On this day in 1987: Lendl completes US Open hat-trick

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Ivan Lendl.

Facing off for an 18th time, Ivan Lendl beat his arch-rival Mats Wilander 6-7 (0), 6-0, 7-6 (4), 6-4 to capture a third consecutive US Open title.

The battle that lasted four hours and 47 minutes was the longest grand slam final in recorded history, at the time. Lendl saved 14 of 18 break points and broke Wilander eight times.

In a brutal clash that pushed both to their physical limits, Lendl fired 69 winners against 53 unforced errors compared to a 35-40 ratio from Wilander.

It was Lendl’s sixth grand slam triumph overall, and second of the year, having captured the French Open earlier that summer.

Wilander avenged his loss the following year, beating Lendl in the final to win the Open.

Other memorable events to happen on this day

1868: Tom Morris, 17, registers the first hole-in-one in the Open when he aces the 166-yard eighth hole at Prestwick. He went on to beat his father, Old Tom, by three strokes and became the youngest Open winner.

1968: Jimmy Ellis defeats Floyd Patterson by a controversial 15-round decision to defend his WBA heavyweight title.

2013: Zimbabwe claim their first cricket Test win since 2001, over a team other than Bangladesh, by upsetting Pakistan in Harare.

Most popular

Related Sections

Happy Birthday: Warne, Johnson, Muller

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
L-R: Warne, Johnson, Muller.

When the topic of best ever bowlers is discussed, it’s more often than not that Warne’s name crops up.

Celebrating his 47th birthday today, Warne quickly became one of the most lethal bowlers in the international game.

Mastering one of the most difficult skills in the game, the Australian proved that leg-spinners can claim bagfuls of wickets.

In his 15-year international career, he took more than 1,000 scalps in both Tests and ODIs.

His 708 Test wickets was the record for the most by any bowler, until it was broken by Muttiah Muralitharan.

He also proved useful with the bat, scoring 3,000 runs as a lower-order batsman.

He became an integral part for Australia and won a number of trophies including the World Cup twice and was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2004 and 2005.

1967: Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic and eight-time world champion (49).

1973: Fabio Cannavaro, Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning captain (43).

1986: Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese former Formula One driver with Caterham (30).

1989: Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder who won the 2014 World Cup (27).

Most popular

Related Sections

On this day: 1970 - Margaret Court completes grand slam

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Court in action.

When Margaret Court returned to tennis in 1968, two years after retiring, her main goal was to capture a calendar grand slam after dominating the women’s game in the 60s with 13 slams.

Having claimed three majors in 1969, she sealed the achievement 46 years ago today.

She had already claimed the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles and achieved her dream by beating doubles specialist Rosie Casals in the US Open final 6-2, 2-6 6-1 for her fourth crown at Flushing Meadows.

Court became the second woman after Maureen Connolly to complete the grand slam of the four major tennis championships.

She retired seven years later with 24 majors.

1845: The world’s first baseball club, the Knickerbocker Club of New York, is formed.

1983: Lancashire’s Steven O’Shaughnessy scores 100 runs in 35 minutes against Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

2007: McLaren are fined £49.2million and stripped of their points in the constructors’ championship as a result of a Formula One spy scandal.

2012: Football Association chairman David Bernstein makes a ‘’full and unreserved apology’’ following the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Most popular

Related Sections