KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — In a repeat of their wild semifinal last year, Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors played more than three hours of raucous tennis Friday before rain halted the match at the start of a third-set tiebreaker in the International Players Championships.
Connors won the first set, 6-3, and Lendl took the second, 7-6, with a 9-7 victory in a tiebreaker. The rain came just in time to cool tempers, which were getting out of control.
Lendl constantly complained about the wind, which was gusting to at least 35 m.p.h., and got a Code of Conduct warning from chair umpire Richard Kaufman while asking for the match to be halted when a few raindrops fell in the middle of the third set.
Later, Connors was hit in the throat by a ball that bounced off the net. When he was given a time violation for taking too long to serve, Connors erupted and got a Code of Conduct warning for his language.