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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Truly Tragic' Boro

MUNICH -- Boris Becker finished the most lucrative week of his life with a $1.875 million payoff after winning a tournament he once described as "perverse" because it offered too much money.


Becker cashed in on his superb run of form at the end of the year with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of defending champion Goran Ivanisevic in the final of the Grand Slam Cup, the richest event in the game.


It was the first time the Australian Open champion had won the tournament which he boycotted in its inaugural year in 1990, saying it was "perverse" to play for so much money.


But the 29-year-old German has changed his mind about the event. He relished the chance to win in front of 11,000 fervent fans in his home town of Munich and took just 83 minutes to defeat the big-serving Ivanisevic.


"I knew I had to return well against Goran who has the best serve of all time," Becker said. "It has been a home game this week and I have enjoyed it."


"Bearing in mind I was playing against the best server in the game, that was as good as I could play today. There were no lapses in my game. That is why it seemed so easy."


Becker has produced some of the best tennis of his life in the last few months since he return following a serious wrist injury sustained at Wimbledon.


Ivanisevic, who produced a superb comeback from two sets down to beat Russia's French Open champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Saturday's semifinals, was unable to make an impact.


"He was just too good. I didn't know what to do," said the Croat, who almost pulled out of the event at the start of the week because of illness.


"He is playing his best tennis ever. He played too well. I didn't have any chance."


Some of the top players have been unable to deal with Ivanisevic's power this week, during which he has taken his aces for the year past 1,500, a record.


But three-time Wimbledon champion Becker was soon on top of the titleholder's serve, making a key break to lead 5-3 in the first set after Ivanisevic netted a forehand. In the next game the German served out for the set after 23 minutes.


Becker, who beat Britain's Tim Henman 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals, took the initiative right at the start of the second set, breaking Ivanisevic in the first game with another crisp passing shot. Some 28 minutes later he was two sets ahead.


The German effectively clinched the match when he broke again in the fifth game of the third set with a smash to lead 3-2.


Despite his defeat Ivanisevic ended the week with $812,500 in his pocket. In five years at the tournament, the Croat has won an astonishing $3.6 million.