NEW YORK — Qualifier Gary Donnelly surprised 13th-seeded Anders Jarryd of Sweden Sunday and moved into a fourth-round matchup against Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of West Germany in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Donnelly, a doubles specialist who had lost in the first round of his last six Nabisco Grand Prix tournaments, eliminated Jarryd, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, at the National Tennis Center. Becker, seeded third, defeated Spain's Sergio Casal, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
"I came into the tournament with a good attitude," Donnelly said. "I worked hard last week and I said I was going to go for it this week.
"I had a goal; it was not realistic, but I said I wanted to try to get to the quarterfinals."
This is the third straight year that a qualifier has reached the fourth round in men's play. Bob Green did it in 1984, before losing to eventual champion John McEnroe.
Last year, Jaime Yzaga of Peru came out of the qualifying to reach the fourth round, where he lost to eventual winner Ivan Lendl.
Donnelly broke Jarryd's service in the second game at 30, then held his serve to close out the set. He then took an early lead in the second set, breaking Jarryd in the first game.
But Jarryd, in his first tournament since Wimbledon, evened the match with a service break in the fourth game, then took the lead when he broke Donnelly's service in the 12th game at 30.
"I thought I was getting tired," Donnelly said about his thoughts following the second set. "I was hoping it wasn't going to go five sets.
"I was surprised he didn't work harder for the third set. He gave it to me pretty easy. It wasn't a long set, and I got my second wind."
Donnelly teamed with Peter Fleming to reach the final of the doubles at Wimbledon, where they lost to Sweden's Joakim Nystrom and Mats Wilander. He was runner-up with Australia's Paul McNamee in the doubles at Fort Myers, Fla., and reached the semifinals at Auckland, N. Z., with Kelly Evernden of New Zealand.
Donnelly, from Scottsdale, Ariz., said his success in doubles has hurt him in singles.
"I couldn't get to the qualifying in time because I would be in the quarters of the doubles," he said. "It was a big hindrance.
Donnelly's victory guaranteed that seven Americans would be in the fourth round of America's premier tennis event, the same number as in 1984. Last year, only five Americans reached the fourth round.
Becker lost his service at love in the sixth game of the opening set to Casal. But it was the only time he appeared to be in trouble as he immediately broke back.
By the time Casal could pull off another service break, Becker had a 5-0 lead in the third set.
"I woke up when he broke me and I started hitting hard and playing good," Becker said.
In other matches, second-seeded Wilander defeated Christo van Rensburg of South Africa, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; seventh-seeded Nystrom came from behind to beat Eric Jelen of West Germany, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2, and Matt Anger eliminated 35-year-old Tom Gullikson, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In women's play, second-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd beat Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-4, 6-2, and defending champion Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia defeated Elna Reinach of South Africa, 6-4, 6-2.
Other seeded players advancing included No. 7 Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, who stopped Lisa Bonder, 6-2, 6-0; No. 9 Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria, who downed Camille Benjamin, 7-6, 6-3; No. 12 Zina Garrison, who ousted Melissa Gurney, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 14 Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden, who defeated Tine Scheuer-Larsen of Denmark, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
The Lloyd-Fernandez match paired one of the oldest players in the tournament against one of the youngest. Fernandez was two weeks old when Lloyd first played the U.S. Open in 1971, reaching the semifinals.