Despite lower ranking [60 vs. 24], Larsson was a favorite before the contest because he had defeated Becker in the fourth round while the veteran Masur miraculously escaped from a defeat to fellow Aussie, journeyman Morgan. Larsson had won their previous match easily, but Masur applied perfect tactics in their quarterfinal – he was very consistent in playing his balls to Larsson’s much weaker backhand side. The Swede waited 1 hour 20 minutes (the match lasted 1:56h) for his first BP, but lost that game (at 1-all in the 3rd set) after five deuces anyway. On the first match point he committed a double fault with conservative second serve.
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