U.S. Open champion Ivan Lendl and Wimbledon champion Boris Becker overcame difficult semifinal challenges Saturday to reach today's final in a $375,000 men's Grand Prix tennis tournament at London.
Becker, seeded second, outlasted Anders Jarryd, 7-6, 7-6--winning the tiebreakers, 11-9 and 7-4.
"The only good thing today was that I won," Becker said. "Yesterday, I played my best match of the tournament; today I didn't."
Jarryd, 24 and ranked No. 9 in the world, clearly played to Becker's backhand and forced many errors. But the Swede was off his game and could not sustain any pressure against Becker.
Lendl struggled past unseeded David Pate, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, in 2 hours 15 minutes. Lendl's match was hampered by a leaky roof, which caused a puddle of water to form on the playing area.