When on form, Michael Stich had a natural, rhythmical serve, powerful groundstrokes and crisp volleys, yet he only won a solitary Grand Slam title. The reason he didnít win more was down to his brittle temperament. When he was losing he often showed very negative bodylanguage and seemed at a loss to know how to get back into the match. This meant he lost many matches to players he should have beaten by self-destructing. Stich made his Grand Slam debut at the 1989 French Open, where he lost in the second round to Goran Ivanisevic. At the 1991 French Open Stich lost in the semis to Jim Courier in four sets. Stich gained his revenge on Courier at Wimbledon in the quarter finals, which he won in straight sets. In the semis Stich beat reigning champion Stefan Edberg in four sets. In the final he faced his fellow countryman Boris Becker and won in straight sets to take his first Grand Slam title. At the US Open he lost in five sets in the quarters to Ivan Lendl. Defending his title at Wimbledon, Stich lost in the quarters to Pete Sampras in straight sets. At the 1993 Australian Open Stich lost in the semis to Jim Courier in straight sets. At Wimbledon Stich lost to Boris Becker in five sets in the quarters. At the 1994 US Open Stich lost to Andre Agassi in straight sets in the final. In the 1995 Davis Cup semis Stich had nine match points against Andrei Chesnokov that would have put Germany into the final but froze on the verge of victory and Chesnokov came back to win. After recovering from an ankle injury in early 1996, Stich hit form at the 1996 French Open. He was in brilliant form in disposing of defending champion and hot favourite Thomas Muster in the fourth round. Then he overcame Cedric Pioline in four sets in the quarters and Marc Rosset in straight sets in the semis before losing in straight sets to Kafelnikov in the final. Playing his last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon 1997, Stich thrashed home favourite Tim Henman in the quarters before losing to Pioline in five sets in the semis. As dusk fell on the Centre Court Stich received a standing ovation as his career came to an end at the age of 28. Stich returned to the Centre Court for the 2000 Champions Parade. He became a TV commentator.
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