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PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Sampras fired 25 service aces on the way to a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Amos Mansdorf yesterday and his second U.S. Pro Indoor Tournament championship in three years.

Sampras won his first tour title in Philadelphia two years ago, beating Andres Gomez in the final. He was runner-up last year in a five-set loss to Ivan Lendl.

Sampras, 20, won a $141,500 first prize. He also boosted himself to the No. 3 ranking in the world, his best since joining the pro tour in 1988. Mansdorf, an Israeli in his first American final since becoming a pro in 1983, collected $76,000.

The victory was the eighth, including the 1990 U.S. Open, in Sampras' five years on the tour and boosted his career earnings to $3,171,428.

Sampras, the second seed, stroked through the original field of 48 with victories over David DiLucia, Stefano Pescosolido of Italy, Aaron Krickstein and Brad Gilbert.

Mansdorf, seeded 16th, eliminated top seed Michael Stich among his four tournament victims, but he was no match for Sampras' lightning-like service.

The victory wasn't as easy as expected, however. Mansdorf survived an unsettling start in which he lost the first three points to service aces, and then settled down to give Sampras all he could handle in the four-set, 2-hour, 42-minute match.

Sampras won the first set in 25 minutes with service breaks in the fourth and sixth games. He won the set from 15-40, the final point scored as Mansdorf hit into the net.

When it appeared that Sampras might wipe out the underdog, Mansdorf pulled himself together in the second set. They held service to 6-6 and Sampras won the tie-breaker, 7-4, capturing the final two points on a service ace and Mansdorf's backhand drive over the baseline.

Mansdorf, his confidence boosted, kept Sampras off balance with unerring placements and rallied to win the third set, scoring service breaks in the third and seventh games. He finished the job with an ace.

In the fourth set, Sampras broke Mansdorf in the fourth game, his first service break since the sixth of the first set, for a 3-1 lead. But Mansdorf struck back in the next game for a break, finishing it with a withering forehand crosscourt placement on the run.

They held service to 6-6 and into a tie-breaker as Mansdorf fought off one match point in the 12th game. In the tie-breaker, Sampras won the first five points, lost the sixth, then finished off the match with an ace and a serve that Mansdorf hit out.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Top seed Zina Garrison needed nearly 2 1/2 hours to defeat Lori McNeil, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, in the finals.

The victory was the 11th in Garrison's career and avenged a 6-1, 6-3 loss to McNeil last week in the Virginia Slims of Chicago tournament.

"The tie-break could have gone either way," Garrison said. "I was lucky, but it feels real good to win again. I've been working real hard and still have a lot of work to do.

"The difference in today's match was my serve and my shots were falling in, where last week at Chicago, nothing worked."

McNeil, the No. 3 seed, gained her fourth appearance in the finals by defeating Manon Bollegraf of the Netherlands, 6-3, 7-5.

McNeil, who won the Oklahoma City tournament in 1988 and was runner-up in 1986 and 1987, was the 1983 Big Eight singles champion at Oklahoma State University.


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STUTTGART, Germany -- Seventh seed Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia fired 32 aces to upset No. 2 Stefan Edberg of Sweden, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, in the final.

Ivanisevic, ranked ninth in the world, dominated, punctuating his performance with five aces in the final game.

"He played very well. He served a little too good today," Edberg said.

But Ivanisevic, who received $144,000 from the total purse of $1.04 million, didn't quite see it that way.

"My record is 28 aces in two sets against [Andre] Agassi in Sydney last October, so this isn't good enough," he said, smiling.

Ivanisevic, who also upset top-ranked Jim Courier in the quarterfinals, served two straight aces to close out the match and increase his total of aces for the week to 105 in five matches.

"To win the tournament and beat the best two players in the world along the way doesn't happen every day," he said.

"To serve that many [aces] is incredible. But the court helped me; it was fast."

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