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Lendl Opens Open With Shutout

September 01, 1987|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Two-time defending champion Ivan Lendl scored the second shutout in the history of the U.S. Open men's singles competition today as the 1987 tournament got under way at the National Tennis Center.

Lendl overpowered South African Barry Moir 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in 1 hour and 11 minutes on the Flushing hard court. It was the first shutout in men's singles at the Open since 1977, when Ilie Nastase beat Frew McMillan 6-0, 6-0 on clay at Forest Hills. In those days, early-round matches were the best-of-three sets.

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