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semis in four sets
NEW YORK (AP) - Defending
champion Boris Becker awoke from
a first-set stupor after a flare-up at
the umpire, then broke down Aaron
Krickstein's one-dimensional base-
line game to charge into the U.S.
After winning, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3,
Thursday, Becker smiled slyly and
said his chances of capturing his first
Grand Slam title this year were
"pretty good," now that Ivan Lendl
has followed top-seed Stefan Edberg
out of the tournament.
Becker's sloppy play in the first
set, including 14 unforced errors and
serves sprayed all over the court,
cost him against Krickstein's steady
Krickstein, 23, retreated behind
the baseline and seemed afraid to
cross it, but he kept winning points
as long as Becker was wild. Becker
fell behind, 2-5, in the first set and
was down, 30-40, on his service
when the crowd cheered and ap-
plauded for him to get him going.
That may have sparked him a bit,
as Becker smashed a backhand volley
to bring the game to deuce. But the
big change came after the second
deuce, when Krickstein hit a fore-
hand that appeared to Becker and the
crowd to be at least six inches long.
Becker hit the next shot out anti then
stormed toward the umpire, holding
his hands apart and complaining
about the call.
When Krickstein lost the next
point on a long forehand, Becker
jumped up as if taking a layup in
basketball, the first sign that he was
getting interested in the match.
Becker's first serve at deuce was
called a fault, and again he ran to the
umpire, Zeno Pfau, to complain
about the call.
"What are you doing up there,
just sitting?" Becker yelled. Pfau
didn't respond. Becker returned to the
baseline and slammed a service win-
ner, then took the game when Krick-
stein hit a forehand into the net.
Becker was stirred, his eyes flash-
ing, and his strokes suddenly more
powerful and sure.
Krickstein held to take the set,
ending it with an ace, and managed
to take a 2-0 lead in the second set as
Becker kept working out the kinks
in his game. But even then, it
seemed Becker would take over the
match at any moment.
"I thought to myself I have to
start to play, try to fight," Becker re-
called thinking as he went to serve
the third game of the second set:
"I'm not out of the match yet. I try
to keep my mind. The other guys
know that. It's the best of five over
a couple of hours. You're still in the
Becker's moment came when he
fell behind, 0-30. Fighting mad at
himself, he raced to the net on the
next point and drilled an overhead for
a winner. That was the first of 14
straight points he won.
Boris Becker raises his arms in triumph after defeating Aaron Krickstein, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., 3-6, 6-3, 6-2,
6-3, in a U.S. Open quarterfinal match Thursday.
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