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February 26, 1988 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 15, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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February 17, 1994 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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June 30, 1992 | by Bill Conlin, Daily News Sports Columnist
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.
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September 15, 1987 | By Sarajane Freligh, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 28, 2006 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 29, 1990 | By Richard Finn, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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September 10, 1987 | By LES BOWEN, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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September 1, 1988 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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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.
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September 2, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Neither her words nor her play indicated that Serena Williams was distracted one bit Thursday at the U.S. Open. She would have been forgiven if they had, of course, given that her sister Venus withdrew from the tournament 24 hours earlier and revealed a recently diagnosed immune system disease. Venus Williams, who won the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, said in an interview Thursday with ABC's Good Morning America that she "absolutely" plans to return to tennis and is relieved, after years of misdiagnosis, to know exactly what's been making her feel "debilitating" fatigue.
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April 8, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since an ailing back forced Ivan Lendl into retirement 16 years ago, the winner of eight Grand Slam tennis championships has satisfied his competitive nature through golf, getting a win on a celebrity tour and performing in club championships and one-day events. But at 50 years old and no longer restricted by back problems since he had a ligament repaired a year and a half ago, Lendl decided to seize an opportunity to play a competitive match for the first time since he announced he was leaving tennis on Dec. 20, 1994.
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July 28, 2006 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 26, 2006 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From his lawn-chair perch, peering through binoculars yesterday, Ivan Lendl could have been a general studying a battlefield. Not so. Try golf parent, decked out in rest-of-his-life casual, visor pulled down tight against the sun at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, trying to keep track of his two talented teenage daughters in the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship. So, how many of these tournaments does Lendl, 46, the former No. 1 tennis player in the world, trek to these days?
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February 17, 1994 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 25, 1993 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was a standing ovation on Wimbledon's cozy, charming Court 1 yesterday. It rumbled low and sweet and everyone in the stands rose and clapped and clapped and clapped. Ivan Lendl didn't hear any of it, didn't want to. This applause was in appreciation for a champion who was never a champion here. It was sincere and spontaneous. Lendl, 33, was no champion yesterday, hardly much of a tennis player, really. Lendl's opponent called him "slow" and "getting lazy. " Arnaud Boetsch, a 23-year-old from Paris who will never win eight Grand Slam titles, as Lendl has, didn't have to play particularly well to upset Lendl, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, yesterday.
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February 21, 1993 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pete Sampras was cranky from the start. His ankle was taped improperly, the line calls were bad, the fans moved a lot. And then there was that Ivan Lendl serve. Always back in the corner, pulling Sampras all over the place, off the court, out of the point, and soon enough, out of the Comcast U.S. Indoor tennis championships. Sampras, a finalist here the last three years as well as the No. 2 seed and defending champion, was upset by Lendl, the fourth seed, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, last night at the Spectrum.
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September 12, 1992 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
"Edberg-Lendl: The Next Day" lasted 55 minutes. Fifty-five minutes of quality, gripping tennis. When it was over yesterday, after Ivan Lendl hit a forehand wide off his racket frame in the fifth-set tiebreaker, Stefan "The Entertainer" Edberg leaped over the net. The defending Open champion had withstood Lendl's crowd-pleasing comeback to win, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3). In today's first men's semifinal, the second-seeded Edberg will face fourth-seeded Michael Chang. Thursday night, Edberg should have considered doing something drastic.
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September 9, 1992 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
The 20,641 customers attending last night's U.S. Open session were greeted with a surprise marquee attraction. Instead of the Michael Chang-MaliVai Washington round-of-16 match, there on the stadium court were longtime rivals Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl. Between them the two sluggers have collected 13 Grand Slam titles. A little more than five hours later, the ninth-seeded Lendl prevailed, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals against defending champion Stefan Edberg.
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