A continuation of the previous thread which looked at this question from 1989-present: (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=290469) In the Open Era prior to 1989, who had the toughest draw to win their first slam? (encompasses 1968-1988.) Candidates IMO: Manuel Orantes (75 US Open) - Nastase, Vilas, Connors Adriano Panatta (76 French) - Borg, Dibbs, Solomon John McEnroe (79 US Open) - Nastase, Dibbs, Connors, Gerulaitis Mats Wilander (82 French) - Lendl, Gerulaitis, Clerc, Vilas Yannick Noah (83 French) - Jarryd, Lendl, Wilander Ivan Lendl (84 French) - Jarryd, Gomez, Wilander, McEnroe Boris Becker (85 Wimbledon) - Nystrom, Mayotte, Leconte, Jarryd, Curren Stefan Edberg (85 Australian) - Masur, Lendl, Wilander Pat Cash (87 Wimbledon) - Forget, Wilander, Connors, Lendl Note: Ashe 68 US Open, Nastase 72 US Open, Borg 74 French and Connors 74 Australian weren't as strong as the above candidates. As usual, no trolling, flaming, bashing or hating, please. Thank you.