September 26, 1990 |
Top-seeded Emilio Sanchez was eliminated in the first round of the Sicilian Open today, 7-6, 6-4 by Tarik Benhabiles in Palermo, Sicily. Fourth-seeded Horst Skoff was another upset victim, losing 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 to Francisco Clavet. Sanchez and Skoff were coming off weekend Davis Cup matches and said they felt unprepared physically and mentally. Both said they were bothered by the strong wind and the heat, which reached 104.
September 21, 1990 |
For the Americans, who have momentarily quit feuding and having their feelings hurt, the Davis Cup match that begins today at a converted soccer stadium on the banks of the Danube is a chance to reach the finals for the first time in six years. For the Austrians, who have temporarily stopped calling each other names, the best-of-five competition is something like a Holy Day of National Recognition, the biggest sports event in years that is not performed on skis.
September 15, 1990 |
Unlike top-seeded Henri Leconte, second-seeded Horst Skoff staved off defeat Friday, but Skoff had more on his mind than tennis at the Geneva Open in Switzerland. Just before his match, Skoff was unpacking his bags from a car when, he said, the chauffeur backed the car into his left knee. Skoff appeared OK, but, for him, the scene was all too reminiscent of an accident that threatened the career of his Austrian Davis Cup teammate, Thomas Muster.
May 16, 1989 |
Ivan Lendl won his 78th Grand Prix title Monday when he beat Horst Skoff of Austria, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, in the rain-delayed final of the German Open at Hamburg, West Germany. Lendl struggled in the opening set as Skoff, ranked 31st in the world, used his sharp, hard-hitting baseline play to move Lendl around the court and often catch him out of position. "I should have won the first set, but unfortunately I was very tired," Skoff said. "If you don't put pressure on Lendl he will kill you."
April 29, 1989 |
Mats Wilander of Sweden and Boris Becker of West Germany, the top two seeded players, continued on a collision course Friday as they won their quarterfinal matches at the $607,500 Monte Carlo Open. Wilander topped Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), and Becker beat Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina, 6-3, 6-3. In another quarterfinal, Horst Skoff of Austria, seeded 13th, gained a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Jan Gunnarsson of Sweden. Skoff also made the semifinals at Monte Carlo two years ago. Also, Alberto Mancini of Argentina downed Carl-Uwe Steeb of West Germany, 6-3, 6-3. The tournament, the first major clay-court event of the season, offers a $122,900 top prize.
April 9, 1989 |
Czechoslovakia took a 2-1 lead over defending champion West Germany in their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal by winning the doubles match in five sets Saturday at Prague, Czechoslovakia. Milan Srejber and Petr Korda beat Boris Becker and Eric Jelen, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, in 3 hours 47 minutes to put Czechoslovakia one victory away from the semifinals. In today's deciding singles, Srejber takes on Becker while Carl-Uwe Steeb plays Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia.