A semifinal between two players using the same model of Fischer racket at the time. Prpic  was in a form of his life reaching three consecutive semifinals of Masters 1K events (Mercedes Super 9 then). In Monte Carlo & Rome he was quickly defeated, but in Hamburg optically he was a better player overall. He began the deciding set holding thrice at love. He was serving at 4:3 (deuce), had two mini-match points at 5-all. Before the deciding tie-break he had won as many as seven points more in that set, but Gustafsson’s  furious forehand made the difference in the end. The Swede took the tie-break 7/4 winning the best point to lead 6:3* (there was 4:1 & 4:3). A few weeks later they play another important match on clay, in the World Team Cup final, and Gustafsson deals better again with a tight decider, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 which gives Sweden the title.
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