Formed in 1990, the ATP Tour gathered the Grand Prix and WCT tournaments, created the new organization, and established the premium ATP Championship Series level. What would become the Masters 1000 level started in Indian Wells that March, with the world's finest players fighting for the title.
Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier were the players to beat under the Californian sun, reaching the semi-final and setting the thrilling enclosure in the quest for the crown. The top seed Boris Becker knew how to play in Indian Wells, winning titles in 1987 and 1988 and hoping for the third one in the first season of the ATP Tour.
Despite a great start, it wasn't to be for the German in the semis, with Agassi claiming a 6-4, 6-1 triumph in under 70 minutes, beating world no. 2 for the first time in four encounters after taking ten of the last 11 games!
The American tamed his strokes nicely and toppled Becker in both the shortest and more advanced rallies to control the result and sail over the finish line. Andre forced Becker's error in the first game before Boris fired an ace in game two to level the score at 1-1, defending nicely in the third game to grab a break and an early lead.
Andre Agassi won ten of the last 11 games against Boris Becker in Indian Wells 1990.
Becker held at 15 with an ace in the fourth game to remain in front and delivered another comfortable hold in game six after a service winner for a 4-2 advantage.
The American closed the seventh game with a perfect drop shot and pulled the break back in the next one following a solid return that Becker couldn't control at the net. In the ninth game, Agassi survived a break chance and four deuces to move in front and gather momentum that would keep him by the end of the encounter.
He broke Becker in the tenth game with a volley winner, taking the opener 6-4 and standing as the favorite in set number two. Boris netted a backhand slice in the second game to suffer the second straight break, losing ground and allowing Andre to open a 3-0 lead with an ace.
The American grabbed another break in game four and held at love with a service winner to sprint closer to the finish line, forcing Boris to serve for staying in the match. The German saved a match point in that sixth game, but it was all over after a backhand down the line winner from Andre in the next game that propelled him into the final.