Trailing two sets, Miloslav Mecir finally went to the net.
That change in strategy provided a dramatic turnaround for the seventh-seeded Mecir, who rallied to beat No. 12 Yannick Noah of France 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the finals of the $702,500 Champions Cup tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.
"I thought he already had me and I didn't want to give up," said Mecir, victim of 14 service aces in the first two sets. Mecir won $136,700 and claimed his first title since August 1987.
In the doubles final, Boris Becker of West Germany and Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland beat Kevin Curren of Austin, Texas, and David Pate of Las Vegas, Nev., 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
***** And at Boca Raton, Fla., Steffi Graf, the world's top-ranked woman player, remains unbeaten this year after rallying to beat Chris Evert, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to win the $300,000 Virginia Slims of Florida.
The 19-year-old West German's 22nd straight victory in 1989 was her fourth tournament title this year. She had also won the Australian Open, Virginia Slims of Washington and U.S. Hardcourt Championship.