Ivan Lendl has won a four-set victory over French Open champion Yannick Noah in an exhibition tennis clash in Hong Kong.
GV Lendl serving to Noah, Lendl wins point as crowd applauds. (2 SHOTS)
GV Noah serving to Lendl, Lendl wins point.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Noah serving to Lendl, Lendl wins point. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Lendl serving, and wins point and first set. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Noah serving to Lendl, Lendl wins point.
GV Noah serving to Lendl, after short rally, Lendl hits ball into net, and Noah wins point.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Lendl serving to Noah, Noah returns, but ball is called out and Lendl leads 6-1 in final set tie-break
GV Noah serving to Lendl, and Lendl wins game, set and match.
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Background: Ivan Lendl has won a four-set victory over French Open champion Yannick Noah in an exhibition tennis clash in Hong Kong. Czech star Lendl, ranked the world's number two, recovered from a sluggish start to triumph, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in under two and half hours in the match played on October 7. The 12,500-seat stadium at the Coliseum was three quarters full, and the excitement of the crowd was such that play was stopped on several occasions. Noah, who is ranked number four in the world, opened the match with an ace, and won his service game to love. It was not until the fourth game that the Frenchman made his first major error. Lendl showed signs of his best form in the sixth game, but Noah took the first set. Lendl levelled the scores after one hour's play, but Noah countered in the third set, with a break in the fourth game. Lendl came back with two winning backhand returns of serve. The turning point came in the ninth game of the third set, where Lendl gained a break-point and tool a 5-4 lead after a weak half-volley from Noah. The Czech took the set. After a ten-minute recess, Noah returned with a heavily-bandaged knee, and fought back after losing the opening game to Lendl. However, Lendl lost two close calls at 5-4 and had to concede a break serve. Noah moved into the lead, but Lendl recovered to emerge the victor in a tie-breaker. The players each received 50,000 US dollars for the match. They will return to Hong Kong in April for a two day event which is also expected to attract US champions John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.