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Tennis Roundup : McEnroe Almost Beaten in Second Round by Lloyd

From Times Wire Services

John McEnroe, talking to himself throughout the match, barely averted an upset Thursday night when he outlasted John Lloyd, 6-1, 6-7, 7-6, in the $277,000 Transamerica Open at San Francisco.

McEnroe defeated the Briton in the second-round match, winning the deciding third-set tiebreaker, 8-6.

Lloyd, ranked 72nd in the world, mixed his serves well and frequently aced the top-seeded McEnroe.

In the third set, Lloyd was down, 4-3, when he served in a game that produced five deuce points and finally turned in his favor as McEnroe was penalized a point for pounding his racket.

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McEnroe, however, did not turn his anger on officials. Instead, he talked fiercely to himself the rest of the way. At 5-5, he held serve by hitting two aces. Lloyd also held serve in the 12th game, surviving two match points.

Lloyd then fell behind, 5-1, in the tiebreaker but again rallied to make it 6-6 before hitting a forehand over the baseline. McEnroe won the match with a forehand.

Advancing with McEnroe to the quarterfinals were Paul Annacone, Johan Kriek and Tim Mayotte.

Annacone, a winner in Los Angeles last week, scored a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Matt Anger, who had upset second-seeded Kevin Curren in the previous round.

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Kriek routed former NCAA champion Greg Holmes, 6-1, 6-2, while Mayotte had the easiest time of all. He won by default when Mike Leach returned home to Ann Arbor, Mich., where his wife was having a child.

At New Orleans, Chris Evert Lloyd and Pam Shriver advanced to the third round of a $150,000 Virginia Slims tournament.

Lloyd, seeded No. 1, defeated Janine Thompson, 6-1, 6-4. Shriver, seeded No. 2, routed Laura Gildemeister, 6-0, 6-1.

Shriver next faces Wendy Turnbull of Australia, but she is looking toward a possible match against Lloyd in the final.

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“I’d love to play her,” Shriver said.

Said Lloyd: “Well, she’s never beaten me, so that’s probably why. Everybody wants a crack at me.”

Earlier, Candy Reynolds upset No. 8-seeded Kate Gompert, 6-3, 6-2.

At Barcelona, Spain, top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden defeated Diego Perez of Uruguay, 6-3, 6-4, in the third round of the $275,000 Conde de Godo tournament.

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