Tennis: Petchey puts out careless Chang
Thursday 04 August 1994
Petchey, ranked No 89 in the world, took advantage of an error-prone display by the 1989 French Open champion to win 7-5, 6-2 in 72 minutes.
This latest victory is another indication that Petchey, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Monday, is capable of making real progress. Earlier in the year in South Africa he beat the former Wimbledon champion and world No 2, Michael Stich, and also pushed Andre Agassi to three sets in Key Biscayne.
'Once I got up a break in the first set, my confidence went up,' Petchey said. 'I was fresh today. I played pretty much as well as I could play. When I was up 3-0, I knew I had it. He obviously didn't play his best match, but I had to stay with him. He's capable of coming back.'
Chang, the runner-up here last year and No 6 in the world, struggled with his serve and his normally reliable passing shots, while Petchey added to his discomfort by dominating at the net.
'It's tough when you're not able to do what you want to do,' Chang said. 'Some of the shots I was hitting were missing by five feet. That's frustrating when you're playing a guy who's coming into the net and you only have the smallest margin for passing shots.' Petchey now faces the Australian, Mark Woodforde, in the second round.
In other first-round matches, Germany's Boris Becker, seeded No 2, beat Grant Stafford, of South Africa, 7-5, 6-3, while another American, Andre Agassi, fresh from his victory at the Canadian Open, overpowered Sweden's Nicklas Kulti 6-2, 6-1.
'Brad (Gilbert) has been helping more with strategy, the mental part,' Agassi said. 'It's giving me more consistency. But I still play my game, and it's nice to be on your game.'
Latest in Sport
Arsenal have no plans to stock Petr Cech inspired caps in club shops - yet
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea: Former Manchester United striker 'signs contract' to join Blues and is told to meet up with squad on pre-season tour
Copa America 2015: When does it start, what channel is it on and who should I support?
England vs Japan Women's World Cup match preview: Lionesses get to grips with the publicity – and opponents
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...