Hrbaty’s first appearance on Philippe Chatrier Court & what a performance against the best player in the world & former champion!
In the middle of the match the Slovak won 10 out of 11 games & led 3:0* in the 3rd set, later on the Russian had two game points to level at 5-all. The 21-year-old Hrbaty won another three matches & achieved his only major semifinal (tight 4-set loss to Andre Agassi).
The Hrbaty-Kafelnikov rivalry marks one of those rare head-to-heads that lower ranked player won distinguishably more matches than lost.
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