Becker edges Hlasek to gain U.S. Hardcourts semifinals

August 17, 1991

INDIANAPOLIS -- Top seed Boris Becker erased a 2-4 second-set deficit with eight straight points for a 7-5, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over ninth-seeded Jakob Hlasek yesterday in the U.S. Men's Hardcourts Championship.

No. 2 Jim Courier, fifth seed Pete Sampras and No. 6 David Wheaton also advanced to today's semifinals at the Indianapolis Sports Center.

Volvo International

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Goran Ivanisevic sent his longtime idol, John McEnroe, another step closer to retirement with an easy win in the quarterfinals.

After the 6-4, 6-2 loss, McEnroe conceded his tennis days are nearly over unless he wins a Grand Slam event in the next year.

"Next year is going to be the last year I'm going to play a full schedule," McEnroe, 32, said. "But I would reserve the right to play a couple of exhibitions and a tournament here and there."

LOS ANGELES -- Gabriela Sabatini, benefiting from unforced errors, rallied from 1-5 in the third set to defeat Lori McNeil, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

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