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30 August 2013

Davis Cup Idols: Thomas Muster

Davis Cup Idols

In the latest installment of our Davis Cup Idols video series we take a trip down memory lane with Austria's Thomas Muster.

The hard-hitting, no-nonsense former world No. 1 was a force to be reckoned with on home soil and actually won every singles rubber he contested in Austria until he was defeated in his last singles match by Goran Ivanisevic in a five-set thriller.

Muster singled out the "fascinating nature of the competition", which sees home teams gain an advantage by being able to choose a surface to their liking, and credits that as the reason Austria lost to Great Britain in 1991.

Despite having an impeccable Davis Cup record, Muster could never lead Austria to the final owing to the fact that his nation lacked strength in depth. 

"You win and lose together," explained Muster. "That's what makes it so special. It's always very emotional from the public point of view and the players' point of view."

The Austrian remembers most fondly his victories over Andre Agassi in the 1990 semifinal in Vienna and in the fourth rubber against Michael Stich in Graz in 1994 - a rubber that ended 12-10 in the fifth set. 

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