Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia won the third annual European Champion's Championship of Tennis on November 18, defeating Sweden's Anders Jarryd 6-2, 6-?, 6-2.
NOVEMBER 17 (BRT) - SEMI-FINAL
1. CU Lendl serving to Nystrom and after short rally, Nystrom hits forehand drive down line. Point to Nystrom. (3 SHOTS) 0.13
2. SVs Nystrom serving, and after rally, Lendl hits forehand down line to win point. (4 SHOTS) 0.31
3. SV & GV Nystrom serving, after rally Nystrom plays backhand dropshot to win point. Crowd applauds. (4 SHOTS) 0.49
4. CU & GV Nystrom serves. After short rally, Lendl backhand volleys to win game, set and match. (4 SHOTS) 1.02
NOVEMBER 18 - FINAL
5. SV & GVs Lendl awaiting service from Jarryd; after Jarryd's return clips net, Lendl retrieves and wins point. (3 SHOTS) 1.11
6. CU & GVs Jarryd serves. Lendl plays forehand passing shot down court to win point. (3 SHOTS) 1.25
7. CU & GVs Jarryd serves. After short rally, Jarryd puts ball out of court, and Lendl wins game and match. Players shake hands. (5 SHOTS) 1.50
8. SCU Lendl receiving racket trophy, and stands on rostrum. 2.00
9. GVs & SVs Construction of racket trophy in local factory. (19 shots) 3.07
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Background: ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia won the third annual European Champion's Championship of Tennis on November 18, defeating Sweden's Anders Jarryd 6-2, 6-?, 6-2. Lendl reached the final after beating another Swede, Joakim Nystrom, 6-3, 6-4 on the previous day. Playing before a crowd of some 9,000 spectators at Antwerp's Sportpaleis (sports palace) a hard serving Lendl outclassed Nystrom in 98 minutes. With John McEnroe of the United States, the 1983 winner, sitting out a 21-day suspension for misbehaving at the Stockholm-Scandinavian Open, Lendl went into the final as the clear favourite to win the title and 200,000 US dollars in prize money. The Czech won the Antwerp tournament in 1982 and easily clinched his second title on November 18. Jarryd appeared tired and slow at times after his difficult semi-final victory against India's Ramesh Krishan. Lendl needs to win the championship once more before 1986 to capture the Antwerp Diamond Cup, a gleaming, gold racket studded with 1,250 diamonds and worth an estimated 600,000 dollars.