Ivan Lendl beat top-seeded Stefan Edberg, 7-5, 6-3, yesterday to set up a meeting with Boris Becker in the Seiko Super tournament final in Tokyo. Second-seeded Becker downed Richey Reneberg for the second time in a week, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
Lendl, who lost the No. 1 ranking to Edberg this summer and is the third seed here, beat the Swede despite playing yesterday on one of his least favorite surfaces -- the fast, artificial courts at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Lendl, ranked third, hit two aces to hold serve in the first game, but Edberg overcame a double fault and also held. Each held serve until the 12th game, when Lendl broke Edberg after five deuces.
"I lost concentration after Lendl kept the 11th game for a 6-5 lead," Edberg said.
In the second set, his concentration still wasn't there. Lendl quickly won the first two games, with two aces on his serve and passing shot winners on Edberg's.
Reneberg, the 11th seed from Laporte, Tex., made Becker work hard in the first set, countering eight aces with deft passing shots. In the tiebreaker, however, Becker took command.
"I lost to his serves," said Reneberg, who won only one point in the tiebreaker.
"I beat him, 6-4, 6-4, last week in Australia," Becker said. "He played much better than last week. I played consistently today."
European Indoors: Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini each was extended to three sets before winning a semifinal in Zurich to set up their first meeting since Sabatini won the U.S. Open.
Graf, top-seeded and defending champion, defeated No. 3 Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3. No. 2 Sabatini struggled against No. 4 Jana Novotna, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
Graf, after dropping the first-set tiebreaker, won seven games in a row. Maleeva-Fragniere has never beaten Graf in 13 meetings.
Novotna came close to duplicating her French Open victory over Sabatini when she broke for a 4-3 lead in the second set. But Sabatini rallied behind strong passing shots for the set, 7-5, tying the match. Novotna jumped to a 3-1 third-set lead set but wasted several match points at 6-5. They went to the tiebreaker, with Sabatini dominating that.
Berlin Open: Ronald Agenor beat Martin Sinner, 6-1, 7-6, to reach the final against eighth-seeded Alexander Volkov, who ousted Luiz Mattar, 6-3, 6-2. Sinner, a qualifier from Germany who beat top-seeded Goran Ivanisevic in the second round, didn't push sixth-seeded Agenor in the first set. But his powerful ground strokes, returns and serves sent the second to the tiebreaker. Agenor, angered by several line calls, trailed by 3-4 in the tiebreaker, but won the next four points.
Riklis Classic: Top-seeded Andrei Chesnokov defeated Amos Mansdorf, 6-4, 6-3, and won the title in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, his first since winning Monte Carlo in April. Mansdorf, seeded second, played from the baseline and although he won some long rallies, that wasn't enough for an upset in the 85-minute match.