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Michael Chang

Michael Chang was always a favorite player of mine, but as I didn't start following tennis until late 1998 I didn't really get to see much of him at his best. So I just thought I'd ask you to post your memories and thought's of him over the years

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Re: Michael Chang

The most spectacular tennis point i can remember is between stich and chang - i think in los angeles or some of the pre-us-open-tournements. Its baseline duel when stich goes to net and after back-to-back lobs and stop volleys i think stich makes passing shot (when chang is on net) between legs and wins the point...

Remember when looking at french open final back home and Edberg had 10 break points in 4th set but chang won on his only 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-2.

And his jumping backhand shots agasint haarhuis i think in indian wellls.

Chang only won 1 GS but is the player to always competive great against all at his era in all tournements.

His last chance was at US Open 97 but he fell to Rafter 3-0.
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Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsL89DmOEj4
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Re: Michael Chang

The great Michael

One of my fav players of all the time

My favs.
.Agassi.Chang.Sampras.Ferreira.Kafelnikof.Bjorkman .Pioline.

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Re: Michael Chang

I played against Michael Chang at a Charity Tennis event in Baltimore, MD....He was by far the fastest opponent I've faced.

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Re: Michael Chang

I went to the Chang-McEnroe match at the US Open in '91. It was a 3rd round match on Friday night in Armstrong. Mac was in the twilight of his career, but had the great run to the semis the previous year before falling to Sampras. It was a brilliant match. Nearly the whole stadium was pulling for the veteran McEnroe, but Chang displayed the mental toughness that was the trademark of his career. It was a classic 5 setter that Chang eventually pulled out. The interesting thing about this match was the number of topspin lob winners that Chang executed. Mac knew that he had to attack at all costs to win the match, and part of what made Mac such an amazing volleyer was the way he closed in on the net. However, this also made him susceptible to getting burned by the lob, and there haven't been many better than Chang. Just a great match with an equally great atmosphere.
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Re: Michael Chang

Chang's under arm serve against Lendl at Roland Garros 1989.
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Chang was playing incredible tennis in 1992 U.S. Open semifinal against Edberg, but he lost in five sets (this match lasted 5 hours and 26 minutes).

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Michael Chang vs Jimmy Connors - unforgettable match (Roland Garros 1991)

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Chang was playing incredible tennis in 1992 U.S. Open semifinal against Edberg, but he lost in five sets (this match lasted 5 hours and 26 minutes).
That was one of the best matches. I thought going into that match, Chang had a mental edge over Edberg because of what he did to him at the French. He had a break in that final set but lost it. He is kind of what David Nalbandian is today- a guy who could grind with you all day. Shame about his second serve.
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Chang's under arm serve against Lendl at Roland Garros 1989.
Second this! It was a great moment...

I also remember Chang receiving the serves almost on the service line in the end of the same match.
Lendl was so pissed off!


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Re: Michael Chang

Chang was like the best pound for pound tennis player at his peak.

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I remember Chang as one of the most adaptable players ever. In an era when players were getting bigger, faster and stronger every year, Chang used speed, technology, and a warrior's mentality to carve out a very respectable career. I loved his matches against Edberg.
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Re: Michael Chang

SINGLES TITLES
2000 Los Angeles (H)
1998 Boston (H) Shanghai (H)
1997 Memphis (IH) Indian Wells (H) Hong Kong (H) USCC-Orlando (CL) Washington (H)
1996 Indian Wells (H) Washington (H) Los Angeles (H)
1995 Hong Kong (H) Atlanta (CL) Tokyo Indoor (IC) Beijing (IC)
1994 Jakarta (H) Philadelphia (IC) Hong Kong (H) Atlanta (CL) Cincinnati (H) Beijing (IC)
1993 Jakarta (H) Osaka (H) Cincinnati (H) Kuala Lumpur 2 (H) Beijing (IC)
1992 San Francisco (IC) Indian Wells (H) Lipton-Key Biscayne (H)
1991 Birmingham (IC)
1990 Canadian Open (H)
1989 French Open (CL) Wembley (IC)
1988 San Francisco (IC)

Most Memorable matches that i saw of him the TV :

Us Open : 2003 Michael said goodbye
Lost against Fernand Gonzalez in fourth sets, he said goodbye fighting as usual.

French Open 2001
Lost against Andy Roddick in a marathon match 7-5 3-6 4-6 7-6(5) 5-7 , it was great match, Michael play good tennis in clay the crowed where crazy cheering up for Michael coz he fight till the end

Los Angeles 2000
He won his last title beating JM Gambill

Others:

**Roland Garros 1989 He said hello to the whole tennis world winning the French in a memorable match

**Australian Open 1995 ( lost with Sampras in SF in a great match)

**Roland Garros 1995 (beat Bruguera in SF and then lost with Muster in 3sets)

**Australian Open 1996 (beating Agassi in SF but lost with Becker in four, i thought that Michael could won that title after his great perfonce in QF and SF , what a shame really )

My favs.
.Agassi.Chang.Sampras.Ferreira.Kafelnikof.Bjorkman .Pioline.

.Kuerten.Federer.Gaudio.Coria.Santoro.Gasquet.Araz i.Qureshi.Bopanna.
Calleri.Pella.Collarini.Estrella.Zeballos.Safin.Lo pez.Rochus.Malisse


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Re: Michael Chang

Tony Trabert, Michael's predecessor at winning the French Open, met and admired Mr. Michael Chang's legs...'the symbol of heart'??...something like that..BEFORE Michael won the French.

Currently, Mike is studying at Biola, in Southern Calif.

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