Originally Posted by hoodjem
Pretty skinny, youthful looking Lendl, not the honed gladiator of the later 80s.
He was still only 22 then and he definitely got more muscular and fit during the next few years of his career as he really focused on fitness. Yet, you see that with most all tennis players and the population in general. Men tend to keep growing and getting stronger until they are about 25. So, players like Rosewall, Laver, Borg, Connors, Lendl, McEnroe and the list goes on, they tended to be both fitter and stronger at 25 versus 20.
(Bjorn Borg vs. Guillermo Vilas in the 1978 French Open Final. Bjorn Borg lost but 32 games the whole tournament, and won the final 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.)