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Old 05-04-2007, 11:41 AM   #11
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I know, it seems absurd, but Becker was actually a real good clay courter. He grew up on clay in Germany, and when he came up in in 1985, he had good successes at Rome, where he lost to tricky Noah in quarters, and in the DC, where he beat good grinders like Teltscher and Krickstein at Hamburg on clay. He was quite slow on his feet, but had a good sense for positioning and could slide on the clay. His forehand was a weapon on clay, but his backhand became stale in longer matches, because his slice hadn't enough bite. Later he had problem to get to wide shots into his forehand corner. He reached the final of all big clay tourneys (Rome, loss to Sampras on a ligthning fast court, Hamburg, losing to slice king Aguilera, 3 times Monte Carlo, losing to Bruguera, Mancini, who was on a high that year,and Muster, who had his best year, and demolished Boris' clay ambitions once and for all, by saving a match point). Hos best clay match was a straight set win over Chang at RG in 1991, when he lost next round to Agassi. If he had beaten Edberg in the 1989 close sf at RG, he would have won the title against Chang, whom he owned.
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