The first confrontation in two years between Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe was suspended because of rain yesterday in the second set of the final of the $315,000 Volvo International at Stratton Mountain, Vt.
After waiting almost 3 1/2 hours, tournament officials rescheduled the match for today to follow the doubles final, which begins at 10 a.m., Paul Annacone-Christo van Rensburg versus Ken Flach-Robert Seguso. The singles winner will earn $40,000.
McEnroe, eager to test his latest comeback against the man who replaced him as the world's top player, won the first set, 7-6, taking the tie breaker by 7-3. Lendl was ahead, 4-1, in the second set when umpire Richard Kaufman stopped played with rain falling lightly as McEnroe was about to serve.
While officials examined the court, McEnroe's temper flared for one of the few times in the intense match. Apparently frustrated by the delay, he whacked his tennis bag with his racket while Lendl drew cheers from the capacity crowd by staying on the court.
A few minutes later, Kaufman said it was too dangerous to continue.
"These courts get very dangerous with a little amount of water," Kaufman said. "These guys are preparing for the U.S. Open. You don't want to have a fluke injury on a wet court."
The meeting was the first between the two in their unfriendly rivalry since Lendl beat McEnroe in the U.S. Open final in 1985 and ended McEnroe's four-year reign as the world's top player. Lendl still is No. 1. McEnroe is trying to regain his form after taking a six-month sabbatical 18 months ago and then missing about two months this spring with injuries.
McEnroe, seeking his first tournament title since October, jumped to a 4-0 lead in the tie breaker and won when Lendl was long with a forehand.
Head Cup: Spain's Emilio Sanchez won the $250,000 event in Kitzbu hel, Austria, upsetting Czechoslovakia's Miloslav Mecir, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Sanchez, 22, took 2:15 to defeat the world's fifth-ranked player and earn the $28,000 first prize. Mecir was clearly not up to par and his opponent won the first two sets in just under an hour.
Sanchez afterward teamed with Sergio Casal to defeat Mecir and Tomas Smid, 7-6, 7-6, in the doubles final.