Lendl vs McEnroe WCT Dallas

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  1. bluetrain4

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  2. Devilito

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    you mean where it obviously went between the net and the post and it should have been Lendl's point? Yeah amazing. Amazingly bad call.
     
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    bad call but excellent match. and in those days it would have been difficult to make the right call without the oncourt replays they use these days
     
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    Great find! Thank you! The quality of the tennis is outstanding!
     
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    It was considered as one of the best WCT finals ever, right after the 1972 Rosewall vs Laver final.

    In 1982 Lendl had won in 4 sets but Mc Enroe started to change things at the beginning of 1983, by approaching well into the middle, depriving Lendl for angles, and coming in on anything...
     
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    Yeah, Lendl was thumping Mac in 1982, but McEnroe turned it around in 83 and one of the big wins was the classic 83 WCT Final in Dallas which Mac win in 5 sets. It could have gone either way really and of course, that disputed shot out wide by McEnroe was a big talking point. Those guys hated losing to each other back then!
     
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    Lendl had knocked Mac down with a forehand in Dallas the previous year ('82): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-8lPjgW2YY
     
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    WCT had the honour of hosting some of the best indoor matches ever.The list is so huge...but, off my hat here it goes:
    1971/72 Rosewall vs Laver

    1973: Smith b Ashe

    1974: Newk b Borg

    1975:Ashe b Borg

    1979: Mac b Borg ( and Connors in the semis)

    1980: Connors b Mac

    1983: Mac b Lendl

    1986:Jarryd b Becker

    1987:Mecir b JMac

    1988:Becker b Edberg

    in the early 70´s, guys like Okker,Riessen,Newcombe,Lutz played their best but not enough to beat a Rosewall or a Laver..
     
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    I saw that match live on TV back then. Amazing.
    The last point was of course Lendl's, but the score in that tiebreaker was 0:6, so Lendl did not argue too much. He lost the match already.
     
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    My bad for not seeing that McEnroe hit the ball between the net and the post. Nonetheless, my point remains the same - the point was a great display of tennis I mean, it was a terrific point even if it didn't end with McEnroe winning with that shot.

    In fact, I think the best shot is when Mac barely gets the overhead back, he lands moving backwards, Lendl rifles a forehand right at McEnroe and McEnrore, with those amazing hands, basically takes it right at his feet and to the side of him, yet blocks it back for a good shot.
     
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    Mac beat Lendl twice at Dallas and lost once
    Mac beat Connors twice at Dallas and lost once
    Mac beat Borg in their only meeting at the WCT Finals
    Mac´s last big title was the 1989 WCT Finals ( the last year of the finals, too)

    Plus he won 5 singles titles ( also won the 1979 WCT World doubles finals held at London) out of 8 finals.
    shall JMac have been already named Predilect Son of Dallas?
     
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