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Martin Wins Stockholm Tennis Open

November 15, 1998

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ 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.

Martin had lost the title match two years ago to another Swede, Thomas Enqvist. He became the first American winner of this indoor tournaments 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 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.

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