COMMACK, N.Y. -- Ivan Lendl ended a six-month victory drought just in time for the U.S. Open, defeating top seed Stefan Edberg, 6-3, 6-2, in the Norstar Bank Hamlet Challenge Cup yesterday.
Lendl, who had been slow in recovering from surgery to his right hand in May, needed 1 hour, 21 minutes to dispose of Edberg, ranked second in the world.
It was the fifth Hamlet title for Lendl, who was cautious about what the victory might mean for his chances in the U.S. Open, which will begin today.
"Winning breeds winning," said Lendl, ranked fifth in the world, his lowest position in 10 years. "It was nice to win this tournament. I knew my game would come back, but one match shouldn't make me overconfident."
The win gave Lendl a 13-10 lead over Edberg in their careers, a series in which 10 matches have gone to a deciding set.
Lendl, the fifth seed at the U.S. Open, will open the final Grand Slam event of the year against Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands. Krajicek defeated Edberg last week at the Volvo International.