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Old 11-14-2012, 07:55 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by Gizo View Post
Lendl's record and title collection at many of the biggest non-slam events available to him, across the full range of surfaces, was very impressive:

Masters (5) – 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986 and 1987
WCT Finals (2) – 1982 and 1985
Canada (6) – 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988 and 1989
Philadelphia (2) – 1986 and 1991
Boca West/Miami (2) – 1986 and 1989
Forest Hills (4) – 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1990
Queen’s (2) – 1989 and 1990
Stockholm (1) – 1989
Cincinnati (1) – 1982
Las Vegas (1) – 1981
Wembley (3) – 1984, 1985 and 1987
Rome (2) – 1986 and 1988
Hamburg (2) – 1987 and 1989
Monte-Carlo (2) – 1985 and 1988
Barcelona (2) – 1980 and 1981
Sydney Indoor (3) – 1985, 1987 and 1989
Tokyo Indoor (3) – 1985, 1985 and 1990
Milan (3) – 1983, 1986 and 1990
Indianapolis (1) – 1985
San Francisco (1) - 1983
Basel (2) – 1980 and 1981
Madrid (1) – 1980

Looking at quality over quantity, I've always rated Lendl's 94 official titles as more impressive Connor's total of 109. That's because Lendl had at least two good quality title wins on every type of surface, outdoor hard, indoor hard, indoor carpet, red clay, green clay and grass, while Connors didn't win any titles on red clay. Also Lendl's total was more well rounded, with a better collection of titles across the bigger tournaments in both Europe and North America, while Connors's title collection is heavily US dominated (he won about 70% of his official titles in his home country).

Lendl's achievement of winning 3 titles in 3 consecutive weeks on 3 different surfaces in March/April 1985 was very impressive; Fort Myers on hard courts, Monte-Carlo on red clay and then the WCT Finals in Dallas on carpet.
Who is amazed at Federer's Basel Open wins? Nobody.
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