That 2-hour encounter meant arguably the biggest upset at majors of 1996. Muster was a contender to take the No. 1 spot during the tournament while the 23-year-old Tillstrom  lost in the first round of qualies to Doha a few weeks earlier (6-7, 3-6 to Daniel Nestor), participating in his only third Grand Slam event (the first in Australia). The Swede, aware of Muster’s slight right-ankle injury, implemented a great tactic harassing Muster with constant backhand dropshots – it paid dividends at the end – Muster led 2:1* in the 4th set, but lost five games in a row. In terms of sets, the 28-year-old Austrian suffered similar defeat at Flinders Park a year before.
Despite little experience, Tillstrom wasn’t totally anonymous then. He’d reached the US Open junior final in 1990 & enjoyed a great ATP debut in 1992 (Monte Carlo, 3R lost to… Muster), but injuries sidelined him twice: for five months in 1993 (foot) and two months in 1995 (knee) – between the injuries he reached the fourth round at the French Open ’94 before losing after an equal four set match to Pete Sampras.
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