Intriguing final, only their second meeting, first in three years. Muster  had tremendous support of the local crowd and he was serving better than ever, but Ivanisevic  was playing more efficiently at the net than usually (he missed two super easy FH volley nevertheless). Very little to separate them, and the final outcome was decided by a period after the first hour of play when the Austrian led 4:3* – he lost then five straight games quickly (won 7 points losing 20… the Croat hit his first ground-stroke winner at 4-all 0/30 in the 2nd set).
Ivanisevic’s route to his 8th title:
1 Andrea Gaudenzi 6-1, 6-3
2 Thomas Buchmayer 6-3, 6-4
Q Byron Black 6-2, 6-1
S Petr Korda 6-4, 6-2
W Thomas Muster 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3)
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