singapore96stark_chang

singapore96stark_chang

Points won by each set: [ 32-26, 32-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
49 % Stark – 27 of 55
36 % Chang – 21 of 58

Arguably the biggest win in Stark’s career. In the mid 90s Stark [101] belonged to the best doubles players in the world, but when his first serve was in with a good percentage, he was a real threat for all the best singles players, on all surfaces other than clay. In the Singapore final Stark kept his first serve at 64% and Chang [2] couldn’t do too much – he had two break points in the 1st set, Stark saved them with a FH volley and an ace, and finished the 1-hour 12-minute final with three consecutive aces (Chang fired four aces in a row in the 1st game of the match!). They’ll meet on the same court in 1997 in the first round with Stark winning 7-6(1), 7-6(6) – in their second meeting in Singapore, Chang wasn’t able to create a break point opportunity (Stark at 61% of 1st serve in). The 25-year-old American fired 80 aces en route to his last singles title (16.0 average): 13, 19, 12, 21, 15 respectively.

Stark’s route to his 2nd title:
1 Jean-Philipp Fleurian 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2 Sjeng Schalken 7-6(8), 7-5
Q Martin Sinner 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
S Thomas Johansson 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
W Michael Chang 6-4, 6-4

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