The rain speeded up Steffi Graf's third-round match Friday while slowing down Boris Becker's three-set victory by 5 1/2 hours at the $4.5 million French Open.

The two West Germans were among the few winners on a day when rain interrupted matches and forced others to be pushed back to Saturday.Graf, the top seed and defending women's champion, finished her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Holland's Nicole Jagerman in a steady drizzle.

Becker, the No. 2 seed, had to kill more than five hours before he could finish his 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 victory over beating British qualifier Jeremy Bates.

Third-seeded Swede Stefan Edberg and women's No. 3 Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina never got on court. Their matches were rescheduled for Saturday.

Seventh seed Tim Mayotte of Bradenton, Fla., finally finished his interrupted second-round match with Ronald Agenor, only to fall 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to the French-based Haitian.

Agenor, who lives in Bordeaux, France, and is ranked No. 30 by the ATP, said the long delay worked in his favor.

"The most important thing was that I stayed calm," Agenor said. "Tim played well yesterday, keeping me from attacking. Today, I was prepared to attack on every shot."

The only other men's seed in action Friday, No. 16 Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina, beat Italian Francesco Cancellotti 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. American Jay Berger, who ousted ninth-seeded Jimmy Connors from the secnd round, defeated Peru's Jaime Ygaza 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

A string of seeds followed Graf into the fourth round, including No. 8 Conchita Martinez of Spain, ninth seeded Bulgarian Katerina Maleeva and No. 10 Helen Kelesi of Canada.

Martinez, 17, eliminated French hope Sophie Amiach 6-3, 6-3, while Maleeva needed three sets to top Martina Pawlik of West Germany 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Kelesi ousted Gretchen Magers of San Antonio, Texas, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in one of the matches interrupted by the rain.