Originally Posted by Gizo
Yes 1983 was a very good year for Lendl despite the fact that he didn't win a blue chip title. He was also the losing finalist to McEnroe at both Dallas and the Masters that year. So he reached 4 finals, 1 semi-final (at Wimbledon) and 1 quarter-final (at Roland Garros) at the 6 biggest events of the year.
Plus he had big title wins at Milan (one of the biggest and richest indoor events on the circuit at the time), Montreal and Tokyo (indoor). McEnroe turned their rivalry around from 1981-1982 and owned him that year with big wins over him at Philadelphia, Dallas, Wimbledon and MSG. That Dallas final was an incredible all-time classic and arguably the best match of their rivalry, and their Wimbledon semi-final saw Mac produce one of the best grass court performances I've ever seen from any player. Still at least he wasn't shut out completely by Mac in 1983 and was able to beat him in the San Francisco final.
Despite all this I agree with the common concensus that Lendl was 'only' the 4th best player that year, behind McEnroe, Wilander and Connors.
As far as the 1983-1984 comparison goes, I also agree with you that Lendl's 1983 was better than Connors' 1984, and that Lendl's 1984 was better than Connor's 1983.
Very true about 83 Lendl.Noah was palying crazy tennis in front of home crowd and Wilander was untouchable at the Melbourne final and semifinal.Mac was nearly as brilliant as in 84 and Connors pulled up a last big efffort for his last ever major.But Lendl had some stomach trouble I lerant so you never know.
Lendlīs 83 was better than Connors 84.And maybe, nš 2 behind Mac and along the other two guys make reflect the true picture about that year.
he also won the very prestigious Chicago Exhibitional event at the start of the year, with two great wins over Borg and Connors ( who came to the event as the newly crowned world nš1) and his round robin defeat at Macīs hands didnīt prevent him from reaching the final and beating in 4 tough sets Jimmy Connors.