INTRODUCTION: John McEnroe, the remaining American in the French Open Tennis championships, was bundled out by Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, on Thursday (4 June).
TGV McEnroe serves to Lendl and after rally, McEnroe mishits and loses point.
TGV McEnroe serves and loses point after hitting into net.
TGV Lendl serves and after long baseline rally, Lendl hits into net.
GV Scoreboard showing third set score with Lendl leading 6-5.
TGV Lendl serves and wins point after McEnroe hits out.
GV Crowd and cameramen.
TGV McEnroe and Lendl shake hands at net and walk off court.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: John McEnroe, the remaining American in the French Open Tennis championships, was bundled out by Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, on Thursday (4 June). The Czech player won the quarter final, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5, ending United States hopes of winning their first French men's singles title for a quarter of a century.
SYNOPSIS: The match resumed with McEnroe trailing 4-6, 4-6, 3-2, after rain interrupted play on Wednesday night (3 June). The Americans started in much improved form to break Lendl's serve and go to a 5-2 lead. Then his concentration and judgement started to go.
Asked afterwards how he dropped his service at 3-5, a disappointed McEnroe said, "It was against the wind; I played a lousy game and I was just out of it...it was a disgrace."
Lendl won his own service to love, broke to make it 4-5 and the American took only three points in the last three games. Asked to comment on McEnroe's clay-court game, Lendl said his opponent looked to be uneasy on the surface and added that he was "born on clay and felt best on it." In their three previous meetings, McEnroe has beaten Lendl. It was the second upset defeat for an American in the French Open, with number two seed Jimmy Connors losing his quarter-final to seventh seeded Jose Clerc.
Lendl, a former world junior champion, said his opponent is below his best on the clay surface.
McEnroe agreed by saying "you move differently on clay and use different muscles." He also said he didn't think he had put in one good performance during the French tournament and didn't deserve to win.