It was quite surprising that Stoltenberg , who had a 1-5 record in his last events of the season, played on day 1 instead of two highest ranked Australians, Masur  and Woodforde  – they both were poor clay-courters though. Earlier that year Stich  & Stoltenberg faced each other for the first time (Australian Open) and Stich won in five sets; it could make an impact on the decision of the Australian veteran captain Neale Fraser to designate Stoltenberg, also the fact he’d helped in the semifinal vs India. Actually it was almost a very good choice because Stoltenberg led 2:0* in the 5th set. Even though the German wasn’t a five-set specialist, Stoltenberg left the court as a five-set victim again, winning just 2 of the final 14 points. On Sunday, Stich won much easier facing Fromberg, whom had defeated in their all three previous meetings, including two on clay.
GERMANY d. AUSTRALIA 4-1 in Exhibition Hall, Düßeldorf, Germany: Clay (Indoor)
Michael Stich (GER) d. Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Richard Fromberg (AUS) d. Marc K. Goellner (GER) 3-6, 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-2, 9-7 – 5 m.p. [3, 2]
Patrik Kuhnen / Michael Stich (GER) d. Tood Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde (AUS) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
Michael Stich (GER) d. Richard Fromberg (AUS) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Marc K. Goellner (GER) d. Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) 6-1, 6-7(2), 7-6(3)
* Stich and Kuhnen weren’t regular doubles partners, that year they played four rubbers together though, winning them all
“stolt” and “from” mean ‘proud’ and ‘pious’ in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian while “berg” means ‘mountain’ in Old Norse, a predecessor of these 3 languages
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