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Old 10-06-2002, 09:58 PM   #3
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Men's final
Paul-Henry Mathieu vs Sjeng Schalken
PAul- Henry had a not very good start, he got broken in the first game, probably because he was nervous and couldn't break back the whole set, Sjeng won it 6-4. He was playing to Paul-Henry's backhand a lot from which he made quite a few errors.
Paul-Henry started the second set as Sjeng started the first- he broke his opponents serve, he then ran to his chair with a Come On That was not the only break of serve in that set, MAthieu won it 6-2. By that time he was really pumped and very lucky, Sjeng didn't know what to do with him, he was running down almost everything. The backhand that didn't work switched on and he hit some unbelievable winners down the line. Sjeng tried going to the net but the passing shots were too good. The third set was like the ending of the second- absolutely no chance for Schalken- Paul- Henry's game was too powerful and everything (even most of the crowd)was on his side. He took it 6-0 quickly. He then ran to his coach who congratulated him

At the ceremony Sjeng congratulated Mathieu on a great win and said that he was just too good in the second and third sets. He added that next year hopefully he will go further.
Paul-Henry was speaking French. He said that he was really happy that his first tournament win happened in Moscow, he really liked it here and next year he will come back nad will try to defend his title. He also thanked his coach
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