MILAN, ITALY, FEB. 20 -- Jimmy Connors outclassed Czechoslovakia's Milan Srejber, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, tonight to reach the final of the $500,000 Stella Artois Indoor Tennis tournament.
France's Yannick Noah also advanced to Sunday's final on the strength of a final set tie breaker that gave him a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) upset win over top-seeded and defending champion Boris Becker of West Germany.
Connors fought back from love-40 on his own serve in the first game to take 16 of the next 18 points to run through the first set in 29 minutes.
Srejber, by far the tallest player on the Grand Prix tour at 6 feet 8, used a powerful serve.
But Connors, who at 35 is 11 years older than Srejber, continually embarrassed his opponent with well-placed lobs.
Connors has won five of his six career meetings with Noah, who outlasted Becker in a match that took 2 hours 41 minutes.
Noah broke the 20-year-old Becker's serve in the eighth game of the opening set by winning an exchange at the net after Becker provided a break-point with two consecutive double faults.
Becker, the defending champion, saved four set points in the 10th game before Noah took the set with a blistering ace.
Although both players appeared annoyed by the noise from the crowd of 4,000 and by late calls, each held serve in the second set until the 10th game. Becker took the set on his first break point with a deep, well-directed volley.
In the final set, Noah was poised to win when he broke Becker in the ninth game. But Becker returned serve to break back immediately.
U.S. Indoor Championship:
In Memphis, Tenn., sixth-seeded Andre Agassi bulled his way into the final of the $415,000 championships, showing an assortment of ground strokes in beating No. 10 Kevin Curren, 6-1, 6-4.
The victory puts Agassi, 17, into Sunday's title match against No. 9 Mikael Pernfors of Sweden, who eliminated unseeded Robert Seguso, 6-4, 6-4, in the evening contest.
Unseeded Larisa Savchenko of the Soviet Union upset No. 2 Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, 7-5, 6-4, to reach the final of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of California in Oakland.
The upset, Savchenko's third of the tournament, boosted her into Sunday's championship match, where she will meet top-seeded Martina Navratilova for the singles title. Navratilova advanced by trouncing No. 4 Zina Garrison, 6-2, 6-2, earlier in the evening.