uo94reneberg_becker

uo94reneberg_becker

Points won by each set: [ 28-16, 33-26, 27-37, 20-31, 43-37 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
26 % Reneberg – 39 of 145
34 % Becker – 53 of 153

The US Open ’94 it was a tournament of plenty upsets, Becker [7] became one of the first victims. Bookmakers considered him as the second favorite to win the title behind Sampras, cause he arrived in New York having won two titles in the American summer (Los Angeles, New Haven). He entered the night session match against Reneberg [48] leading 6:0 in their H2H (12-1 in sets!). The progress of the encounter was very bizarre – the 29-year-old American easily won the opener serving only at 25% of 1st serve in! Becker improved his game, yet he was two games away from a shocking straight sets defeat. As he won the 3rd set, his triumph seemed inevitable… Reneberg faced all odds: he had a modest 3-8 five-set record while his German opponent belonged to the best specialists of winning fifth sets, being very successful recovering from a 0-2 deficit. Reneberg led 5:4* (40/0) – then the vintage Becker fired two service winners and an ace to have a mini-match point in the following game – Reneberg went to the net after the 1st serve to play a deep forehand volley – Becker’s forehand passing-shot hit the netcord, if the ball was hit a couple of centimeters higher, it could have given him a winning pass. In the tie-break Reneberg built a 6:3* lead with very good ground-strokes – Becker responded with great serves again (ace, service winner). On sixth match point Reneberg served well, Becker just blocked his backhand return producing a defensive lob, and Reneberg made an overhead put away from difficult position off the no-man’s area! Reneberg won another two matches to reach his only fourth round in Grand Slam events.

# Becker’s five-setters when the scoreline hit 5-all in the 5th set (7-1):
Wimbledon ’85: Nystrom 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, 4-6, 9-7
Masters ’88: Lendl 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6
Roland Garros ’89: Perez-Roldan 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Australian Open ’91: Camporese 7-6, 7-6, 0-6, 4-6, 14-12
Brussels ’92: Courier 6-7, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5
Wimbledon ’94: Medvedev 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5
US Open ’94: Reneberg 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-7
Wimbledon ’95: Pioline 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7

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