Stats of the last two sets only!

Points won by each set: | X, X, 40-37, 43-41 |
Points won directly on serve:
16 % Kriek – 13 of 81
16 % Vilas – 13 of 80

Even though Kriek [19] wasn’t a big server, he was the first man in the Open Era to win two matches with three tie-break sets won, and he did it in three consecutive sets on both occasions! Three years before his French Open quarterfinal, he defeated Tanner 6-7(5), 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3), 7-6(2) at the US Open. The tie-breaks against Vilas [18] he won 8/6, 7/5, 7/3. The 2nd set he should actually have lost, because trailing *5:6 (30/40) he was lucky that Vilas sent his overhead wide having time to put it away quite comfortably. Kriek also trailed *1:4 in the tie-break when played a FH passing-shot around the post, then withstood double set point at 4:6. There was 5-all in the second tie-break (Kriek led with a break earlier). In the 4th set (four breaks of serve), Kriek was two points away from losing a set again (at *5:6, 30-all) after squandering a 5:3* (40/0) lead. In that crucial moment he risked his second serve attacking the net. “This is like Disneyland all over again,” Kriek said about his unexpected advancement to the semifinal. “It’s like a little fantasy world.” Clay was his only surface on which he was losing more often than winning.

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