paris90edberg_becker

Points won directly behind the serve:
15 % Edberg – 3 of 20
19 % Becker – 5 of 26

Article from November 4, 1990
A thigh injury forced Boris Becker to retire from the final of the $2 million Paris Open against Stefan Edberg at 3-3 in the first set Sunday, sidetracking Becker’s bid to capture the world No. 1 ranking. “I felt something pop when I was serving at 2-all. I have no idea how long I will be out of tennis. The trainer and doctor here don’t know exactly what is wrong.” Becker said he would visit his own doctor in Munich, Germany as soon as possible, and wouldn’t know until then whether he would be able to play in the ATP Tour Championship in Frankfurt, Germany, later this month. He still hopes to snatch the No. 1 ranking from Edberg soon. “Obviously, not reaching the No. 1 spot this weekend is a blow, but if I can keep on playing the way I have played these last four weeks next season, then I think I will make it,” he said. Both players had started the match playing attractive tennis and each had held his opening three service games before the injury to Becker. Edberg had break points in all Becker service games, but was unable to press home the advantage. Becker emerged from the changeover at 3:2 with his left thigh wrapped and after playing out the sixth game he told the chair umpire that he was unable to continue. It was not immediately clear whether it was a new injury or an aggravation of a problem that has hampered Becker for some time. The Swede retained his No. 1 world ranking with his seventh tournament success of the year. The head-to-head score between the two players is now 17-10 in Becker’s favor. “I’m very sorry for Boris, but there’s nothing you can do,” Edberg said. “I knew Boris would become No. 1 if he beat me today, but I was confident because I had been playing well all week. Nobody likes to win a tournament like this, and I just hope Boris recovers quickly.” Becker said: “I’m pretty strong, but I’m only human. This is my 26th match in four weeks. It’s pretty exhausting.” *

Edberg’s route to his 28th title:
2 Andrei Cherkasov 6-2, 6-3
3 Aaron Krickstein 6-3, 6-2
Q Jakob Hlasek 6-3, 6-4
S Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-3
W Boris Becker 3-3 ret.

* Becker saying “four weeks” referred to his last four tournaments which had a span of five weeks: he captured titles in Sydney & Stockholm, and lost the finals in Tokyo & Paris – all events were held indoors. To be precise, he played 27 not 26 matches in them (20 in singles + 7 in doubles).

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