A time when Lendl  enjoyed being unquestionably the best player in the world for a second straight year, but Leconte  was one of his toughest opponents. The lefty Frenchman even had led 5:3 in their rivalry while when they met in New York they were tied after 10 meetings, and the opener confirmed that Leconte’s previous good results against Lendl weren’t accidental. Leconte led 5:4* (40/0) and played a good stop-volley then, but Lendl responded with an optimal forehand passing-shot on the run placing the slow ball close to the sideline. He took a 7/3 breaker and quickly jumped to a 5:0 lead in the 2nd set.
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