Scott Davis pulled off the final upset of the inaugural $1.8 million Lipton International Players Championships tournament tonight, defeating 11th-seeded Tomas Smid, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, to advance to the Sunday's final against former Stanford University teammate Tim Mayotte.
Mayotte eliminated Jan Gunnarsson, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, earlier in the day.
Davis overcame three rain delays and steady play by Smid on a chilly, windy night.
It will be the biggest payday for Davis and Mayotte, as the winner will earn $112,500 and the runner-up $56,250.
Mayotte's biggest payday as a professional was $20,000 for reaching the semifinals in the 1983 Australian Open and Davis won $37,500 as runner-up in the Tokyo Seiko tournament in 1983.
The women's final, which will be held Saturday on the hard courts at Laver's International Tennis Resort, will send top-seeded Martina Navratilova against Chris Evert Lloyd, the No. 2 seed.
The two have met 62 times -- the longest rivalry in open tennis history -- and each has won 31 matches.
On Thursday, Navratilova gained the final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Carling Bassett. Evert came from behind to defeat Steffi Graf, 6-4, 6-2.
The women also will be going for a $112,500 first-place prize in the two-week, Grand Slam-size tournament.
"Sunday's final is the most important I'll have played because I've never been this far in such a big tournament," Mayotte said.
Mayotte won the first-set tie breaker, then easily won the second set.
Gunnarsson broke Mayotte in the first game of the third set, but Mayotte immediately broke back.
They stayed on serve until the ninth game, when Gunnarsson again broke Mayotte when the right-hander made three straight errors.
Gunnarsson held service to win the third set and get back into the match.
The fourth game of the fourth set was pivotal as they battled through 10 deuces. Mayotte finally cashed in on his sixth break point, giving him a 4-0 lead.
"It might have been different if I had won the first set," Gunnarsson said. "At 5-1 in the tie breaker, I should have hit a backhand, but I tried a drop shot and he returned it for the point."
"Losing the tie breaker probably blew his mind," Mayotte said. "He was serving the second set and didn't believe he was down a set. I saw that right away. It gave me a boost."