COMMACK, N.Y. -- Stefan Edberg held off Jimmy Connors in three sets, and Ivan Lendl rallied past Omar Camporese, as the top two seeds advanced to the semifinals of the Hamlet Challenge Cup yesterday.
Connors, 38 and ranked No. 195 in the world, made Edberg, ranked No. 2, work for every point before losing, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Lendl rallied after losing the first two games for a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory.
In another quarterfinal at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club, qualifier Olivier Delaitre of Luxembourg beat Thierry Champion of France, 6-4, 6-4.
Fourth seed John McEnroe used pinpoint accuracy and a commanding serve to overpower Luiz Mattar of Brazil, 6-3, 6-1, in the last quarterfinal match last night. With Edberg, Connors, Lendl and McEnroe all playing, it was the first time four former No. 1-ranked players took part in the quarterfinals of the same tournament.
Connors took a 4-3 lead in the final set by breaking Edberg in the seventh game, but Edberg broke back, held serve at love, then broke Connors again to win the match.
Edberg, now 6-6 in his 12 career meetings with Connors after losing five of the first six, broke Connors' service three times in winning the opening set.
Connors lifted his game after falling behind, 0-2, in the second set. He broke Edberg in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead and rallied from 30-40 to win the 10th game and even the match.