Czechoslovakian tennis ace Ivan Lendl completed his personal destruction of the Argentine Davis Cup team on Monday (21 September) to put his country into the final against Italy.
GV Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia serving from far end to Clerc of Argentina. Clerc loses point when he puts backhand out over baseline.
GV Clerc serves to Lendl. Clerc wins point with forehand pass.
GV Lendl serves to Clerc and Lendl believing serve to be fault fails to play rest of point, but despite appealing to umpire lose point and walks off curt.
GV Play continues Lendl serves to Clerc and after rally Lendl hits backhand out.
GV Lendl serves to Clerc who hits forehand into net to give Lendl game set and match.
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Background: Czechoslovakian tennis ace Ivan Lendl completed his personal destruction of the Argentine Davis Cup team on Monday (21 September) to put his country into the final against Italy. Lendl defeated Jose Luis Clerc 6-1, 7-5, 6-8, 6-2, - the wining match in his team's three-two triumph.
SYNOPSIS: For Lendl - serving from the far end it was the third victory of what must rank as one of the finest performances in Davis Cup history, beating both the Argentines in singles on their home ground. Clerc appeared unsettled and suffered from frequent lapses in concentration.
Lendl on the other hand was seemingly unruffled by the fanatical devotion of seven and a half thousand Argentine fans. Lendl raced through the first set. Clerc fought back in the second only to lose narrowly by 5-7.
Clerc got back into the match by taking the third set after the American umpire threatened to penalised Argentina for the unruly behaviour of the crowd. He took a service break in the final game. The Argentine unnerved the twenty-year-old Czech with a powerful serve. Landl, disputing the point, walked off the court.
When Clerc led the fourth set two-love it seemed they might need a fifth set to decide the issue.
But Lendl recovered his poise to claim the next six games, including thirteen successive points at one stage, to secure a place in the finals for his country. The Czechs go on to play Italy who eliminated Australia three-two in the inter-zone semi-final in Rome.