Originally Posted by kiki
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.
1983 was a very good quality year, with Mac, Connors, Wilander, Lendl all playing a very high standard of tennis, and Noah's brilliant and inspired clay court season (beating both Lendl and Wilander to win a major on clay is amazing). Mac's conversation with Don Budge about how to beat Lendl (attacking and approaching up the middle of the court and not giving him all those angles) helped him the turn the tables on the Ivan.
And yes that Challenge of Champions invitational was a huge event. Mac, Connors and Lendl all won it at least twice. It may have been the richest invitational event of the 80s actually, or at worst one of the richest and most prestigious.