Martin, Enqvist Advance To Final
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Todd Martin advanced to his first final since January when his Swedish opponent, Mangus Norman, quit because of an ankle injury Saturday in the Stockholm Open.
In the other semifinal, Thomas Enqvist stopped wild-card entry Thomas Johansson’s run.
Enquist, the defending champion and winner of the Paris Open last week, won the all-Swedish semifinal 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Martin, seeded second ahead of Enqvist, was leading 6-3, 3-0 when Norman conceded the match. Norman, another wild-card entry, twisted his right ankle during Friday’s quarterfinals against American Vince Spadea.
Martin sympathized with Norman.
``It was a tough match for the first six games or so. I’m sure it’s disappointing for him after playing so well all week,″ the American said.
He also teammed with Chris Woodruff to defeat Gary Muller and Marcos Ondruska of South Africa 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the doubles semifinals.
``It’s the first time I’ve made both the singles and doubles finals. It’s nice to be playing good tennis so late in the season,″ said Martin, who won the Sydney outdoor tournament in January for his only ATP singles title this year.
Eleven Stockholm Open finals were won by American players since 1969, but the last came in 1985 when John McEnroe won a record fourth title in the Swedish capital.
Enqvist had not lost a set in his last eight matches on the ATP Tour and he appeared to be on his way to another straight-set win as he won the first set against Johansson. But Johansson, who came from 2-5 in the third set to edge Briton Greg Rusedski in the quarterfinals, took the second set and broke Enqvist to lead 3-2 in the decider.
Enqvist finally tied the set 3-3 on his sixth break point when Johansson’s forehand sailed long. Johansson dropped his serve again to fall behind 5-3 and Enqvist then held his serve to win the match.