February 26, 1988 |
Australia hasn't been very good to Ivan Lendl this year. First, the world's top-ranked player since September of 1985 was upset in the semifinals of the Australian Open by Australian Pat Cash, quickly ending his hopes of a Grand Slam. Then, last night in the third round of the $602,500 Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Championships at the Spectrum, Lendl was stunned 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, by No. 16 seed John Fitzgerald, another Australian. Lendl, the top seed, was the picture of nonchalance all night.
August 15, 1990 |
Unknown American Malivai Washington surprised the tennis world by defeating the second-best player, Ivan Lendl, 6-2, 6-3, in the Volvo International ATP Tennis Championships yesterday in New Haven, Conn. Washington, unseeded and ranked 103d in the world, jumped to early leads in both sets and never lost his service. The Swartz Creek, Mich., native had lost in the first round in six of his previous seven tournaments. But the hard-serving 21-year-old needed just 73 minutes to defeat Lendl, who was making uncharacteristic unforced errors on his backhand and his forehand.
February 17, 1994 |
Ivan Lendl had his back up for the better part of the 2 hours, 21 minutes it took him to get rid of Patrick McEnroe, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in a first-round match yesterday at the Comcast U.S. Indoor at the Spectrum. He angrily slammed balls off sponsor signs. He smacked one that almost reached the ceiling. He banged his racket off the blue, cushiony surface. And he snarled and glared at just about everyone who moved, and someone who didn't - the fellow in the umpire's chair. Then, for about an hour and a half afterward, Lendl had his ailing back worked on by a therapist.
June 10, 2013
Roger Federer 17 Pete Sampras 14 Roy Emerson 12 Rafael Nadal 12 Bjorn Borg 11 Rod Laver 11 Bill Tilden 10 Five tied with 8, including Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, and Jimmy Connors. Eight tied with 7, including Mats Wilander and John McEnroe.
June 30, 1992 |
One of the tabloids recently dubbed Ivan Lendl "The Great Boneface. " Another, noting that he has fathered three daughters since 1990, called him "Robopop. " It sure is hard to be Ivan Lendl at Wimbledon time. Lendl had to retire from his Round of 16 match with flaky Goran Ivanisevic yesterday trailing, 7-6 (9-7), 1-6, 4-6, 0-1 when he couldn't take any more pain from a back injury. After the TKO, the wisecracking Croatian did a Don Rickles-quality stand-up on the man who has won more money than anybody in tennis history, but whose scalp hangs from Wimbledon's bejeweled belt.
September 15, 1987 |
The sun had long since sunk somewhere into the skyline of Manhattan yesterday, and most of the 15,003 fans at the National Tennis Center had left for a long-delayed dinner. But Ivan Lendl, whose strength had been sapped by sickness, whose energy had deserted him somewhere in the first set, endured and eventually prevailed, 6-7 (7-9), 6-0, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, over Mats Wilander in what is believed to be the longest U.S. Open final. Four hours, 47 minutes after Lendl hit a service winner to open the match, he whipped a backhand return past Wilander to capture his third straight title in the tournament that he loves to play most.
July 28, 2006 |
Like father, like daughter. As her opponents fell one by one to the wayside, Marika Lendl was the picture of poise. Lendl hit fairway, green and the bottom of the cup for par after par - and finally a few birdies - to win the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls' Championship with a 3-under-par 68 in the final round yesterday. Lendl, who entered the round at Malvern's White Manor Country Club in a three-way tie for the lead, fended off challenges to win by a comfortable 5 strokes at 4-under-par 209. Lendl's reward: her first American Junior Golf Association Invitational title - a crown previously claimed by current LPGA stars Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel - and a post-tournament hug from her legendary tennis-playing father, Ivan.
January 29, 1990 |
Ivan Lendl, who gained a second straight Australian Open title when Stefan Edberg succumbed to an injury, gave his strange victory only a few moments of thought yesterday before turning his sights to Wimbledon. "I did my job here, and now it's time to start doing certain things I think would help me in England and then go for it over there," he said after Edberg retired from the final match with a torn stomach muscle with Lendl leading, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 5-2. "I don't worry about the record books or my place in the game," Lendl said.
September 10, 1987 |
If you've been ignoring the U.S. Open for the last nine days, waiting for all the Amos Mandorfs and Helen Kelesis to clear out and make the event more manageable, this is your wakeup call. The Open lurched into its final four days today minus Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Hana Mandlikova, Pat Cash . . . Come to think of it, maybe you shouldn't have waited so long. But when you do tune in this evening, you'll see highlights from two men's quarterfinals: second-seeded Stefan Edberg, of Sweden, vs. unseeded Ramesh Krishnan, of India, and third-seeded Mats Wilander, of Sweden, vs. fifth- seeded Miloslav Mecir, of Yugoslavia.
September 1, 1988 |
Who said Ivan Lendl isn't colorful? First, the three-time U.S. Open champion made a fashion statement last night by introducing a new line of red and blue tennis shirts. Then the top- seeded Lendl livened up the tournament by being extended to five sets by Israel's Amos Mansdorf. It took 3 hours and 47 minutes before Lendl finally prevailed, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 5-7, 6-0. Then he insisted he had Mansdorf all the way. "I noticed after the second set that he was a little tired," Lendl said.