Playing with "magic" rackets dusted off from his Top 10 days, Aaron Krickstein rallied to beat two-time champion Stefan Edberg in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Krickstein, who last appeared in a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the 1990 U.S. Open, beat Edberg 6-7 (6-8), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to advance along with second-seeded Andre Agassi and 10th-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov.Krickstein played with the same rackets he used to beat the Swede in 1989 - when he was ranked as high as eighth - during an indoor tournament in Tokyo.
Agassi beat Australia's Pat Rafter 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 before a packed house rocking with "Raftermania" in honor of Australia's top-ranked player.
Four players who have never reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal also advanced to the final eight, one of them - Naoko Sawamatsu - who's playing in the memory of the people killed in last week's earthquake in her hometown of Kobe, Japan.
Sawamatsu will be joined in the quarterfinals by other Grand Slam first-timer Marianne Werdel Wittmeyer of the United States.
On the men's side, Kafelnikov and Jacco Eltingh of the Netherlands are in the final eight for the first time.
"If you do well in the Grand Slams you get respected, I think, by the good players as well," said Eltingh, who ended Patrick McEnroe's hopes with a 6-4, 6-4 5-7 (5-7), 5-7, 6-4 victory.
Eltingh will face Krickstein and Agassi opposes Kafelnikov.
Werdel Witmeyer, 27, who beat Barbara Paulus 6-2, 6-3 and now plays Angelica Gavaldon, sees her advancing age as a plus.
"I think I've enjoyed it more the last year or two, and that's made a big difference," she said. "When you're younger sometimes you feel like you have to play and as you get older you realize you do it because you want to do it."
Kafelnikov advanced with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Todd Martin, while Sawamatsu, who says she will donate some of her prize money to the Kobe earthquake fund, beat Mary Joe Fernandez 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Women's top seed Aranxta Sanchez Vicario advanced with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Karina Habsudova of Slovakia and will play Sawamatsu in the quarterfinals.
California-based Gavaldon, who upset third-seeded Jana Novotna 7-5, 6-0, was a quarterfinalist in 1990.