The 26-year-old Gustafsson began his first (out of five) encounter against Sampras in nightmarish style, like a young player ranked No. 919 not No. 19 he was at the time. There was 5:0 after 13 minutes! The Swede began the sixth game with a double fault, but from that moment he was able to play at his normal level. One break in the 5th game of the 2nd set sealed the deal, but in game no. 8, Gustafsson had two break points and the ball in play on both occasions which was a rarity in that final completely dominated by Sampras’ immaculate service performance (in the 1st set he dropped just one point on serve committing a double fault; in his first service game of the following set he fired four aces in a row). “It’s been an unbelievable year” Sampras  said, securing No. 1 in the end of the year with this title. “My tennis has gotten better and better and I’ve won the two biggest Grand Slams. Throughout the match I felt I was pretty much in control. I never really allowed him to get into his rhythm”.
Sampras’ route to his 21st title:
1 David Wheaton 6-3, 6-2
2 Javier Sanchez 6-4, 7-5
Q Nicklas Kulti 7-6(6), 6-3
S Cedric Pioline 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
W Magnus Gustafsson 6-1, 6-4
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