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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 February, 2004, 21:28 GMT
Johansson secures shock win
Joachim Johansson
Johansson broke his ATP duck
Joachim Johansson claimed his first ATP Tour title, with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory over Nicolas Kiefer in the St Jude Classic final in Memphis.

Johansson had won their only previous meeting, in San Jose last week, and took just 96 minutes to prevail.

The 21-year-old Swede fired eight aces as he denied German Kiefer his first title since Hong Kong in 2000.

Kiefer had one break point in the first set but once that had been saved Johansson's win never looked in doubt.

The 21-year-old Johansson joins Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson on the champions' roll of honour.

"It feels great," he said. "There have been three other Swedish players to win this title and now I'm the fourth.

"I haven't seen that much of Memphis but it's always going to be very close to my heart for the rest of my life.

"I always wanted to win an ATP tournament. It was a great crowd out there so it's going to be very special for me.

"I'd won a few challengers and I was playing well at the end of last year so I was hoping I could keep that form up and keep playing like that this year and that's what happened. But I didn't expect to win my first title so soon."


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