Thomas Johansson was a dominant Tempo player. Playing close to the baseline and generating pace on both sides, his backhand was his best shot. Like most of the Tempo players, his return of serve was also as good as aggressive.
Tempo / High
When he had a chance, Thomas Johansson often followed his forehand or backhand to the net. The serve & volley was also played from time to time. Generally, he got excellent results when coming in.
Offensive / Medium-high
Winning only 34% of his points by the errors of his rivals, Thomas Johansson wasn't Retriever. He had too many weapons to count on his opponents' errors to win a match.
Retriever / Very low
Thomas Johansson went big on his first serve and got a high ratio of unreturned, especially T on deuce court. He could really count on this shot to get free points in a match.
Serve / High
Thomas Johansson can't be regarded as a Puncher because the ratio of points won with his forehand was below the average of the ATP players. He was much more a Tempo player taking the ball on the rise than a topspin Puncher.
Marat Safin was regarded as one of the most powerful player on tour but on that day the Outsider Thomas Johansson out-powered him. The Swede surprised everyone by being more aggressive than the Russian with almost every possible shot except the serve.
7 vs 3 Johansson for the number of points won with the return.
11 vs 9 Johansson for the number of points won with the forehand.
26 vs 17 Johansson for the number of points won with the backhand.
12 vs 5 Johansson for the number of points won with the volley.
Marat Safin didn't give away this match, it was much more Thomas Johansson taking his chance for the biggest match of his career! Congrats!!
2002 Australian Open Final against Marat Safin
Thomas Johansson defeated Marat Safin in four sets 3-6 6-4 6-4 7-6 to claim his first Grand Slam. In total he won 135 points in this match and his rival 120 points.