Stich was my all-time favorite in the 90s, I liked him more than anybody else or than Becker.
I witnessed his success since the year when he took the Wimbledon title, it was really awesome.
Stich was a great player, huge ability and talent to do well on all(!!) surfaces. He could collect titles on grass, carpet, indoor, hardcourt, clay.
Unfortunately he lacked a bit fighting spirit in very tough matches and on a bad day he let the match go too soon and didn't bite enough to fight back. And he could never win another slam, but he outgunned the big players on all of their favorite surfaces. Bruguera, Muster on clay, Sampras on hardcourt, Becker on grass.
Stich "only" won 18 titles in his career, but he is the only one who has won all tennis tournament in Germany, something Becker never reached despite all his greatness.
Stich's best shot was probably the one-handed backhand (longline). His serve and volley was also a force. He retired quite unspectacularly and soon after he had ongoing shoulder problems. No big farewall tour, no big announcements (à la "I'm going to retire next year"...) and no comebacks from earlier comebacks...
tnx for the link, great player he was
I try to follow his matches on the Seniour Tour or exhibition matches as good as possible. He had to withdraw during the Austria Delta Tour event in summer, but he has beaten Becker at Halle this year in a quality exhibition and he also killed Muster and Antonitsch on indoor hardcourt at the Davis Cup revival in Vienna this year
I could follow these matches on TV.