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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    26 % Rios – 21 of 80
    19 % Escude – 16 of 83

    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 [81] 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.

    • MultiStar83 says:
      I remember very well Nicolas Escude’s run at the 1998 Australian Open. But to be honest: he should have lost against Nicolas Kiefer in the quarterfinals! Kiefer led by 2 sets to love and had break points in the 3rd set, but he could not convert. Escude somehow managed to win the 3rd set, then there was a short rain delay and they had to close the roof. After that Kiefer more or less “tanked” the match, meaning that he almost did not manage to hit a single shot inside the court! It was really kind of embarrassing and ridiculous at the same time. Match was also a rather quick affair: less than two-and-a-half-hours I believe. Also his longest five-set match against Magnus Larsson in the first round (10:8 in the 5th) look “only” just under 3 hours 30 minutes. So even if he played a lot of sets, the time he spent on court was not very spectacular compared for instance with Michael Chang’s 21-and-a-half-hours on court at the 1989 French Open.

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