Untypical clay-court final: great doubles player (Woodbridge) faced a serve-and-volley guy, who already was known as the fastest server in men’s tennis then (Rusedski). On that day (May 21), Rusedski played on antibiotics (sore throat), he was profoundly sweating & the serve deserted him, which helped Woodbridge to claim his maiden title in his 5th final appearance. “It’s satisfying and relieving,” said Woodbridge, “I’ve felt I played well enough a lot of times to win tournaments and haven’t, or let things slip a little. It’s taken time for me to become a better player.” The 21-year-old Rusedski stated: “I was really, really tired. I was feeling very weak. It was a little bit of dehydration, a little bit of everything. It was just a matter of time before it all caught up with me.” On the following day he changed his nationality from Canadian to British…
Woodbridge’s route to his maiden title (125th main-level event):
1 Guillaume Raoux 6-4, 6-1
2 Jonathan Stark 6-3, 6-3
Q Thomas Enqvist 4-3 ret.
S Mark Woodforde 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
W Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-2
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