The match lasted 4 hours 32 minutes. Sampras four points away from winning the 2nd set tie-break at 3:4, at 5-all he had 30/0 on Korda’s serve. The Czech was *1:3 (30-all) in the 4th set, then 1:4* in the tie-break (saved three match points at 5:6, 7:8 & 9:10) before converting his third set point with a stunning backhand pass (Sampras dived). In the 5th set he saved a triple mini-MP at 3:4 & another match points at *7:8 (15/40)! Both guys finished the marathon with cramps. “I’ll try to sleep, and maybe I can wake up; maybe I can play tennis,” said Korda, who won the tie-breaks 7/3 and 12/10.
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