That 3-hour final turned the tables in the McEnroe-Lendl rivalry. Even though McEnroe ended seasons 1981-82 as the best player in the world, he couldn’t deal at that time with his biggest contender – Lendl. The Czechoslovak, after losing the first two encounters to McEnroe, had won their seven consecutive meetings, dropping just 1 set out of 21 as he entered the 2nd set of their final in Philadelphia! In that pivotal set, McEnroe already had two set points at 5:2*, but needed six SPs in total to end the terrible streak of 11 sets lost in a row to Lendl. In the 3rd set the American trailed 3:4 (15/40) when erased two mini-set points with service winners. “It was an important win for me,” the top-seeded McEnroe said after registering his 31st victory in his last 32 Grand Prix matches and collecting the $54,000 first prize. “I’m not going to pretend that it was a run-of-the-mill-type thing. I needed to win.”
McEnroe’s route to his 40th title:
1 John Sadri 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3
2 Mike De Palmer 7-6(6), 6-2
Q Eliot Teltscher 6-3, 7-6(3)
S Tim Mayotte 6-3, 6-3
W Ivan Lendl 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3
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