Thomas in the Davis Cup

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Thomas made his debut against the United States in the 1995 semifinals, losing to both Pete Sampras and Todd Martin. Although he made a slow start in Davis Cup, losing three of his first four matches, Thomas Enqvist has begun to establish himself as a fitting successor to the long line of first class Davis Cup competitors from Sweden.
In 1996, Enqvist played well against India in the quarterfinals but it was in the semifinals against Czech Republic that the Swedish No. 1 really made his mark. In the opening singles against Petr Korda, Enqvist was dominant, frustrating the talented Czech to give Sweden a 1-0 lead. In the fourth match against the big serving Daniel Vacek, Enqvist played nervously early in the match, struggling with his serve and his return of serve but pulled himself together and won both the match and the decisive point in five gruelling sets.
Then in the final Enqvist built on that maturity by beating first Arnaud Boetsch in straight sets on the opening day and then taking a dramatic five-set fourth rubber over Cedric Pioline to set up the even more dramatic fifth rubber in one of the most exciting Davis Cup finals ever.

In year 1997 he has added another three wins to his Davis Cup record, beating Lorenzo Manta and then Marc Rosset to seal victory over Switzerland in the First Round, and then beating Grant Stafford as part of Sweden's narrow 3-2 win over South Africa in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, Thomas suffered two consecutive setback: the first against a ruthless Wayne Ferreira. The second defeat was versus Renzo Furlan in the semi final against Italy. Finally, Thomas won a non decisive match versus Omar Camporese. Swede is another time in final. Thomas will surely play with Jonas Bjorkman...

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