Originally Posted by bluetrain4
Mecir was awesome, and he beat all the top players of his generation at one time or another. What held him back? He got beat pretty bad in his 2 Slam finals.
Hard to say. Mecir was very much a "feel" player, and either played well or didn't, depending on how he felt on the day. Apart from this one brilliant win over Lendl at 1987 Miami (arguably the best win of Mecir's career), Mecir had a very poor record against Lendl. The 1986 US Open final was competitive until Lendl won the first set, and then it was a blowout. In the 1989 Australian Open final, Lendl kept hitting shots down the middle to deny Mecir angles, and Mecir didn't do enough to counteract this and it was again one-sided.
Also, I have to mention 1988 Wimbledon, when Mecir destroyed Wilander in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, and was just as dominant in the first 2 sets of his semi final against Edberg in winning them 6-4, 6-2. Mecir's level stayed pretty high even in the following 3 sets even if it had dropped a bit from the first 2 sets, but Edberg was hanging on and started to get more of the crucial points and he eventually came back to win by 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. When you watch this match, you wonder how Mecir didn't win.
Mecir's back troubles began in 1988 as well, I believe, which forced his early retirement after 1990 Wimbledon at the age of 26.