rg91becker_woodbridge

rg91becker_woodbridge

Points won by each set: [ 43-47, 14-28, 34-29, 43-39, 33-30 ]
Points won directly on serve:
20 % Becker – 37 of 181
23 % Woodbridge – 38 of 159

The only time when Becker [2] was considered as a favorite to triumph in the French Open, having won Australian Open ’91 and displaying very good clay-court tennis in his previous tournament as he lost the Monte Carlo final. Woodbridge [39] – before he’d established himself as a doubles specialist – was very little experienced on clay, but surprised his four-year-older famous opponent with defensive strategy. The 20-year-old Australian attacked the net following his serve just twice in the entire match (lost both points), but his backhand slice was very effective and flat forehand gave him a lot of points. He saved three set points in two straight games from *3:5 to win 13 out of 15 games! Becker needed treatment to his left thigh, and finally at 1:3 he began serving faster – held at love, and a real battle began then. The German came back from a break down in three consecutive sets (1:3 | 2:4, 0/30 | 0:1 respectively)! In set no. 4 he saved two mini-match points at 4-all, he also fought off another mini-match point at 4-all in the decider (Woodbridge played very good FH return, but Becker tremendously responded with his stretching cross-court FH)… nevertheless, I think the most important game occurred when Woodbridge was serving at 4:3 in the 4th set. He played two awful FH volleys in that game which should have given him game points, first at 30/15, then at deuce. Becker survived that tricky encounter after 4 hours 21 minutes, won another three rounds easily before he was ousted by Agassi in the semifinal.

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