Number one, but not on grass: Lendl wants Wimbledon
But in the final he'll meet Cash. In the semi the Czech defeated in four sets the Swede Edberg, Connors clearly beat by the Australian.
LONDON. (...) Previously Ivan Lendl had gained, for the second consecutive year, the final of this tournament that he has never won yet. The match was even closer than what the score says. Everything was decided in two points, those really decisive in the third set tie-break.
There, where Lendl and Edberg had come, after two hours of play, perfectly even, one set all, the first to have set point was Edberg, on 6-5, but Lendl fulminated him with a winning serve. When, on 7-6, it was Lendl to have his first set point Edberg exploded his best serve. One more set point for Edberg, on 8-7, and one more winning serve by Lendl. At his second set point Lendl, finally, managed to return the serve and took the set with a wonderful forehand passing.
These short notes would be enough to explain a really monotonous match, all based on the battle between the two powerful serves of the opponents. No long rallies, two games deserve to be quoted because they lasted over twelve points, but no big emotion.
In the end won who should win, Lendl, because he's mentally more solid than his opponent, because he regularly put his big serve on the line-cross when he really needed it. Lendl easily won the fourth set, thanks to a start break, and never let himself be caught up.
Now, even though he feels more American than Czech, he hopes to succeed Jan Kodes in the Wimbledon winners' list. Kodes won in '73, the boycotted edition. And Lendl said clearly that he'd rather lose all the matches he still has to play this year if only he could win in Wimbledon; the two titles won at the Roland Garros proved he's the strongest on clay, those at the Us Open (two as well) that he's the strongest on hardcourt. He only needs to demonstrate he's the strongest on grass too.
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