(File pic) Christian Didier Chin is a rare breed among today's current crop of one-dimensional baseliners on the ITF junior tour. (NSTP/IMRAN MAKHZAN)

KUALA LUMPUR: Christian Didier Chin is a rare breed among today's current crop of one-dimensional baseliners on the ITF junior tour.

The 17-year-old has a classic all-court game which has more in common with Pete Sampras and Boris Becker than modern counterpunchers such as Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer.

Christian is still working on finding a good balance between net-rushing and biding his time from the back but nevertheless the results have been impressive so far.

The Sabah-born is now at a career high junior World No 45, and he recently became the first Malaysian in almost four decades to make it past the first round at the Australian Open Juniors.

"I feel I have settled on this style. I enjoy it and do not really follow what others do," said Christian.

"My game is quite unique and is really tough to master. It will take me three or four years to really grasp the play.

"The plan is to go into each match playing my best and trying new things. This is the only way I will gain experience and learn.

"Grass is my favourite surface, my serve is more effective and I can also come up to the net more.

"Clay is obviously slower but I have a lot of ideas on how to do well on clay, I just have to play the points right."

Christian said his packed schedule has taken its toll on him physically but he is optimistic strength training will help him cope on tour.

"I have had some shoulder problems recently but the doctors have said it is nothing serious, it is just from playing too many tournaments. I have been travelling constantly and my body could not take it.

"I just have to rest a bit, loosen up the muscle and then hit the gym to build muscle so I can handle it (touring strain) better."

Christian will be competing in two ITF grade one tournaments in Thailand and Sarawak this month as part of his preparation for the French Open Juniors in May.

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