Philippoussis  spoiled Chang’s 26th birthday capturing the St. Jude title with his sheer power (the Australian manufacture plenty of firm winners in the 1-hour 20-minute encounter). Philippoussis had only one difficult service game – as he led 2:0 in the 1st set he held after four deuces, saving four break points. It were the last days for the Chinese-American  with a Top 10 player status (he’ll finish the 1998 season ranked No. 29). Chang, who was a defending champion in Memphis, lost to Philippoussis for the first time in five meetings then.
Philippoussis’ route to his 5th title:
2 Wayne Black 6-1, 6-2
3 Sjeng Schalken 6-4, 6-4
Q Thomas Enqvist 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)
S Marcelo Rios 6-4, 7-6(5)
W Michael Chang 6-3, 6-2
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