Becker Agassi Rivalry

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How could it have been a rivalry? BB could barely beat AA in 1989 Davis Cup, indoor carpet too, when he was at his very peak and AA was still a complete mess. After 1990 AA won nearly all their matches until BB maybe getting desperate went to Nick for advice. AA was pretty much the anti serve volleyer, he owned all the serve volleyers (except Pete), loved the target they gave him, crushing big serves back at big servers was his specialty.

One reason for this was tactical, as Becker, in a misguided attempt to show his variety, often attempted to rally with the American from the backcourt.
Quite the opposite, Becker was often forced to stay back, pretty hard to dominate somebody with your big serve and aggression when it keeps coming straight back at you with interest, he had to rally because he was being pinned to the baseline.

Agassi also recognized a subconscious tic of Becker’s – sticking out his tongue in the direction opposite of where he planned to serve – that made his massive serving easier to handle.
This was just AA's little joke at BB's expense. Somebody thinks it was meant seriously?
 

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i remember becker won their first 3 matches when agassi was still in "im an entertainer" mode and they asked becker what he thought of his oncourt antics and he said something like..."i like them because if he didn't do those things he'd be a very dangerous player". i think agassi heard that and set a fire under him and started his tear on becker
 
AA was pretty much the anti serve volleyer, he owned all the serve volleyers (except Pete), loved the target they gave him, crushing big serves back at big servers was his specialty.
agassi was a nightmare for many of these players (ask stich !) ;) but some of them (in addition to pete) still had a decent record against him : ivanisevic, krajicek, rafter...
 
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