John McEnroe and Boris Becker still have to win two more matches each before facing one another in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, but both admit they are looking forward to the match.
"Yeah, I'm looking forward to it," McEnroe said after beating Canadian Martin Wostenholme in straight sets today, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. "Actually, it's kind of sad because it's the only interesting match. You would think there is more to tennis. We've got to diversify. I think in 10 or 15 years we're going to see more athletes like Becker coming up. Becker is a better athlete now than he was six months ago. I guess he's still developing."
Becker already has won the New York crowd and he has looked overpowering. Today, he needed 75 minutes to eliminate Dutchman Huub van Boeckel, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. When someone asked Becker what he thought of New York, he flashed his now familiar smile and said, "I like it. What I like best is that you can walk outside at 1:30 in the morning and it is still rush hour."
Kevin Curren complained loudly Wednesday after losing about the problems of New York. Becker, all of 17, just shrugs and does his work. Then he turns on his "Walkman" and heads home or to practice. Nothing seems to faze him.
Dan Goldie, the Stanford junior from McLean, Va., reached the third round today with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Marian Vajda. He will now play 10th-seeded Joakim Nystrom. If he wins that match, he would have the dubious honor of playing Becker in the fourth round.
"I worked hard all summer and played with some good players on the Junior Davis Cup team," said Goldie who is 20 and still an amateur. "It's nice to win but now I have to worry about a seeded player."