NEW YORK -- Stefan Edberg made a glorious run to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, but last night he had to say goodbye.
However, Edberg, playing in his last Grand Slam tournament before retiring, gave the fans at the Stadium Court a little something to cheer about when he rallied to take the third set to a tiebreaker before bowing out to No. 4 seed Goran Ivanisevic, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).
"I was hoping for a good U.S. Open," said Edberg. "As the week has gone on, I played good, solid tennis and that was the goal. I thought I had a chance going into tonight. But Goran served very big. He served me off the court. It was tough. But I've had a good week and a half and really enjoyed it. It would have been a lot harder going out in the first week without having a chance."
Ivanisevic now will play Pete Sampras in the semifinals tomorrow.
"It was difficult," said Ivanisevic. "Stefan is leaving tennis, he's a great gentleman and I knew it was going to be a hard match. I knew the people would all before him, but I didn't expect 19,000 people to cheer every time I missed my first serve."
It was almost like a football game, the crowd chanting, "Let's go, Edberg," and Edberg actually getting it together for a brilliant rally from 3-5, returning Ivanisevic's 123 mph serves for winners.
"Unbelievable," said Ivanisevic.
Hingis vs. Graf today
No. 1 seed Steffi Graf will try again this afternoon in the women's semifinals to get her game in hand. If she does, it probably will be bad news for the tournament's sensational No. 16 seed, Martina Hingis.
If she doesn't, Hingis, the 15-year-old who has captivated all who have seen her, certainly has the talent to make Graf sweat.
In the women's first semifinal, at 1: 30 p.m., one wonders if No. 4 seed Conchita Martinez can do the same to No. 2 Monica Seles.
Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon champion, never has beaten Seles in eight tries. In fact, she never has taken even one set from Seles, who lost in the finals here a year ago to Graf.
"I can't think of anybody who is having a more difficult time than Steffi," said Judith Wiesner, after her quarterfinal loss to Graf. "I 00 don't know what she is thinking, but sometimes I am amazed how anybody can shrug off all that stuff and go out and play that well. It must be very difficult, but obviously, she can do it."
With her father's trial now under way in Germany for tax evasion in connection with her earnings, Graf continues to have lapses.
"I am a little disappointed by the way I'm playing," Graf said. "I guess that is why maybe I am not as positive out there as I should be."
It's a final
No. 3 seed Lisa Raymond and Patrick Galbraith won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title yesterday, beating No. 4 seed Manon Bollegraf and Rick Leach, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4).
"This was fun," said Galbraith. "Lisa and I played together at the French, but lost our first match. Here it came together and today, Lisa proved how solid she is. She was the key because the men TC always try to break the women and she was a brick wall."
Going for it
The finalists for today's men's doubles match were determined in two highly entertaining matches.
In a duel among Australians, the No. 1 seeded Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde beat No. 13 Mark Philippoussis and Patrick Rafter, rallying from a set down for a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Their opponents in the final, scheduled for 11 a.m. today, will be ++ eighth-seeded Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis.
Eltingh and Haarhuis survived by upsetting the tournament's fourth seeds, Guy Forget and Jakob Hlasek, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6, (10-8).
Pub Date: 9/06/96