rg93courier_krajicek

rg93courier_krajicek

Points won by each set: [ 26-14, 35-40, 34-30, 27-15 ]
Points won directly on serve:
28 % Courier – 32 of 111
23 % Krajicek – 26 of 110

Krajicek led on serve 40/15 at 1:2, but was broken and lost the plot. He was playing worse tennis than anyone could expect because his two previous matches against Courier were dramatic (won 4-6 6-4 7-5, then lost 7-6 6-7 5-7). The two-time defending champion led 6-1 5:3*, then serving in the following game 30/15, but Krajicek broke back out of nowhere to take the set in a 7/3 tie-break. Courier [1] again easily led 5:2* in the 3rd set, Krajicek [13] broke back once again, and at 5-all played something what I suppose may be considered as one of the strongest forehands ever played on the tour. It was his “swan song”, afterwards he lost 8 out of the last 10 games being visibly tired – at 1:2 in sets vs Courier [2] he faced “mission impossible” – winning fourth straight match in five sets (he’d defeated in back-to-back five-setters Arrese 3:00, Costa 4:12 & Novacek 3:06).

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