Ivan Lendl, the world's No. 1 player, escaped a serving battle with John Sadri in the first round of the $1.8-million Lipton International Players Championships Tuesday at Boca Raton, Fla.
Lendl defeated Sadri, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, winning the tiebreaker, 8-6.
"I'm definitely not pleased with the way I played," Lendl said. "There's the good and the bad. The good is I won; the bad is I didn't play as good as I can."
Earlier, Chris Evert Lloyd, the No. 1-seeded women's player, beat 15-year-old Susan Sloane, 6-4, 6-4.
But Pam Shriver, seeded No. 3, wasn't so lucky, losing to Kate Gompert in a night match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Shriver led 4-1, 40-15 before falling apart in the last set.
"I'm still kind of in shock," she said. "Maybe at 4-1 I assumed I had won it and I kind of let up. And she's a scrappy player and she took advantage of it."