"This is a different emotion from [winning] Wimbledon [this year]," said Pugh. "It's not that we beat just two people but 15,000. We took something out of Thomas, but more important we kept him from getting on a super high for tomorrow."
Wrong. Muster arrived in Vienna with a 23-0 record on clay in Davis Cup competition, and he wasn't about to let style prevail over his considerable emotional substance. Screaming, stoking, feeding off Agassi's pace as well as the roaring arias from the crowd, Muster annihilated Agassi 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.
"I know what to do against Andre," Muster said afterward. "I wanted him the first day."
Agassi, who appeared equally as out of rhythm losing to Muster as he had in dropping the French final to Andres Gomez and the U.S. final to Sampras, acknowledged that "it's just nerves. I never promised anybody I'd win."
Right. Just that he would look cool. But Agassi said he had given Chang some encouragement to combat "all the noise out there." Paraphrasing that famous old tennis guru, Rod McKuen, he told his teammate to "just listen to the beat of your heart."
Meanwhile Muster revealed that he hadn't seen or talked to Skoff since the matches began. "I got my two points. It's up to Horst now," said Muster.
At least Skoff seemed pumped up enough on Sunday as his bellowing grunts—he's a regular basso profundo Monica Seles—and huge forehand echoed through the vast stadium, relegating Chang to observer status. However, as they played into the gloaming, Chang, backboarding everything, broke serve early in the third set and held on until dark.
When play resumed on Monday, the rain had left the court sluggish, the conditions heavy, and the sting of Skoff's forehand was a memory—that is, when he got to use it. In the last two sets Chang kept the ball on Scoff's vulnerable backhand wing, especially when serving those wacky kickers, which Skoff often failed to put into play.
Feeling the onset of cramps halfway through the fifth set, Chang went to one of the tricks he had used to upset Ivan Lendl on the way to his French Open title, namely, sneaking up to receive serve just behind the service box.
"Obviously, he tried some new things. He makes you think a bit," said Skoff. Chang also kept breaking serve—Skoff won only three of his 10 service games on Monday—until his opponent succumbed.