SAN DIEGO — The last time Ivan Lendl played Henri Leconte, the 22nd-ranked player in the world from Paris, France, had a surprise waiting.
With a semifinal date against Boris Becker at this year's Wimbledon hanging in the balance, Leconte stormed past the world's No. 1-ranked player in straight sets.
But that match was last June, and now Lendl is the U.S. champion having defeated John McEnroe in three straight sets to win the U.S. Open in September. Enjoying the most popularity in this country in his career, Lendl took some time out Saturday night to help the San Diego State men's tennis program.
And, under considerably less-important circumstances as those in London, Lendl beat Leconte, 6-4, 6-4, in an exhibition match at Morely Field.