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Better Clay courter, Ivo Karlovic or Boris Becker?

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A very simple question, who is the better clay courter: Ivo Karlovic or Boris Becker? Boris Becker never won a clay court title, where as Karlovic won at the US Clay Court championships in 2007, which was played on green clay (not to be confused with SW19 and other modern grass courts where Karlovic has also had success).
 

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dr. Ivo may be dangerous for Burger Becker even on grass, so of course he is at least slightly better on clay.
 

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Boris Becker had championship point in Monte Carlo 1995 against Muster, but double faulted. Becker's clay resume light years ahead, clearly.
Finals in Rome 1994 as well, beating Ivanisevic, a way better Karlovic, in semis
 

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Karlovic, he straight-setted Dimitrov at FO'14 with pure clay tennis, one of the best matches I saw in Paris.
Forgot that Dimitrov is a benchmark at RG after his uncountable first round exits
 
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A very simple question, who is the better clay courter: Ivo Karlovic or Boris Becker? Boris Becker never won a clay court title, where as Karlovic won at the US Clay Court championships in 2007, which was played on green clay (not to be confused with SW19 and other modern grass courts where Karlovic has also had success).
Clearly, this inferiority to the big Croat has been eating on Boris ever since Dr. Ivo's win 2007 in Houston. I bet Becker thought it was a genius move to start coaching Djokovic in 2013 - at a time when the h2h between Nole and Ivo was 1-1.

Surely he (Boris) would get his chance to compensate for his inferiority complex in relation to Dr. Ivo by getting the upper hand as a coach instead?

No surprise Becker retired when Karlovic again proved his superiority over the German, by beating his disciple in Doha 2015. Only an insignificant consolation prize for Becker, that Djokovic happened to complete the Nole slam, before Becker realized his sole purpose with coaching the Serb (getting back at Ivo) had been thwarted.:cool:
 

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Obviously this ain’t serious but Karlovic ain’t to be underestimated. Has beaten clay courters on clay like Robredo when Robredo was actually good.
 

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Is US clay even clay?
A clay that has his specificities .. even if in Houston, it's maroon clay, where we have Isner who beats Almagro in 2013...



On the 3 har-tru US Open "green clay" editions, both near and far from European ocher "red" clay.


-1975 Orantes beats Connors
-1976 Connors beats Borg
-1977 Vilas beats Connors.

In wta, Charleston is still played on har-tru.





Another clay, closer to ocher, yellow clay in Sevilla ATP Challenger, but painful for the eyes.



And then there is the magnificent blue clay :love::cool:

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Players who've done well at Houston include Roddick, Karlovic, Querrey, Isner, Johnson, Fish, Sock. Obviously home support helps but big servers seem to thrive on its current maroon Lee Fast-Dry Har-Tru surface. Karlovic did win it when it was the last year at a different Houston venue though in 2007, but he did win it the one year it was green clay (was RG red clay 2001-2006 I believe when Roddick and Fish won).
 

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Such a good match, that was back when people still believed Dimitrov was gonna be the next big thing
And some people still think that Burger Becker would stand a chance.
 
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Have people forgotten RG 89 ? Becker was really good that year : his heroic semifinal lost against Edberg was probably one of the reason why the former failed against Chang in final.
This match, even if lost, after an epic 1/8 won in 5 sets against Perez-Roldan is enough to make Boris Becker a better claycourter than Dr Ivo in my opinion.
 

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an epic 1/8 won in 5 sets against Perez-Roldan
Becker was great this year, he won Wimbledon and the US Open in stride.

Edberg also had a huge match against Mancini, winning in 3 sets against the Argentinian buffalo, big favorite of the edition after his double MC-Rome.

But unlike Becker, Edberg lost 2 slam finals in a row, this RG and Wimbledon.

A very eventful edition, the end of an era, with the erasure of Wilander and Lendl, an unexpected Chang teenager, a year of transition, and the next with the veteran Gomez.
 

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Boris Becker had championship point in Monte Carlo 1995 against Muster, but double faulted. Becker's clay resume light years ahead, clearly.

... Matchpoint(s) actually..... Led 6-4 in the 4th set tiebreak.... Boris went for all guts,all glory on one of them when he hit a 200km 2nd serve trying to kill the match right there but double faulted.He couldn't convert either on the subsequent point and was toast from then on.
 

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Have people forgotten RG 89 ? Becker was really good that year :
Becker was great this year, he won Wimbledon and the US Open in stride.

.... The amazing thing is that during that amazing year Becker suffered I think his worst career loss at Indian Wells when Jay 'I have the most ugliest serve ever' Berger trounced him 6-1,6-1.... I'd like to know he if was injured for that match as the scoreline is both puzzling to the extreme.
 
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