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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chang Vows: Won't Get Fooled Again

PHILADELPHIA -- Thomas Enqvist discovered one of the more bizarre ways to beat one of the world's best players.


Drop the first set in six straight games, then win the next two sets while shutting out the opposition in the last.


"I'll have to remember his strategy the next time I play him,'' Michael Chang, the defending champion, said Sunday after losing 6-0, 5-7, 0-6 in the finals of the U.S. Indoor.


Enqvist earned his fourth tournament title and $110,000. He knocked off No. 2 Andre Agassi in a three-set semifinal to win his first career match against a top-10 player. He celebrated Agassi's first loss of 1995 by hitting a ball into the rafters.


"I didn't expect to win the tournament,'' Enqvist said.


Especially after Chang won the opening set in 23 minutes. Until Enqvist held to open the second set, Chang had taken 23 of 26 games since trailing 5-3 in the second set against Jonathan Stark in the quarterfinals. The game proved pivotal.


Chang had three break points. Enqvist responded with three straight aces to hold serve 1-0. He then broke Chang twice and took a 5-0 lead. But Chang responded with two breaks of his own only to drop serve in the 12th game and lose the set.


The quietly confident Enqvist has now won two tournaments this year and 16 of 18 matches. His only losses are to top-ranked Pete Sampras at Memphis, Tenn., and to Jim Courier at the Australian Hardcourts. Enqvist triumphed at the New Zealand Open last month.


He is coming off a year in which he underwent surgery on both knees and missed 18 weeks on the tour.


Eurocard Open. Richard Krajicek squandered a two-set lead and three match points before upsetting Michael Stich in five sets to win the Eurocard Open on Sunday.


Just when it began to look like Stich would end up stealing the victory, Krajicek pulled his game together again and won 7-6, (7-4), 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 1-6, 6-3 in three hours. Stich was having problems getting his powerful first serve in during the first set and served two straight double-faults in a row in the tiebreak to help Krajicek win five points in a row and take the set.


Krajicek broke early again in the second set to take a 2-0 lead and he held to go two sets up.


There were no breaks in the third set and Krajicek held three match points in the tiebreak. Stich saved them with two tremendous returns and an ace and went on to hold a set point. He won it when Krajicek double-faulted.


This completely unsettled Krajicek, who failed to hold his serve in the fourth set. There was a brief moment of hope for Krajicek when he broke Stich in the fourth game, but he then dropped his own serve at love and the German sailed through the set to level the score.


Stich, who trounced top-seeded Boris Becker 6-0, 6-3 in Saturday's semifinals, was unable to hold his momentum. The match was decided in the seventh game of the final set. Stich saved three break points and wasted three game points before finally surrendering his serve. Krajicek, up one break, served to love in the next game and broke the German again, converting his fourth match point with a powerful forehand return down the line.