Jimmy Connors defeated Pat Cash, 7-6, 6-4, yesterday to reach the final of the Queens Club grass court championships for the fifth time.
In the other semifinal, defending champion Tim Mayotte had broken Boris Becker in the first game and led, 2-1, in the first set when rain suspended play. The match will be completed today. The final will be Monday.
Connors, who has won a record 105 Grand Prix tournaments but has not won since October 1984, used his service returns to nullify Cash's serve-and-volley game.
"He's got five or six different types of serves but every time I touched the ball today, I felt I had a chance to return it," said Connors, the No. 5 seed. "I'm enjoying myself but I'm also taking my tennis seriously."
Cash, the No. 7 seed, had lost only once on grass this year and eliminated No. 2 seed Stefan Edberg in the quarterfinals of this event.
Connors, who won the Queens Club title in 1972, 1982 and 1983, made light of suggestions that he was the underdog against Cash.
"Underdog, overdog, I'm just an old dog," he said.
"He's been at the top for 15 years and won so many tournaments, it's amazing," Cash said. "He's one of the greatest players ever. I've got enormous respect for him."
Top-seeded Pam Shriver won two matches to gain the final of the rain-plagued women's grass court tennis championships.
After routing Natalie Tauziat of France, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals, Shriver, who is the defending champion, defeated Etsuko Inoue of Japan, 6-2, 6-4.
In today's final, she will play Larissa Savchenko of the Soviet Union, who also had to play two matches yesterday. Savchenko beat Rosalyn Fairbank of South Africa, 7-5, 6-4, in her quarterfinal and Eva Pfaff of West Germany, 6-3, 6-0, in her semifinal.
"I am trying to be more disciplined in my whole lifestyle and I am in better shape and carrying fewer pounds," Shriver said. "So when I knew I had to play two singles in a day, I didn't get worried about it."
In other quarterfinals, Inoue upset Carling Bassett of Canada, 6-2, 6-0, and Pfaff beat Elizabeth Smylie of Australia, 6-1, 6-3.
Scottish Grass Courts:
Ivan Lendl and Anders Jarryd played just 14 minutes of their semifinal match at the Scottish grass court tennis championships before rain stopped play. They were tied, 2-2.
The four men's semifinalists, Lendl, Jarryd, Andres Gomez and Johan Kriek, face the possibility of having to play two matches today, the tourney's final day.