Another early round loss in Hamburg

May 11, 2004: Match reports from Hamburg say that Mark started off the match playing strongly and the first set was close. However as Johansson started finding his serve and putting more pressure on, Mark started to show some frustration and clearly went for too much on some points. In the second set Mark’s fitness also started to show and he slowed down a bit which was all Johansson needed to take the win. Several articles and match photos added. In Davis Cup news, the Royal Kings Park in Perth was chosen as the venue and the surface will be grass for the September tie against Morocco.

May 10, 2004: Germany was no luckier for Mark than Italy, as he suffered his eighth straight singles loss to J. Johansson 6-7 (5-7), 1-6. We’re ahead of the news cycle so there’s been no word on exactly what happened between the first and second sets to cause such different scores. The Articles pages have been modified to the new layout system and now match the Photos section.

May 9, 2004: The draw is out for the Hamburg TMS starting tomorrow. Mark will play Johansson of Sweden in the first round. The two players have never met before and they have the last match scheduled for Centre Court tomorrow. Mark is not playing doubles this week. New to the Articles section is a Dunlop promotional interview with Mark from 1997. Interesting to note that he speaks about needing to approach matches with a game plan and not just hope to overpower his opponent – something he’s clearly still trying to master 7 years later.

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