The opening three games of the final were very promising: Draper  hit eight winners & led 2:1… from that moment Agassi  was in the zone though, and notched an 11-game winning streak being taken to ‘deuce’ only once. Despite the humiliating outcome, the 24-year-old Draper certainly enjoyed the best period of his career at the time, earlier in that year he triumphed at Queens Club as a player outside the Top 100. Between June & August ’98, he won 17 matches having defeated such notable players like: Rafter, Pioline, Courier & Corretja. Meanwhile for Agassi it was a huge boost of self-confidence on his way to become a great champion again, after an awful 1997 season.
Agassi’s route to his 37th title (the record fourth in Washington):
2 David Wheaton 6-4, 6-2
3 Christophe van Garsse 6-3, 6-4
Q Sebastien Lareau 6-1, 6-2
S Wayne Ferreira 6-1, 6-0
W Scott Draper 6-2, 6-0
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