Boris Becker will get a good test of his clay court progress when he faces 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang in today's quarterfinals. Becker has made his reputation on faster court surfaces.
"I played against him in Brussels earlier this year and lost 7-5, 6-1," Chang said. "But that was on carpet."
Chang knows Becker will not be easy on clay. Becker made the semifinals at the French in 1987 and 1989.
"He has never won a title, but he has beaten some good players. It will be a good match," Chang said. "He is good on all surfaces, and all good guys peak for the Grand Slams. If Boris is down, he will try and come back."
Becker did that in the second round against Todd Woodbridge of Australia, when he lost the first two sets while bothered by a sore thigh.
After getting treatment, Becker battled back to win in five sets. He hasn't lost a set since.
Chang knows how to fight, too.
"When you come into a Grand Slam, you fight a little harder because it is just more important than the other tournaments," Chang said. "Everyone wants to peak for the Grand Slam events."
Chang had his own personal battle in the match against the 38-year-old Connors, who had to default from exhaustion and back stiffness. Chang also dropped a set against Frenchman Guy Forget in the fourth round before winning.
In the 1989 final, Chang beat Stefan Edberg, now the world's No. 1 player and, like Becker, better on fast surfaces.
Chang became the youngest winner of a Grand Slam event when he was 17 years, 3 months. He was the first American since Tony Trabert in 1955 to win at the French Open.
"Paris seems to click with me," Chang said. "I don't know what it is. I don't know if it's the people or the clay or the bread or what, but something is definitely going well for me."