Boris Becker, 18, conquers tennis globe

Boris Becker claimed three indoor tournaments on three continents within three weeks in 1986! 

by Jovica Ilic
Boris Becker, 18, conquers tennis globe
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Boris Becker embraced an incredible journey in the fall of 1986, winning three indoor tournaments within three weeks on three continents! An 18-year-old German conquered Sydney, Tokyo and Paris, proving his skills on the fast indoor court and writing a beautiful tennis story.

A red-haired sensation burst onto the scene in 1985, conquering Queen's and Wimbledon and finishing just outside the top-5. Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon crown in 1986, beating Ivan Lendl in the final and writing history books.

Becker had a great run during the indoor swing from the end of September, losing one match and finishing the season as world no. 2 behind Ivan Lendl. Boris kicked off his incredible 21-day run at the Australian Indoor Championship in Syndey.

The German reached the final without losing a set, arranging the clash against world no. 1 Ivan Lendl. The young gun defeated the world's best player 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 in two hours and 27 minutes, lifting his seventh ATP title and beating Lendl for the third time in four matches that year.

Boris Becker won three ATP titles on three continents within three weeks.

Becker played better as the encounter progressed, firing 17 aces and delivering Lendl's fifth loss of the season. Ivan made a reliable start before Boris built a 3-0 advantage in the second set.

Lendl pulled the break back and reached a tie break, losing it 7-2 and bringing Becker back into contention. The youngster broke early in the third set and never looked back, taking it 6-2 and delivering a bagel in the fourth to celebrate the title.

The German traveled to Tokyo, eager to extend his run. Becker defeated three rivals from outside the top-30 and met legendary Jimmy Connors in the semi-final. The young gun scored a victory in three sets, setting the title clash against Stefan Edberg, who ousted Ivan Lendl in the semi-final.

The German defeated the Swede 7-6, 6-1 in an hour and 19 minutes, lifting his second trophy within two weeks. They stayed neck and neck in the opener, and Becker claimed the tie break 7-5. Becker overpowered his great rival in set number two, lifting the trophy and heading back to Europe.

With no time to rest, Becker flew over the globe and entered the first edition of the Paris indoor event as the top seed. Playing for the third consecutive week on the third continent, Becker took advantage of the weaker draw to go all the way.

A teenager ousted a qualifier Sergio Casal 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in the final in two hours and 15 minutes, becoming the first player since John Newcombe in 1974 (Maui, Tokyo, Sydney) with three consecutive titles on three continents.

Becker kicked off the action with a break, serving well and taking the opener 6-4. Boris played better in set number two, building a 6-4, 6-3 lead and looking good to seal the deal in the third. Casal earned a break at the beginning of the third set, leading 4-2 before Becker pulled the break back in game eight to lock the result at 4-4.

Boris was a better player in the rest of the set, firing 13 aces in this part of the duel and sealing the deal after taking the tie break 7-3. After this notable three-week effort, Becker took a month off. He returned at the Masters Cup in December and lost the title clash to Ivan Lendl, finishing runner-up and terminating his career-best streak of 21 wins.

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