Tennis: Becker and Edberg fall by wayside

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STEFAN EDBERG and Boris Becker, two former world No 1 players, were both beaten in the second round of German Open in Hamburg yesterday, leaving the field wide open for Michael Stich, the top seed.

Becker, without a tournament win on clay in his illustrious career, was frustrated again in a 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 defeat by Spain's Alex Corretja, ranked No 44 in the world.

Edberg, who like Becker has won every Grand Slam except the French Open, slipped to a 6-4, 7-5 defeat by Jaime Yzaga, his second defeat by the Peruvian within a week following last week's Madrid Open.

With the third seed, Goran Ivanisevic, also going out 7-6, 6-0 to the Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Stich has a superb chance of retaining the trophy.

He won twice yesterday, battling back from one set down to finish off his rain-delayed second-round match against Spain's Emilio Sanchez 6-7,

6-3, 6-4. A few hours later he beat the Russian Andrei Chesnokov 6-0, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.