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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 58-51, 15-27, 31-23, 30-24 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    32 % Bjorkman – 38 of 116
    24 % Chang – 35 of 143

    The opening rubber of the tie which was held in Göteborg (28-30 November). Arguably the biggest singles win in Bjorkman’s [4] career, accomplished after a 2-hour 55-minute duel. The Swede finished every set positively for himself with a streak of winning games (3, 5 & 4 respectively): he trailed *4:5 in the 1st set, *1:3 in the 3rd & *2:3 (30/40) in the 4th; there was an amazing 13-stroke rally as Chang had a game point to lead 4:2 in the 3rd set. About that point Bjorkman said: “That was a big turnaround. When I got the break back, I had to feel that I was in the match again… It’s incredible. It makes all the training worthwhile.” Swedes clinched the victory on Saturday as Bjorkman & Nicklas Kulti defeated Jonathan Stark & Todd Martin in doubles. It was the second Swedish win over the United States in the Davis Cup finals, the previous one occurred 13 years before. The 25-year-old Chang never played a match of this magnitude again (it was his second appearance in the Davis Cup final, following a much better one in 1990 when the USA defeated Australia).

    SWEDEN d. USA 5-0 in Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden: Hard (Indoor)
    Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) d. Michael Chang (USA) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Magnus Larsson (SWE) d. Pete Sampras (USA) 3-6, 7-6(1), 2-1 ret.
    Jonas Bjorkman / Nicklas Kulti (SWE) d. Todd Martin / Jonathan Stark (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) d. Jonathan Stark (USA) 6-1, 6-1
    Magnus Larsson (SWE) d. Michael Chang (USA) 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-4

    From left: Bjorkman, Tillstrom, Enqvist, Kulti, Larsson & Hageskog (captain)

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