Well, Lendl won 8 slams and went to 19 GS finals; this compares to McEnroe's 7/11. Between 1985 and 1988, Lendl reached the semifinal in 10 subsequent grand slam tournaments, winning 5 titles; if one stretches this till 1990 he reached the semis in 16 out of 18 gfand slams, winning 7. At this peak (1986-88) Lendl was as dominant as no other male player during the open era except Federer (2005-07) and Laver (1968/69) -- not even Borg (1979-81) or Sampras (1992-94) dominated as much, and McEnroe (1983-85) doesn't even come close.
In terms of career achievements, there can really be no serious doubt that Lendl ranks higher than McEnroe. And yet I fully understand where you are coming from. I've followed tennis with a keen interest from the late 1970s, and in spite of Lendl's outstanding achievements, I just don't have strong memories of the guy. A tall, slim, grim looking fella, always looked a bit like on cocaine, with an effective but unspectacular game. The world #1, but standing in the way of much more exciting players like Becker, Edberg or Wilander.
By contrast, McEnroe's game is just unforgettable, as are his duels with Borg or Connors. Not to speak of McEnroe's duels with the referees.
Originally Posted by Becker's Volleys
Mostly nice list. Mac is a bit too low for my liking, but you'd probably say the same about Lendl's placing on mine.