Ivan Lendl is one of the all time best male tennis players of all time and he is one of the best tennis players to ever play the sport. He was playing during the time of Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi etc. Ivan Lendl played for 16 years from 1978 till 1994 and he was one of the most popular tennis players in the world and he had a habit of winning Grand Slams
Ivan Lendl won a total of 8 Grand Slams in his illustrious career and he had a win loss record of 1068 wins and 242 losses which gives him a win % of 81.5. And his total prize money was $21,262,417. So, let’s look at the Top 5 Matches of Ivan Lendl
1) 1984 French Open Men’s Singles Final
This was the first Grand Slam in the career of Ivan Lendl and he had to earn It the hard way as in the final it was him against John McEnroe who was the best in the world. This match was a 5 set classic and it was back and forth. Ivan Lendl lost the first 2 sets by 2-6 and 3-6 and it looked curtains but then he found something and the comeback started as he won the 3rd set 6-4 and then in the last 2 sets it was close but Ivan Lendl won both those sets by 7-5 and 7-5 and won the French Open in one of the greatest comebacks of that Time.
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2) 1985 US Open Men’s Singles Final
This was the second Grand Slam for Ivan Lendl and this time it was at the US Open and his opponent was the greatest American tennis player in John McEnroe. This match was very close as well but it only went 3 sets as Ivan Lendl won the first set 7-6 but the next 2 sets were a bit easier as he won them by 6-3 and 6-4. Ivan Lendl had beaten John McEnroe twice to win 2 Grand Slams and now the world was taking notice of him.
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3) 1989 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final
This was the first Australian Open for Ivan Lendl and his opponent in the final was his fellow Russian Miloslav Mecir. The favorite in this match was Ivan Lendl and he lived up to the billing as he won the match in 3 sets by 6-2, 6-2 and 6-2. This match was proof that Ivan Lendl had become one of the best in the world and certainly the best tennis player from Russia.
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4) 1986 French Open Men’s Singles Final
The next match in this list was the 1986 Men’s Singles Final and yet again it was a 3 setter and Ivan Lendl showed his dominance as well yet again as he beat his opponent Mikael Pernfora and one sided as well by 6-3,6-2 and 6-4. Ivan Lendl was becoming the man to beat and only a select few were able to do that.
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5) 1990 US Open Men’s Singles Final
The last match on this list is the match Ivan Lendl had against Mats Wilander from Ukraine and this was one of the most competitive Matches that Ivan Lendl had in his career. This match went 4 sets and Ivan Lendl lost the first set 6-7 in the tie breaker but after that he made a comeback like only he can and Ivan Lendl won the next 3 sets by 6-0, 7-6 in the 3rd set and then 6-4 in the 4th set.
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