Boris Becker advanced to the third clay-court final of his career Saturday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Yugoslavia's Goran Prpic at the Monte Carlo Open.
Becker has won five Grand Slam titles on fast surfaces--three on grass at Wimbledon plus hard-court titles at the U.S. and Australian Opens. But the German has never won a tournament on clay, a slower surface that rewards patience and touch more than power.
At Monte Carlo, however, Becker has shown great improvement in his clay-court game. Against Prpic and in his previous victory over defending champion Andrei Chesnokov, Becker drew his opponents to the net with short shots and then passed them with clean winners.
"I know what I have to do know on clay," Becker said. "It's one thing to know what to do and another to do it on the court. I am doing it now."