Match Stats/Report - Becker vs Prpic, Monte Carlo semi-final, 1991


Hall of Fame
Boris Becker beat Goran Prpic 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semi-final, 1991 on clay

Becker would go onto lose in the final to Sergi Bruguera. It was the second of his 3 trips to the final of the event. Prpic would reach the semis of Hamburg and Rome shortly after as well

Becker won 56 points, Prpic 45

Becker serve-volleyed about a third off the time off first serves

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (34/51) 67%
- 1st serve points won (23/34) 68%
- 2nd serve points won (8/17) 47%
- Aces 1
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (9/51) 18%

- 1st serve percentage (38/50) 76%
- 1st serve points won (21/38) 55%
- 2nd serve points won (4/12) 33%
- Aces 1
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (7/50) 14%

Serve Patterns
Becker served...
- to FH 22%
- to BH 74%
- to Body 4%

Prpic served...
- to FH 39%
- to BH 55%
- to Body 6%

Return Stats
Becker made...
- 42 (19 FH, 23 BH), including 1 runaround FH & 1 return-approach
- 6 Errors, comprising...
- 5 Unforced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 1 Forced (1 BH)
- Return Rate (42/49) 86%

Prpic made...
- 41 (12 FH, 29 BH), including 3 runaround FHs
- 1 Winner (1 BH)
- 8 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (1 FH, 2 BH)
- 5 Forced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (41/50) 82%

Break Points
Becker 5/7 (5 games)
Prpic 2/4 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
Becker 19 (5 FH, 4 BH, 5 FHV, 2 BHV, 2 OH, 1 BHOH)
Prpic 19 (6 FH, 9 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH, 1 BHOH)

Becker's FHs - 1 cc, 1 dtl pass (not clean), 2 inside-out passes and 1 running-down-drop-shot cc at net
- BHs - 2 cc passes, 1 longline/inside-out and 1 drop shot

- 2 from serve-volley points - 1 second volley FHV and a third volley OH

- 1 other FHV was a pass from just inside baseline and not a net point
- 1 FHV was net-to-net
- the BHOH can reasonably be called a BHV

Prpic's FHs - 1 cc/longline, 2 dtl passes, 1 dtl/inside-out and 2 running-down-drop-shots dtl at net
- BHs - 2 cc passes, 4 dtl (2 passes - 1 return), 1 inside-out, 1 drop shot, 1 net chord dribbler at net and 1 running-down-drop-shot cc at net

- the BHOH can reasonably be called a BHV

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Becker 18
- 11 Unforced (7 FH, 3 BH, 1 FHV)
- 7 Forced (3 FH, 2 BH, 1 FH1/2V, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 46.4

Prpic 27
- 16 Unforced (8 FH, 7 BH, 1 OH)
- 11 Forced (1 FH, 10 BH)... with 1 BH running-down-drop-shot at net
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 47.5

(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
Becker was...
- 21/32 (66%) at net, including...
- 8/12 (67%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 8/11 (73%) off 1st serve and..
- 0/1 off 2nd serve
- 1/1 return-approaching

Prpic was...
- 11/22 (50%) at net, with...
- 0/1 forced back

Match Report
Good showing from Becker, while Goran Prpic seems outmatched on a low-bouncing clay court

Neither player does much with the serve. Becker holds back on the most of the time, and only occasionally lets loose with a big one. Prpic is good enough to return those too. Just 1 ace for Boris (same as Prpic). He forces 5 return errors (while being forced into just 1), but that's mostly about him serve-volleying. Despite the stronger serve when he wants, not much of an advantage. Prpic returns consistently anyway

Prpics serving though doesn't seem to be a choice. One senses he doesn't have the ability to do damage with the serve, not that he's holding back. No trouble for Boris putting it in play

Boris serve-volleys 11 times off first serves or 33% of the time, winning 8. So most points start neutrally from baseline

Playing quality is good, without setting the sky alight. Becker 19 winners, 11 UEs, Prpic 19 and 16... very good numbers for clay in particular

The Boris FH stands out for power, by far the hardest hit shot on show. Hard enough to trouble and rush Prpic and consistent despite its strength (7 UEs, to Prpic's 8). Off BH, Boris is more conservative, only occasionally letting loose with a full swing, and hitting cc at blunt angles. The slice is very good though - he uses it both cc and longline - and hits it short to draw Prpic forward. Bounce is low for clay and both players slices stay low, helping this

Extending from short slices, Boris also indulges with drop shots. And very well. I don't think he makes an error trying and hits about 10 of them over course of match. Neither player is particularly fast of foot, but Prpic does well running down the drop shots. He has 3 winners doing so, while Boris has 1 drop shot winner and forces one error. Other drop shot based points turn into net-to-net situations

Just 3 BH UEs from Boris. Excellent for his natural weaker side

Prpic's BH looks better than his FH. The FH is apt to make routine errors more. Meanwhile, he's a bit more aggresive with the BH (possibly because Boris BH doesn't put it under as much pressure as Boris' FH does Prpic's FH), looking for dtl point finishers and compared to Boris, regular hard swinging cc's

7 BH UEs to 8 on FH for Prpic and 9 winners to 6. The pick of them is a BH inside-out. Still, he has no obvious power advantage BH-BH and Boris hasn't put all his eggs in the hitting cart. slices and drop shots give Prpic something else to handle. He does so well enough - but can't keep things to a straight hitting battle. He hits the stronger drive BH, but not by much, and is straining for force when he goes for the big shot. Boris seems to be playing more naturally when he hits slightly less hard shots

There's plenty of net play. From rallies, Boris comes in 19 times, winning 12. All of Prpic's approaches are from rallies (iow, he doesn't serve-volley or return approach at all) and he wins 11/22. Good passing from both players, while Boris is also particularly good on the volley. Just the 1 UE anda couple of FEs

Note Prpic with 10 BH FEs to just 1 on FH. These aren't all passing attempts, but when Boris is at net, he almost always volleys to the BH

Both players struggle with slightly awkward balls on occasion - balls a bit wide or deep. By definition not easy, but not hard for good baseliners. Nothing major, just a bit more trouble than one might expect. For both, this is as much a product of slow movement as hitting consistency

Summing up, convincing win for Becker. He's the stronger hitter of FH, shows good variety with slices and drop shots off BH and takes advantage of it to come to net to finish points. Decent showing from Goran Prpic too, but his opponent is just better in virtually all areas

Stats for Becker's upcoming French Open semi with Andre Agassi -
Stats for first round match between Jordi Arrese and Bjorn Borg -
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