Becker the 55-Minute Man in L.A. : Tennis: Boris Becker wins L.A. Open with a speedy victory over Australian Woodforde.
Boris Becker, showing the form that made him the world’s No. 1 player three years ago, routed Mark Woodforde of Australia, 6-2, 6-2, Sunday to win the $400,000 Los Angeles Open.
Becker, making his first appearance in Los Angeles, disposed of Woodforde in 55 minutes, the quickest final on the ATP Tour this year.
“It was unexpectedly easy,” said Becker, the No. 2 seed. “I kept hitting big serves and being very aggressive from the baseline.”
The serve-and-volley game that brought Becker three Wimbledon titles in the late 1980s proved devastating against Woodforde.
The German lost just eight points on his serve the entire match and won 20 of 22 points at the net. For the second straight match, Becker didn’t face a break point.
“Today was one of the finest matches of the year,” he said.
Becker’s second title of the year and 40th of his 11-year career will move him from 11th to eighth in the world when the latest ATP rankings are released Monday.
Woodforde, a left-hander ranked 53rd, was playing his first singles final of the year and it showed. He opened the match with consecutive double faults and connected on just 55 percent of his first serves.
“It was a big-time struggle,” said Woodforde, known primarily for his doubles success. “I think he sensed I was a little bit hesitant. “
Becker dominated despite playing with tendinitis in his lower right leg, an old injury that flared up in his quarterfinal against Karsten Braasch.
“I’m physically not 100 percent,” he said. “In the (semifinals) and final I bite my tongue and play over the pain.”
“Boris has resurrected himself,” Woodforde said. “He was hitting some incredible angles.”