The biggest success in career of the 25-year-old Rusedski. He won just 1 out of 10 meetings vs. Sampras, so he was lucky that the only win came in the second most important final of his life. Perhaps it was Rusedski’s best match, his generally weak backhand was working very well on that day, but Sampras’ back problems took part in the surprising scoreline (the American led 5:2* in the 2nd set and 30/15 at 6:5): “He’s been hot all week and has pretty much kicked everybody’s butt,” Sampras said. “My hat is off to him.”
Rusedski’s route to his 7th title:
2 Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-4
3 Jason Stoltenberg 7-6(6), 6-4
Q Magnus Gustafsson 6-3, 6-2
S Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
W Pete Sampras 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3
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