Match Stats/Report - Agassi vs Becker, Indian Wells semi-final 1990

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
Andre Agassi beat Boris Becker 6-4, 6-1 in the Indian Wells semi-final 1990 on hard court

Agassi had lost all 3 of the pairs previous matches, but would go on to win 9 of the next 10

Agassi won 62 points, Becker 43

Serve Stats
Agassi...
- 1st serve percentage (39/59) 66%
- 1st serve points won (32/39) 82%
- 2nd serve points won (7/20) 35%
- Aces 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (11/59) 19%

Becker...
- 1st serve percentage (23/46) 50%
- 1st serve points won (17/23) 74%
- 2nd serve points won (6/23) 26%
- Aces 5, Service Winners 2
- Double Faults 4
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (13/46) 28%

Serve Patterns
Agassi served...
- to FH 25%
- to BH 74%
- to Body 1%

Becker served...
- to FH 33%
- to BH 60%
- to Body 7%

Return Stats
Agassi made...
- 29 (10 FH, 19 BH), including 3 runaround FHs
- 6 Errors, comprising...
- 1 Unforced (1 FH)
- 5 Forced (3 FH, 2 BH)
- Return Rate (29/42) 69%

Becker made...
- 48 (10 FH, 36 BH, 2 ??), including2 runaround FHs and 1 return-approach
- 2 Winners (1 FH, 1 BH)
- 10 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- 7 Forced (4 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (48/59) 81%

Break Points
Agassi 4/8 (5 games)
Becker 1/2 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
Agassi 12 (4 FH, 4 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH)
Becker 9 (3 FH, 2 BH, 1 FHV, 2 BHV, 1 OH)

Agassi's FHs - 2 inside-out, 1 cc pass at net and 1 dtl pass
- BHs - 2 dtl/inside-out and 2 drop shots

- the BHV was a cc drive played just inside the court and not a net point

Becker's FHs - 1 dtl, 1 inside-out return and 1 cc pass
- BHs - 1 cc and 1 dtl return

- 1 from a serve-volley point - a first volley BHV which was a net chord dribbler
- 1 other BHV was inside-out

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Agassi 21
- 11 Unforced (4 FH, 6 BH, 1 BHV)
- 10 Forced (3 FH, 5 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 44.5

Becker 35
- 27 Unforced (9 FH, 16 BH, 2 BHV)
- 8 Forced (3 FH, 3 BH, 2 FHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 44.4

(Note 1: All 1/2 volleys refer to such shots played at net. 1/2 volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke numbers)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Agassi was...
- 9/13 (69%) at net

Becker was...
- 10/16 (63%) at net, including...
- 6/9 (67%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 6/8 (75%) off 1st serve and...
- 0/1 off second serve
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0/1 return-approaching
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Match Report
A competitive, if not interesting first set followed by a listless performance from Becker leading to a most one sided second

Its a slow court in Indian Wells, more suited to Agassi then Becker. But the German looks to be his own master for most of the first set. Agassi surprisingly dishes out a low first serve percentage (given he wasn't doing much with the serve) and serves relentlessly to the BH. Nothing too threatening, in short

Becker gains the break in game 3. Like most games, its riddled with errors but does feature a BH dtl return winner, as well as Agassi hitting a drive BHV from just inside the baseline for a winner.

Agassi's service games are marked by who-blinks-first rallies. Usually, Becker does, but its competitive. Boris doesn't seem to be trying to escape these exchanges by coming to net, but appears content to slug it out from the back of the court

Becker serve-volleys off most first serves. Most of the points these points that he wins are through forced return errors or aces. The errors in question are caused by the serve itself and would probably have been errors even if Becker were staying back. I call these types of net points 'insurance policy' approaches. In short, we don't get to see much by way of Becker volleying vs Agassi passing... its more a serve-bot type deal going on.

Agassi helps this dynamic by taking the return so early. He's on the baseline to take the first serve (occasionally moving slightly inside as he makes the return). No wonder he got aced and missed returns.... even on a slow court, this is just too close to handle Becker's power serve

Serving at 4-3, Becker is broken (3 baseline UEs + 1 volleying FE). He fights hard in the next game - a 14 point affair that stands out for low UEs and 4 winners. He can't reach break point though, and Agassi holds

And then the wheels come off. Agassi wins 31/44 remaining points in the match. He breaks to love to take the first set. Set point is interesting. Agassi hits a moonball to Becker's BH, that rises to about head height. Even as Boris is preparing to play the ball, Agassi rushes to net... he's correctly anticipated a floating shot and slaps it away with a FHV winner

Second set is a disaster for Becker. He looks completely flat and ineffective. He gets into baseline exchanges in which Agassi outlasts him. Agassi does play well in these - hitting with depth and the rallies do go on for awhile before Becker coughs up UEs (mostly from the BH)… but the end result doesn't seem to be in doubt. Its like watching a man drown slowly. Agassi has 2 break and set points to make it a bagel and rushes the net to make the most of it. Becker forces a volleying error on the first point and Agassi makes an error on the second, allowing Becker to at least avoid the ignominy of a bagel

Stats
The key one is UEs in play. Becker 27, including 16 BHs (Agassi has 11). It's a who-blinks-first match... and its the German the vast majority of the time

- Becker's 16 net approaches also stands out, especially considering 9 of them were s/v points. He shows no interest in taking the net... though he's clearly coming off second best from the back

Becker is appears discontent in the second set. He'd popped a string early in the first set and brought out a replacement racquet. Occasionally, he'd bang it on his hands - seemingly not satisfied with string tensions, but not making a big deal of it

That changes in the second set when he is making a big deal and very clearly expressing his dissatisfaction with the racquet. Just seems to have mentally checked out

Summing up, decent first set then Becker going completely flat. Agassi just has to keep the ball in court in the second set, which he does well and heavily enough - but its Becker's poor play that takes the eye
 

andreh

Professional
Like Edberg-Becker, this is another interesting head-to-head. Clearly there isn't much between these two in terms of how skilled they are, yet Agassi wins 11 out of 15 meetings. Just goes to show that tennis is a funny sport. It's about match-ups of (highly) relative strengths and weaknesses and how they play on the day.
 

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
I saw this match live and remember it well. Boris had a poor serving day in windy conditions.
Do you think the wind was factor in his having a bad serving day?

50% first serves in is fairly normal for him and 74% of them won - good numbers.... Its the 26% second serve point won that sunk him

Agassi was taking the return very early, so quite a bit of pressure on Boris to deliver

Agassi's hair being what it was makes judging the strength of the wind fairly easy. Its not calm, but it doesn't look bad enough to throw off an experienced and top class server like Becker

I think Becker's just a hot and cold players - capable of having a good serving day in bad conditions or a bad one in good conditions
 

andreh

Professional
The final was windy, though. But Edberg seemed to do fine, despite having a significantly higher toss.
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
Like Edberg-Becker, this is another interesting head-to-head. Clearly there isn't much between these two in terms of how skilled they are, yet Agassi wins 11 out of 15 meetings. Just goes to show that tennis is a funny sport. It's about match-ups of (highly) relative strengths and weaknesses and how they play on the day.
Was only 10 out of 14, but of course your point stands. Interestingly Agassi is the only one Becker has a very bad H2H against. He is leading almost everyone else. The only other two big names he has loosing H2Hs against coming to my mind are Sampras 7-12 and Lendl 9-10 which is more competitive than against Agassi.
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
Andre Agassi beat Boris Becker 6-4, 6-1 in the Indian Wells semi-final 1990 on hard court

Agassi had lost all 3 of the pairs previous matches, but would go on to win 9 of the next 10

Agassi won 62 points, Becker 43

Serve Stats
Agassi...
- 1st serve percentage (39/59) 66%
- 1st serve points won (32/39) 82%
- 2nd serve points won (7/20) 35%
- Aces 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (11/59) 19%

Becker...
- 1st serve percentage (23/46) 50%
- 1st serve points won (17/23) 74%
- 2nd serve points won (6/23) 26%
- Aces 5, Service Winners 2
- Double Faults 4
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (13/46) 28%

Serve Patterns
Agassi served...
- to FH 25%
- to BH 74%
- to Body 1%

Becker served...
- to FH 33%
- to BH 60%
- to Body 7%

Return Stats
Agassi made...
- 29 (10 FH, 19 BH), including 3 runaround FHs
- 6 Errors, comprising...
- 1 Unforced (1 FH)
- 5 Forced (3 FH, 2 BH)
- Return Rate (29/42) 69%

Becker made...
- 48 (10 FH, 36 BH, 2 ??), including2 runaround FHs and 1 return-approach
- 2 Winners (1 FH, 1 BH)
- 10 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- 7 Forced (4 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (48/59) 81%

Break Points
Agassi 4/8 (5 games)
Becker 1/2 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
Agassi 12 (4 FH, 4 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH)
Becker 9 (3 FH, 2 BH, 1 FHV, 2 BHV, 1 OH)

Agassi's FHs - 2 inside-out, 1 cc pass at net and 1 dtl pass
- BHs - 2 dtl/inside-out and 2 drop shots

- the BHV was a cc drive played just inside the court and not a net point

Becker's FHs - 1 dtl, 1 inside-out return and 1 cc pass
- BHs - 1 cc and 1 dtl return

- 1 from a serve-volley point - a first volley BHV which was a net chord dribbler
- 1 other BHV was inside-out

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Agassi 21
- 11 Unforced (4 FH, 6 BH, 1 BHV)
- 10 Forced (3 FH, 5 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 44.5

Becker 35
- 27 Unforced (9 FH, 16 BH, 2 BHV)
- 8 Forced (3 FH, 3 BH, 2 FHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 44.4

(Note 1: All 1/2 volleys refer to such shots played at net. 1/2 volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke numbers)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Agassi was...
- 9/13 (69%) at net

Becker was...
- 10/16 (63%) at net, including...
- 6/9 (67%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 6/8 (75%) off 1st serve and...
- 0/1 off second serve
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0/1 return-approaching
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Match Report
A competitive, if not interesting first set followed by a listless performance from Becker leading to a most one sided second

Its a slow court in Indian Wells, more suited to Agassi then Becker. But the German looks to be his own master for most of the first set. Agassi surprisingly dishes out a low first serve percentage (given he wasn't doing much with the serve) and serves relentlessly to the BH. Nothing too threatening, in short

Becker gains the break in game 3. Like most games, its riddled with errors but does feature a BH dtl return winner, as well as Agassi hitting a drive BHV from just inside the baseline for a winner.

Agassi's service games are marked by who-blinks-first rallies. Usually, Becker does, but its competitive. Boris doesn't seem to be trying to escape these exchanges by coming to net, but appears content to slug it out from the back of the court

Becker serve-volleys off most first serves. Most of the points these points that he wins are through forced return errors or aces. The errors in question are caused by the serve itself and would probably have been errors even if Becker were staying back. I call these types of net points 'insurance policy' approaches. In short, we don't get to see much by way of Becker volleying vs Agassi passing... its more a serve-bot type deal going on.

Agassi helps this dynamic by taking the return so early. He's on the baseline to take the first serve (occasionally moving slightly inside as he makes the return). No wonder he got aced and missed returns.... even on a slow court, this is just too close to handle Becker's power serve

Serving at 4-3, Becker is broken (3 baseline UEs + 1 volleying FE). He fights hard in the next game - a 14 point affair that stands out for low UEs and 4 winners. He can't reach break point though, and Agassi holds

And then the wheels come off. Agassi wins 31/44 remaining points in the match. He breaks to love to take the first set. Set point is interesting. Agassi hits a moonball to Becker's BH, that rises to about head height. Even as Boris is preparing to play the ball, Agassi rushes to net... he's correctly anticipated a floating shot and slaps it away with a FHV winner

Second set is a disaster for Becker. He looks completely flat and ineffective. He gets into baseline exchanges in which Agassi outlasts him. Agassi does play well in these - hitting with depth and the rallies do go on for awhile before Becker coughs up UEs (mostly from the BH)… but the end result doesn't seem to be in doubt. Its like watching a man drown slowly. Agassi has 2 break and set points to make it a bagel and rushes the net to make the most of it. Becker forces a volleying error on the first point and Agassi makes an error on the second, allowing Becker to at least avoid the ignominy of a bagel

Stats
The key one is UEs in play. Becker 27, including 16 BHs (Agassi has 11). It's a who-blinks-first match... and its the German the vast majority of the time

- Becker's 16 net approaches also stands out, especially considering 9 of them were s/v points. He shows no interest in taking the net... though he's clearly coming off second best from the back

Becker is appears discontent in the second set. He'd popped a string early in the first set and brought out a replacement racquet. Occasionally, he'd bang it on his hands - seemingly not satisfied with string tensions, but not making a big deal of it

That changes in the second set when he is making a big deal and very clearly expressing his dissatisfaction with the racquet. Just seems to have mentally checked out

Summing up, decent first set then Becker going completely flat. Agassi just has to keep the ball in court in the second set, which he does well and heavily enough - but its Becker's poor play that takes the eye
Great match report as always. Did Agassi hit any return winner? It is not mentioned but I would assume as Becker was serve and volleying a lot.
 

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
Did Agassi hit any return winner? It is not mentioned but I would assume as Becker was serve and volleying a lot.
No return winners and Becker serve-volleyed just 9 times

If there aren't any return winners, I cut the line from 'return stats' (also do the same when other things are missing - double faults, service winners etc.)

Would also mention return winners in description in section 'Winners'

And exact serve-volley numbers and their breakdown via first and second serve are given under 'Net Points & Serve Volley'

Becker had two return winners though
 
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