Chang & Woodbridge manufactured astonishing frequency of mutual meetings given the gap between them in the broad tennis elite. They met as many as 17 times (Chang: 14-3). A part of that might have been correlated with their schedules to mainly play ATP tournaments in Asia & USA instead of tripping to Europe. Nevertheless they played against each other also in Antwerp & Stuttgart. The Kroger St. Jude ’97 (their match No. 13) it’s the only final between them. The birthday-boy Chang  already led *3:0 (30-all) in the 2nd set against the stylish Australian , who was in the best period of his career (between August ’96 & June ’97). The 25-year-old Chang finally triumphed in Memphis on his 10th attempt (made his second round debut in 1988) and after the final said “It’s one of my favorite tournaments”.
Chang’s route to his 27th title:
2 Patrick Rafter 6-2, 6-4
3 Kenneth Carlsen 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-0
Q Richey Reneberg 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0
S Todd Martin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
W Todd Woodbridge 6-3, 6-4
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