Top-ranked Stefan Edberg yesterday picked up his sixth tournament victory of the year, beating Yugoslavian teenager Goran Ivanisevic by 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in the final of the $250,000 Hamlet Challenge Cup in Commack, N.Y.

"I played reasonably well, as well as I needed to," said Edberg, who has the Wimbledon title among this year's collection and has won 21 consecutive matches since a loss to Boris Becker before Wimbledon.

"I made only a few mistakes. This has been a good week -- four good matches to prepare for the {U.S.} Open," said Edberg, who is seeded first in the tournament that starts today.

Ivanisevic, 18, kept it close in the first set, holding serve and nearly breaking Edberg in the second and fourth games. But Edberg jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and closed the set with an angled volley winner.

"He played too well. His backhand was unbelievable," said Ivanisevic, whose semifinal appearance at Wimbledon helped him leap from a 371 ranking to 15.

Tournament of Champions: In New York, Ivan Lendl overcame stifling heat, frustration and a determined opponent in Aaron Krickstein for a 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 victory and a fourth title in this event.

"It was really hot and tough out there," said Lendl, who won the last six games of the match after falling behind by 3-0 in the third set. "It came down to conditioning."

In the fourth game of the last set, Krickstein hurt himself with four double faults, the last two coming on the final two points of the game. Lendl never looked back as the heat took its toll on Krickstein, who repeatedly found himself on the wrong side of the court for Lendl's big groundstrokes.

Pathmark Classic: In Mahwah, N.J., Steffi Graf broke Jennifer Capriati in the ninth game of the third set and struggled to a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 exhibition victory.

The top-seeded and top-ranked Graf, 21, blew a match point in the ninth game of the second set and lost a service break lead in the third set when third-seeded Capriati broke her in the eighth game, forging a tie. Graf made unforced errors in each set.

"It's an exhibition, an exhibition," she said. "Everyone is taking it so seriously. I can't believe it's this intense. It's not a tournament."

OTB: In Schenectady, N.Y., 15-year-old Anke Huber overcame her nerves to outlast Marianne Werdel, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, for the women's title. In the men's final, Ramesh Krishnan easily defeated Kelly Evernden, 6-1, 6-1, in 54 minutes.

San Marino International: Top-seeded Guillermo Perez-Roldan defeated sixth-seeded Omar Camporese, 6-3, 6-3, to win the event in Italy.