Boris Becker, with a strong serve and outstanding net play, beat Mats Wilander, 6-4, 6-2, today to win the Association of Tennis Professionals championship.
Becker, seeded fourth, broke Wilander's serve once in the first set and twice in the second to earn his first championship since winning the Wimbledon crown early in July.
"I played my best match of the tournament," said Becker, ranked ninth in the world. "He's been playing good and I beat him four and two. I played too good for him. At the moment, I rank myself No. 3, behind (John) McEnroe and (Ivan) Lendl."
"He played much better than me," said Wilander, ranked third in the world and the two-time defending champion here. "It's too bad the match couldn't have been more even."
The match, which lasted only 65 minutes, including a four-minute rain delay early in the opening set, was even until the seventh game of the first set. Becker charged the net on several points in that game and broke Wilander's serve to gain a 4-3 advantage. Becker served two aces in the 10th game to win the set.
"They were four very quick points that changed the whole match," Wilander said.
Becker dominated the second set. Wilander won the first game, but Becker won the next five to put the match out of reach.
In the middle of that stretch, Becker broke Wilander's serve, served three aces to hold serve and broke Wilander's serve for the third time in the match.
"He serves so well you can't afford to miss easy shots," Wilander said. "He served much better than the other players I met (in the tournament)."