Originally Posted by Gizo
I said this a few weeks ago, but Lendl's clay court credentials are incredibly underrated. Over the years I've seen people ranking the likes of Kuerten, Federer, Vilas and Muster above him on clay, which is absolutely absurd. None of those 4 players compare to him on the surface.
It's close between Lendl and Wilander on clay, but I would go with Lendl as his overall clay court CV is slightly better, and in my opinion his peak standard of play on surface was better than Wilander's. Wilander himself has admitted that as well.
I agree with you totally. Lendl in fact has an argument for being the player of the Open Era. I'm not writing he is definitely but he's in the running. The guy won 146 tournaments in his career and 8 majors in 19 finals.
As far as his clay court credentials are concerned, Lendl won more clay court tournaments than Kuerten won total tournaments in his career according to the ATP website. And of course he won three French Opens.
Lendl just in general is vastly underrated. He was incredible at his best.