Match Stats/Report - McEnroe vs Lendl, Stratton Mountain final, 1985


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John McEnroe beat Ivan Lendl 7-6(4), 6-2 in the Stratton Mountain final, 1985 on hard court

The two would also go onto meet in the finals of the next two tournaments, the Canadian Open (McEnroe win) and US Open (Lendl win)

McEnroe won 69 points, Lendl 52

McEnroe serve-volleyed off all but 1 first serve and most seconds

(Note: I'm missing a number of points, partially or otherwise
- 1 Lendl service point won by Lendl - Set 1, Game 4, Point 1
- McEnroe service game cuts off at 40-0 that he went on to hold. Commentary indicates there was 1 further point and it was an ace - it has been marked so and been assumed it was a first serve - Set 1, Game 5, Point 4 onward
- A Lendl service game starts at 30-30. Commentary indicates 1 point was a Lendl double fault and the ending of 1 point is recorded without serve and return information - Set 1, Game 6, Points 1-4
- Serve and return info a Lendl service point - Set 2, Game 1, Point 1
- 2 McEnroe service points won by McEnroe - Set 2, Game 8, Points 1-2

McEnroe's return rate and Lendl's unreturned serve rate include deduced figures and information from partial points)

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (27/51) 53%
- 1st serve points won (20/27) 74%
- 2nd serve points won (16/24) 67%
- Unknown serve points (2/2)
- Aces 6
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (22/51) 43%

- 1st serve percentage (36/63) 57%
- 1st serve points won (22/36) 61%
- 2nd serve points won (12/27) 44%
- Unknown serve point (3/5) 60%
- Aces 4
- Double Faults 5
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (14/66) 21%

Serve Patterns
McEnroe served...
- to FH 46%
- to BH 42%
- to Body 12%

Lendl served...
- to FH 45%
- to BH 50%
- to Body 5%

Return Stats
McEnroe made...
- 47 (24 FH, 20 BH, 3 ??), including 14 return-approaches
- 3 Winners (3 FH)
- 10 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (3 BH), all return-approach attempts
- 7 Forced (1 FH, 6 BH)
- Return Rate (47/61) 77%

Lendl made...
- 29 (12 FH, 17 BH)
- 6 Winners (4 FH, 2 BH)
- 16 Errors, comprising...
- 2 Unforced (1 FH, 1 BH)
- 14 Forced (9 FH, 5 BH)
- Return Rate (29/51) 57%

Break Points
McEnroe 4/9 (5 games)
Lendl 2/3 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
McEnroe 15 (5 FH, 1 BH, 4 FHV, 3 BHV, 2 OH)
Lendl 19 (7 FH, 9 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH)

McEnroe had from 6 serve-volley points
- 3 first volleys (2 FHV, 1 BHV)
- 3 second volleys (2 FHV, 1 OH)

- 1 from return-approach point, a stop BHV

- FHs - 1 cc return pass, 2 dtl (1 return), 1 inside-out return (a charge) and 1 longline (played as Lendl was retreating from net)
- BH - 1 dtl pass

Lendl's FHs - 2 cc (1 pass, 1 return), 4 dtl passes (2 returns) and 1 inside-out return pass
- BHs - 3 cc passes (1 return, 1 McEnroe misjudged and left), 3 dtl (1 pass), 2 inside-out (1 pass) and 1 inside-in return)

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
McEnroe 17
- 6 Unforced (4 FH, 2 BH)
- 11 Forced (1 FH, 3 BH, 3 FHV, 3 BHV, 1 BH1/2V)… 1 FHV was a baseline shot
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 48.3

Lendl 24
- 9 Unforced (6 FH, 3 BH)
- 15 Forced (4 FH, 11 BH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 47.8

(Note 1: All 1/2 volleys refer to such shots played at net. 1/2 volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke numbers)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
McEnroe was...
- 37/54 (69%) at net, including...
- 23/33 (70%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 13/20 (65%) off 1st serve and...
- 10/13 (77%) off 2nd serve
- 9/14 (64%) return-approaching
- 1/1 forced back

Lendl was...
- 11/14 (79%) at net, including...
- 5/6 (83%) serve-volleying, all 1st serves
- 0/1 forced back/retreated

Match Report
McEnroe is on top of his game, but Lendl's play is hectic in quick conditions. Court seems on the quick side, and with high altitude a factor, distinctly so

Its a simple match to describe. Mac serve-volleys almost all the time and chip-charge 2nd serve returns most. Lendl whacks returns and passes when returning and big groundstrokes and passes when serving

Key is Lendl not returning too well. Hard to say what returning 'well' would be because Mac is very on point with his volleys. Not hard to say what returning 'not well' is... return rate of 57% is much too low

Lendl doesn't hold back on returns. Whacks everything. And usually misses. Was it justified? Possibly, because Mac volleys very well. 0 UEs and the 6 forecourt FEs are all hard, forced errors. And he makes a number of very difficult volleys - very powerfully hit and low balls - well enough to place them well away from Lendl. He scarcely has an easy volley to make because of Lendl's approach: on return and pass, its haymaker or error from Ivan, no compromise. Usually, it turns out to be error. And when it isn't, Mac minimizes points he loses by handling a good chunk of the haymaker passes (though losing most)

That accounts for Mac holding serve quite comfortably. And also his success returning second serves. 17/22 Lendl second serves are chip-charged (including 3 errors and what turned out to be a winner. 1 chip-charge was against a first serve)… and most of the ones that aren't were attempts Mac bails on when he sees he hasn't got the return back well enough

Lendl serves a meaty second serve all match - deep, powerful and sometimes wide. He seems to have known the second serve would come in for this treatment and doesn't make it easy for Mac. Contrast with the pairs match in Philadelphia '83 or Lendl's Masters final against Vitas Gerulaitis, where his second serve was similarly treated, but the serve was quite ordinary. Lots of credit to Mac for the way quality of his chip-charge returns... the serves are strong and the returns sharp. He wins 64% chip-charge points... mostly due to Lendl missing passes with his haymaker or error approach

That just leaves Lendl's first serve points. First, he bangs down serves hard as can. Mac does well to put a good chunk back in play, but can't with any authority. Second, he bangs third ball groundstrokes.

Good job by Mac to at least direct returns to Lendl's BH. Lendl though doesn't see to care... he goes for big BHs just as readily as FHs, and makes no effort to runaround to hit FHs (which would have been easy). Finishes points early by hitting winners or forcing errors, or makes errors trying

61% first serve points are quite low for Lendl. Credit Mac for sure returning keeping the unreturned count to a low 21%... but the rest is on Lendl. His attacking groundgame - attacking being the only kind he plays in the match - isn't good. Similar to how he passes - haymakers or errors - and too many errors to be safe. Some credit to Mac for defensive coping, but far more discredit to Lendl for this

Late in match, Ivan serve-volleys some. Doesn't need to make a volley - wins points via unreturned serves

Match Progression
Mac is thoroughly in control of match. Breaks
to go up 2-0, with a couple of Lendl third ball errors, but chip-charges his way to the last point. Lendl breaks back to love in middle of the set in a game where all his haymaker land in (3 winners, 1 strongly forced volleying error)

There's a testy exchange when an unreturned Lendl second serve is called a let, the call coming late and after Mac seemed to be asking for it to be so called. Lendl testily queries if the call was made due to Mac's asking for it. It does seem to have been. Players exchange some words that don't sound like Christmas card material. Later in the match, down 40-0 Lendl aims a very hard hit FH longline pass at Mac

Mac is always in control of tiebreak. A normal for the match Lendl third ball error and a lovely stop BHV winner off a chip-charge return sees Mac lead 5-1. Lendl pulls a mini-break back when Mac narrowly misses an approach shot, but loses a bad net point, where he twice fails to putaway volleys, allowing Mac to make a winning pass

Mac races out to 5-0 lead and serves for a bagel, but its time for Lendl's haymakers to land in and he breaks with 2 return winners and a strongly forced volleying error. No matter, as Mac serves out the match second time of asking

Summing up, consummate serve-volleying from McEnroe and excellent return-approaching. Lendl though is uncontrolled and a bit wild in his power returning, passing and even normal groundstrokes

Stats for the pair's Canadian Open final just after -
and the US Open final, just after that -
Stats for semi between Lendl and Jimmy Connors -


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Great stats, Waspting! I love your work.

Did you ever run this for Becker vs Lendl, 1989 Wimbledon? If so, I would like to see that.

Keep up the great work!


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Great stats, Waspting! I love your work.

Did you ever run this for Becker vs Lendl, 1989 Wimbledon? If so, I would like to see that.

Keep up the great work!

That one unfortunately doesn't seem to be available in full

Would love to do it. I think its the first tennis match I ever watched. all i remember is there was a tiebreak and Lendl's sharp, head pecking gesture of celebration after hitting good shots

you might like this one, one of the best returning performances I've seen -


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