Lendl–McEnroe rivalry

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John McEnroe (7 Singles slams) dominated ATP in first half of 1980s.
Ivan Lendl (8 Singles slams) dominated ATP in second half of 1980s.

This was a tennis rivalry between Czech Ivan Lendl, and American John McEnroe, who met in their careers 36 times between 1980 and 1992.[1][2] They met over 60 times in total in tournament play. It is one of the most notable tennis rivalries of the open era.[3] Their most memorable match was in Roland Garros in 1984, when Lendl came from two sets down to win the final.[3]

Head to head[edit]

Official matches (Lendl 21–15 McEnroe)[edit]

Legend (Lendl – McEnroe)
Grand Slam (7–3)
Masters (3–2)
WCT Finals (1–2)
Davis Cup (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–0)
ATP International Series (8–8)
  • Note: WEA indicates a match canceled due to weather, does not count as a victory.
Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
1980 Milan Carpet SF John McEnroe 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
1980 US Open Hard QF John McEnroe 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 7–5
1981 French Open Clay QF Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–4, 7–5
1981 Davis Cup, New York City Hard QF Ivan Lendl 6–4, 14–12, 7–5
1981 Masters, New York City Carpet SF Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–2
1982 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
1982 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard SF Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–4
1982 US Open Hard SF Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–4, 7–6
1982 Masters, New York City Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
1983 U.S. Pro Indoor, Philadelphia Carpet F John McEnroe 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–3
1983 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet F John McEnroe 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6
1983 Wimbledon Grass SF John McEnroe 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
1983 San Francisco Carpet F Ivan Lendl 3–6, 7–6, 6–4
1983 Masters, New York City Carpet F John McEnroe 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
1984 U.S. Pro Indoor, Philadelphia Carpet F John McEnroe 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 7–6
1984 Donnay Indoor Championships, Brussels Carpet F John McEnroe 6–1, 6–3
1984 WCT Tournament of Champions, Forest Hills Clay F John McEnroe 6–4, 6–2
1984 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay F John McEnroe 6–3, 6–2
1984 French Open Clay F Ivan Lendl 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
1984 US Open Hard F John McEnroe 6–3, 6–4, 6–1
1984 Masters, New York City Carpet F John McEnroe 7–5, 6–0, 6–4
1985 WCT Tournament of Champions, Forest Hills Clay F Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–3
1985 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay F Ivan Lendl 6–7, 7–6, 6–3
1985 Volvo International, Stratton Mountain Hard F John McEnroe 7–6, 6–2
1985 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard F John McEnroe 7–5, 6–3
1985 US Open Hard F Ivan Lendl 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
1987 Volvo International, Stratton Mountain Hard F WEA WEA
1987 US Open Hard QF Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
1988 French Open Clay R16 Ivan Lendl 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4 [4]
1989 Australian Open Hard QF Ivan Lendl 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
1989 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet SF John McEnroe 6–7, 7–6, 6–2, 7–5
1989 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard F Ivan Lendl 6–1, 6–3
1989 Masters, New York City Carpet RR Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–3
1990 Toronto Indoor Carpet SF Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–2
1990 Queen's, London Grass SF Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–4
1991 Connecticut Open,Long Island Hard SF Ivan Lendl 6–3, 7–5
1992 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard QF Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–4

Invitational tournament matches (Lendl 16–11 McEnroe)[edit]

Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
1981 Rome Carpet F John McEnroe 7–6, 6–4
1981 Suntory Cup, Tokyo Carpet SF John McEnroe 7–6, 6–4
1981 Brooklyn Masters, Milan Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
1981 Europe vs. Americas, Barcelona Carpet RR John McEnroe 4–6, 7–6, 6–1
1981 Challenge of Champions, Chicago Carpet SF John McEnroe 6–1, 7–6
1982 Molson Light Challenge, Toronto Carpet F Ivan Lendl 7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 7–5
1982 AKAI Gold Challenge, Sydney Carpet RR Ivan Lendl 7–5, 6–2, 1–6, 4–6, 6–1
1982 Europe vs. Americas, Barcelona Carpet RR Ivan Lendl 2–6, 7–5, 6–2
1982 European Community Championship, Antwerp Carpet F Ivan Lendl 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–3
1982 Challenge of Champions, Chicago Carpet RR John McEnroe 6–3, 6–2
1983 Luxembourg Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–2
1983 Rio Tennis Challenge, Canberra Carpet F John McEnroe 6–3, 6–1
1984 AKAI Gold Challenge, Sydney Carpet RR John McEnroe 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
1984 Suntory Cup, Tokyo Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
1985 The Forum Tennis Challenge, Inglewood Carpet F John McEnroe 6–4, 7–6
1985 Suntory Cup, Tokyo Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–2
1985 Meadowlands Tennis Challenge, East Rutherford Carpet F Ivan Lendl 7–5, 6–4
1985 European Community Championship, Antwerp Carpet F Ivan Lendl 1–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–2
1985 Challenge of Champions, Atlanta Carpet SF Ivan Lendl 7–6, 6–3
1986 The Forum Tennis Challenge, Inglewood Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 3–6, 7–6
1986 Norstar Bank Hamlet Challenge Cup, Jericho Hard F Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–4
1986 Challenge of Champions, Atlanta Carpet SF John McEnroe 6–4, 7–5
1987 Barcelona Clay F Ivan Lendl 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
1987 Challenge of Champions, Atlanta Carpet RR Ivan Lendl 5–7, 6–4, 7–6
1988 Eurocard Classic, Stuttgart Carpet RR John McEnroe 7–6, 7–6
1988 Michelin Challenge, Inglewood Carpet F John McEnroe 7–5, 6–2
1989 All Stars Tennis Classic, Bologna Carpet F Ivan Lendl 6–4, 7–5

Breakdown of their rivalry[edit]

  • All matches: Lendl, 37–26
  • Official matches (ATP website): Lendl, 21–15
  • Grand Slam finals: Lendl, 2–1
  • Grand Slam matches: Lendl, 7–3
  • Masters matches: Lendl, 3–2
  • WCT Finals matches: McEnroe, 2–1
  • Davis Cup matches: Lendl, 1–0
  • Other official tournament matches: Lendl, 9–8
  • Invitational tournament matches: Lendl, 16–11
  • Tournament Finals (Overall): Lendl, 20–15
  • Tournament Finals (Official): McEnroe, 11–8
  • Carpet (Overall): Lendl, 20–19
  • Carpet (Official): McEnroe, 8–6
  • Clay (Overall): Lendl. 6–2
  • Clay (Official): Lendl. 5–2
  • Grass: Tied, 1–1
  • Hard (Overall): Lendl, 10–4
  • Hard (Official): Lendl, 9–4

ATP Rankings[edit]

Year-end ranking timeline[edit]

Player 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Czechoslovakia/United States Ivan Lendl 74 20 6 2 3 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 3 5 8 19 54
United States John McEnroe 21 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 14 10 11 4 13 28 20

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ten great tennis rivalries". The Independent. July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-08. Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe. Time span: '80–92 (36 matches) Head to head: Lendl 21 McEnroe 15. Grand Slam finals: Three; Lendl won two. Wimbledon: Never met in a final. Away from court, Lendl would shoot his mouth off on any subject, saying he was the best. On court, to Mac's Mr Gobby he played Mr Say Nothing and let his tennis talk. 
  2. ^ "Lendl-McEnroe Head to Head Rivalry". ATP World Tour. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe". Boston Globe. 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2010-12-08. They were hardly dining buddies and their 36 meetings (with the Czech winning 21) merely sharpened the animus, with Lendl winning 10 of their final 11 matches. Though they hooked up 10 times in Slams, only three came in finals, two of them at Flushing Meadow. Their most memorable meeting was at Paris in 1984, when Lendl came from two sets down to win. 
  4. ^ "Lendl rekindles McEnroe rivalry on Champions Tour". New York Times. August 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-08. Lendl's meeting with McEnroe will revive a rivalry with the man that he beat in the 1984 Roland Garros final which was the American's best chance of lifting an elusive French Open title.