Thanks to that win, Rios reached his only Grand Slam final and up to this day he remains the only former slam-less No. 1 in the world (reached that position two months afterwards). Escude  was spent after demanding route to the semifinal – became the first Open Era man to win three matches in a major trailing 0-2 in sets (Magnus Larsson, Richey Reneberg, Nicolas Kiefer). Something similar to Escude at Melbourne Park experienced other Nicolases: Lapentti the following year and Kiefer in 2006.
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