MICHAEL CHANG(U. S. A.)
French Open 1989
Michael Chang was small in stature but made up for his lack of height and talent with lightening fast speed around the court. Although born and bred in the US, Chang, the son of Chinese immigrants, became a role model in Asia. Chang made his Grand Slam debut at the 1987 US Open, when he was 15, and became the youngest man ever to win a match at the US Open before going out in the second round. Chang had only just turned 17 when he entered the 1989 French Open. In the fourth round he came from two sets to love down against Ivan Lendl. By the end of the fifth set Chang could hardly stand up due to cramp but a Lendl double fault handed him the match. After overcoming Ronald Agenor and Andrei Chesnokov, both in four sets, Chang came from two sets to one down to beat Stefan Edberg in the final to become the youngest ever Grand Slam champion. Defending his title the following year Chang lost in the quarters to Andre Agassi. At the 1992 US Open Chang came through two five set matches against MaliVai Washington and Wayne Ferreira. He looked like making it a hat trick of five set wins when he led Edberg 3-0 in the fifth set in the semi finals, but Edberg fought back to win. Sampras beat Chang in the semis of the 1995 Australian Open in four sets. At the French Open Chang beat defending champ Sergi Bruguera in straight sets in the semis before being outclassed by Thomas Muster in the final. At the 1996 Australian Open Chang beat an out of sorts Agassi in the semis before losing in four sets to Becker in the final. Chang again benefited from a dreadful Agassi performance in the semis of the US Open before being thrashed by Sampras in the final. At the 1997 Australian Open Chang lost in the semis to Carlos Moya in straight sets. At the US Open he lost easily to Pat Rafter in the semis. Then Chang's career rapidly declined as he struggled to maintain the speed around the court he had of old. He retired at the end of the 2003 season, by which time his ranking had dropped outside the top 100.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 2-3, B.Becker 0-2, S.Bruguera 2-1, J.Connors 1-0, A.Costa 1-1, J.Courier 0-1, S.Edberg 1-4, R.Federer 0-3, G.Gaudio 1-0, T.Johansson 1-0, Y.Kafelnikov 0-1, P.Korda 0-1, R.Krajicek 0-1, G.Kuerten 0-1, I.Lendl 1-0, J.McEnroe 1-1, C.Moya 0-2, T.Muster 0-1, P.Rafter 0-1, A.Roddick 0-1, P.Sampras 1-4, M.Stich 1-0
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