US Open 1986

It was the highest point in Ivan Lendl‘s career. The 26-year-old Czechoslovak had won in 1986: ‘Masters’ (January ’86), so-called “fifth Grand Slam” at Boca Raton and Roland Garros. With a slow decline of his arch-American rivals (John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors) he confirmed his powerful supremacy over the whole tennis world, losing just one set in the fortnight. The tournament indicated not only a decline of two great American players but also the entire generation of Yankees overall – for the first time in the Open era just one of them advanced to the US Open quarterfinals (Tim Wilkison), and for the first time in the era, neither of them appeared in semifinals. Read more
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