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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chang Ekes Past Becker In Tune-Up

COMBINED REPORTS


MELBOURNE -- American Michael Chang avenged his defeat by Boris Becker in last year's Australian Open final with a battling win in the last warm-up event for next week's grand slam tournament at Melbourne Park.


Chang, the world No. 2, showed all his fighting qualities to edge past Becker 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), saving three match points in the process.


"I am a pretty competitive person and the only time I am not is when I'm playing against my mother," Chang said after advancing to the final of the Colonial Classic exhibition event at Kooyong.


Chang will defend his Classic title against either Pete Sampras or Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Saturday.


Becker, who ended a barren five-year spell without a grand-slam victory with his open triumph in Melbourne last January, led Chang 4-0 in the decisive tie-break before losing an encounter lasting two hours and 18 minutes.


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Hard-hitting Croatian Goran Ivanisevic overpowered Australian Sandon Stolle for a berth in the Sydney International semi-finals.


The tournament's top seed won the quarter-final match against the local contender 6-4, 6-2, but not before 26-year-old Stolle impressed him with some strong, early serves.


"Today was much better -- my serve was working well and everything otherwise was working good," Ivanisevic said.


The popular player even had the crowd on his side, screaming and cheering for him from the first games of the match and virtually ignoring the Australian player.


Pat Rafter became the last Australian to bow out of the singles competition when he was beaten 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 by Spain's Carlos Moya.


In the women's quarter-final, No. 2 seed Martina Hingis of Switzerland beat Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. Hingis, the world No. 6, had led 5-0 in the first set tiebreak, but dropped the next six points before coming back.


Comeback kid Jennifer Capriati continued her impressive run by thrashing fellow-American Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-1. ()