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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Total points won: 98-78 | 34-34, 33-20, 31-24 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    32 % Lendl – 29 of 88
    34 % McEnroe – 30 of 88

    Entering the match, McEnroe was 4-0 in the US Open finals, Lendl 0-3 (lost three times in a row). McEnroe squandered a set point leading 5:2* in the 1st set; up to that moment he had won 16 consecutive points on serve – in the 9th game he was broken to ‘love’ though. Lendl became the first right-hander to win the US Open since 1973 (in the meantime: 5 – Connors, 4 – McEnroe, 1 – Orantes & Vilas). In the Summer of ’85, Lendl had lost two finals to McEnroe (both in straight sets).

    Lendl’s route to his 48th title (2nd major):
    1 Jay Lapidus 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
    2 Bill Scanlon 6-2, 6-0, 6-3
    3 Horacia de la Pena 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
    4 Jaime Yzaga 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0
    Q Yannick Noah 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
    S Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-3, 7-5
    W John McEnroe 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4

  2. MultiStar83 says:
    I know that the official match time of this match was around 2 hours and 30 minutes, but I have this match on dvd and it is in fact at least 20 minutes shorter than that. I think it was because of a rain interruption at the start of the match and they mistakenly added the time of the break to the official match time…This happens from time to time and it is normally reversed later on. For example the official match time of the famous Davis Cup encounter McEnroe vs. Becker in 1987 was at first 6:39 hours, but this was because they added the time of the then obligatory break between the 3rd and 4th set in Davis Cup matches. Later the 18-minute-break was subtracted and we have the official match time of 6 hours 21 minutes (or 6:20 h..?), as you have written correctly. Also, 2 and a half hours for this match would seem too long to me, as there were so many quick games and so few “deuce-games” in this match. On the other hand McEnroe and Lendl often took an enormous amount of time between points and unlike Nadal or Djokovic today they got away with it then…This is also a reason why their matches normally took quite some time…
    • Voo de Mar says:
      Thanks for the input. Thankfully there’s no big problem when the incorrect match time doesn’t consider the records (like in some cases: for many years I was thinking the Becker-McEnroe rubber created 6:39). Nevertheless it would be good if the match-times of major finals were correct in reliable sources.
      • MultiStar83 says:
        I have just watched the 1st set of that match again and they also say (and it is on the “match-time-clock”, too) that it took 1 hour and 1 minute as you have written above. And okay, this is maybe not 20 minutes “too much”, but at least about 10 minutes. What also has to be considered of course, are the longer “changeover-breaks” at the US Open – also in 1985 already! They are not part of my dvd, but are a part of the match time of course. My DVD took 41 minutes for the first set, but if you add the 6 changeover-breaks multiplied by 2 (for minutes), the match time would be at 53 minutes…Among the 12 games, there were no less than 7 “love games” and just one “deuce-game” (at 2-5 Lendl serving).

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