between the slow red European clay courts of Paris and the DecoTurf II surface at Louis Armstrong Stadium. “And being tired made me concentrate better. I played the big points well when I needed to. I had a couple of good breaks, good reflexes. “If I hit it well enough, it doesn’t matter what the other guy’s got,” he said. “I don’t change my game. I hit my shots.” McEnroe said his five-set semifinal struggle against Jimmy Connors Saturday night actually helped him: “I feel exhausted – unbelievable and terrible at the same time.” Unlike the last two years, when he was conquered by Jimmy Connors, on this day Lendl did not fold. He was simply crushed, mutilated and torn by the brash New Yorker who finally received cheers and encouragement. “I attacked his serve more,” McEnroe said. “That’s the way to beat him, and that’s the strong part of my game.” It was “McEnroe the Magnificent” who won the U.S. Open for the first time since his three-year streak was capped in 1981 with a victory over Sweden’s Bjorn Borg. “It’s been a few years,” McEnroe said. “I’m really happy to be here once again, especially in New York.” It continued the mastery of American left-handers – McEnroe and Connors have won every U.S. Open since the championships were moved to the hardcourts of the National Tennis Center in 1978. Lendl, obviously disappointed, told the crowd: “I hope to get it sometime.” And, in the opening set, it was one game – actually one point – that provided McEnroe the crucial break and set the tone of the match. In the 6th game, after Lendl captured the opening point, the two battled to 30/30 before McEnroe reached break point. Then, with both players eyeball-to-eyeball at the net, McEnroe capped a rapid-fire volley exchange with a crisp placement that Lendl could only look at. It was the only service break of the set, but it was the only one the reigning Wimbledon champion needed. The McEnroe magic continued to dazzle the crowd of 20,722 in the second set when he pulled out of his seemingly limitless assortment of shots one that rated a 10 on a “thrill scale.” Lendl was at double-break point at 15/40 in the second game. Then, the Czechoslovak right-hander, the tournament’s No. 2 seed and ranked second in the world, found McEnroe at the net and sent a blazing forehand passing shot toward the empty court. But the ball hit the net and bounced into the air. McEnroe lost the ball and made a 360-degree turn, searching for it. And when he found it, he knew exactly what to do, pulling a vicious forehand passing shot down the line. He had pulled back to 30/40, and he made it deuce moments later when he followed his serve to the net and put away a backhand cross-court volley. He then ripped a backhand cross-court and followed with a service winner to hold serve. Lendl never reached break point against McEnroe’s serve again in the match as the left-hander controlled every point, every move on the court – playing his own chess game with Lendl as a pawn. He broke Lendl in the 7th game of the middle set, roaring back from a 40/15 deficit by winning the next four points. That was enough to put the 2nd set in the bank. He was like a runaway train in the third set, breaking Lendl’s service in the first, third and seventh games of the 3rd set. It was not only that McEnroe had all the answers. On this day, on this surface, in this title match, Lendl had no questions. The victory was worth $160,000 for McEnroe. Lendl collected $80,000. It also ran McEnroe’s 1984 match record to 66-2. It’s McEnroe’s 56th title, 7th and the last major. Stats of the final