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Martin Captures Stockholm Title


Todd Martin capitalized on Thomas Johansson's sloppy serving and beat the Swede 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Stockholm Open Sunday.

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had lost the title match two years ago to another Swede, Thomas Enqvist. He became the first American winner of this indoor tournament since John McEnroe in 1984 and 1985.

"I was very confident before the final, because I've played very well in the past few weeks," said Martin, who beat world No. 3 Patrick Rafter and No. 5 Andre Agassi en route to the semifinals in the Paris Open a week ago. "Neither of us played our best tennis, but I was fortunate to start each set well."

Johansson, the highest-ranked Swede in the world at No. 18, played his worst match of the tournament.

"It was a pity that I couldn't play better in the final," he said.

For Martin, it was his second ATP title this year. He also won a tournament on clay in Barcelona in April. Martin, unseeded and ranked 21st in the world, earned $112,000 for his seventh career title.

Johansson became a hero two months ago when he clinched a final berth in the Davis Cup for Sweden. But Johansson -- who has one of the hardest serves in the game -- just couldn't get his usual strong serves going against Martin.

Martin didn't serve well either in the first set, which featured five service breaks, including four in a row. But Johansson only managed to hold his serve once in the first set.

"It was a very strange match," Martin said. "I started off very well and Thomas started off very poorly. He was nervous. And the fact that he was a little nervous made me a little nervous. That's not the type of tennis you'd expect us to play, especially on this (fast) court.

"I was fortunate to start every set early with the break."

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