Although on his best behaviour, the volatile John McEnroe failed to win the support of his home-town crowd as he cruised to a straight sets win over Argentina's Jose Luis Clerc in New York on January 20.
GV McEnroe serves from far end in first set and wins point from Jose Luis Clerc.
CU Scoreboard, McEnroe leading four games to two.
GV McEnroe serves and loses point TILT UP TO scoreboard.
GV Clerc serves in second set and wins point.
CU Scoreboard McEnroe leading by one game, players even in second game.
SV McEnroe walks up to umpire to complain and walks away.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Clerc speaking to umpire.
GV McEnroe serves and wins game when Clerc nets. They shake hands.
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Background: Although on his best behaviour, the volatile John McEnroe failed to win the support of his home-town crowd as he cruised to a straight sets win over Argentina's Jose Luis Clerc in New York on January 20. Sixteen thousand people were at Madison Square Garden to see the quarter-final of the 400,000 dollar Masters tennis championships. McEnroe, serving from the far end, showed he has fully recovered from a nagging ankle injury which hindered him for most of last year (1982). He had to endure repeated taunts from the crowd which was pro-Clerc throughout the match. But the Argentine failed to benefit from the support, mainly because of his inability to sustain any consistency with his service or backhand. Both players disputed calls, and the crowd jeered loudly when questionable decisions went against Clerc. The 6-3, 6-4 win qualified McEnroe to meet another Argentine, Guillermo Vilas in the semi finals.