Rafter led 6:5* (30/0) in the 3rd set, Korda served 3 aces in the ensuing tie-break. In the 4th set Korda had two break points leading 3:2 (six deuces), one break point at 4:3 and a triple match point at 6:5 (40/0) – Rafter saved it with three unreturned serves (two off the second serves). The Australian finished the tie-break with two consecutive aces. In the 5th set he led *2:0, squandered two match points at 6:5. Korda had a game point to level at 8 games apiece. The match lasted 4 hours 17 minutes – the third longest match in the tournament history – 15 minutes shorter than Korda’s victory over Sampras four years before.
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