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Old 08-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by smoledman View Post
What happened in 1982?
The advent of the graphite racket era. It forever changed how the sport is played by eliminating the touch game, J-Mac's forte.

It's no coincidence that a couple of years later Lendl's career took off, and allowed 17 year old Boris Boom-Boom Becker to win SW19.

Once Lendl figured out how to blow McEnroe off a court, Mac never won a slam again. Would've been very different had Ivan et al. been stuck with wooden rackets.
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