Originally Posted by Ramon
Those stats are very deceiving. Connors was past his prime in most of those encounters, but even in '82-'84 when Connors was losing most of the time and clearly past his prime, he found a way to beat Lendl when it mattered the most. Despite those stats, I think Connors had Lendl's number.
If WIKI is correct, Jimbo was 5-8 vs. Lendl from '82-'84. His last win over Ivan was in the Fall of '84 in Tokyo. I remember that was a very good match from Connors, indoors, on fast carpet to boot...which was one of Lendl's very best surfaces.
They had some close ones in there after that, but the balance clearly shifted as Ivan ascended to #1 in '85-87.