Latest results and news about the Swedes!!
**Note: This page is not always updated as I only update if I have the time. Sorry!**
December 6, 1998
Sweden wins the 1998 Davis Cup title!!
Magnus Norman, Sweden, def. Andrea Gaudenzi, Italy, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, 6-3, 6-6, retired
Magnus Gustafsson, Sweden, def. Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
Jonas Bjorkman and Nicklas Kulti, Sweden, def. Davide Sanguinetti and Diego Nargiso, Italy, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 6-3
Magnus Gustafsson, Sweden, def. Gianluca Pozzi, Italy, 6-4, 6-2
Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, def. Magnus Norman, Sweden, 6-2, 6-3
November 15, 1998
Unfortunately for the Swedish fans, Thomas Johansoon lost to Todd Martin, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6 in the recently concluded Stockholm Open. Damn, it's been a tradition that the Swedes won in their home turf. Oh well, at least Mikael Tillstrom and Niklaus Kulti won the doubles by defeating Chris Haggard and Peter Nyborg (also a Swede) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
October 22, 1998
After winning their first round matches in the Czech Indoor, 7th seed Thomas Enqvist, 8th seed Thomas Johansson and Nicklas Kulti (Mikael Tillstrom crashed out in the 1st round) continued their winning streak by winning their second round matches: Thomas Johansson Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-5; Thomas Enquist beat another Czech player, Bohdan Ulihrach, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4 and Nicklas Kulti defeated Russian teenage star, Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1). In doubles action, Nicklas Kulti and David Macpherson of Australia, cruised passed Aleksander Kitinov of Macedonia and Paul Rosner of South Africa, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Czech Indoor while the Swedish duo of Thomas Johansson and Mikael Tillstrom beat Donald Johnson and Francisco Montana, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
October 13, 1998
The 1998 Davis Cup Finals will be played in Rome where it's going to be an indoor court with a slow surface. Hmm... I guess Bjorkman's out of the singles! Let's wait and see!! In other news: First round results of the CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna, Austria: Returning from a sprained ankle, Thomas Enqvist defeated Wolfgang Schranz of Austria, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Magnus Norman beat Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-4 and Jonas Bjorkman defeated David Prinosil of Germany, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).
October 11, 1998
6th seed Tim Henman of Britain defeated Thomas Johansson 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors tournament in Switzerland. He will face Andre Agassi of the US in the finals who beat three Swiss players on his way to the finals. Agassi also beat Magnus Gustafsson in the quarterfinals.
October 3, 1998
Toulouse Open, France: All top four seeds went through to the semfinals. 3rd seed Thomas Johansson beat Stephane Huet, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
October 2, 1998
Jonas Bjorkman lost to Mark Philippoussis, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 1-6 in the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam Cup after winning his opening match over British superstar, Tim Henman. Also, 3rd seed Thomas Johansson def. Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Toulouse Open (indoor tournament) in France. In doubles action, Jeff Tarango and Daniel Vacek def. Nicklas Kulti and Peter Nyborg, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5).
October 1, 1998
6th seed Magnus Gustafsson lost in the first round of the Mallorca Open in Spain to Tomas Carbonell, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6.
September 30, 1998
Jonas Bjorkman won his opening match in the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany by beating Tim Henman, 7-5, 6-4. Bjorkman rallied from 1-5 to win the first set. In other tournaments, Magnus Larsson lost in the first round of the Toulouse Open to Stephane Huet of France, 5-7, 5-7.
September 28, 1998
Jonas Bjorkman stated that he might not play in the singles of the 1998 Davis Cup final if the Italians choose a clay surface. The finals is set to be played in Italy. Bjorkman's clay court game is his weakest and may just end up playing in doubles competition. The 3 Magnuses (Norman, Gustafsson and Larsson) are Sweden's strongest players in clay. Whoever plays, let's give all our support to the mighty Vikings!!!
September 27, 1998
Sweden made it through to the finals of the 1998 Davis Cup by beating Spain, 4-1. The mighty Swedes are going to take on Italy which made a huge upset against the young and inexperienced Americans.
Jonas Bjorkman def. Alex Corretja: 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
Thomas Johansson def. Carlos Moya: 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6)
Jonas Bjorkman/Nicklas Kulti def. Javier Sanchez/Julian Alonso: 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Jonas Bjorkman def. Carlos Moya: 6-3, 7-5
Julian Alonso def. Thomas Johansson: 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
September 25, 1998
It's Sweden vs. Spain in the Davis Cup semifinals. The game is to be played in Stockholm in an indoor court with a carpeted surface. This would definitely be in the favor of the Swedes but let's not get to confident as the Spaniards is proving to be getting better in playing in other surfaces as Carlos Moya has proven by reaching the semifinals of the 1998 US Open and Alex Corretja who reached the 4th round of the same tournament. Go Swedes!!!
September 24, 1998
The US Open has just ended and as we all know, 3 Swedes went into the quarterfinals but all of them were knocked out at the same time. Jonas Bjorkman (he felt cold that time) was defeated by fellow doubles partner and eventual champion, Pat Rafter; Thomas Johansson (his ranking went to 21) eventually lost to finalist Mark Philippoussis in a five-set thriller and Magnus Larsson was defeated by Carlos Moya (in my opinion, his play was affected by the windy conditions). The other Swedes who played in the open were Mikael Tillstrom (lost to Sampras in the 2nd round), Magnus Gustafsson (lost in the 1st round) and Magnus Norman (lost in the 2nd or 3rd round, couldn't remember). Thomas Enqvist didn't play due to an ankle injury.