After sensational triumph at the French Open ’97, Kuerten  waited more than a year to finally win his another title. Kucera  was in better form that year, and he led 4:2* (15/0) in the 3rd set when Guga’s backhand clipped the line. Initially the linesman called the ball ‘out’, but the chair umpire changed that decision and it turned the tables, the Brazilian took the last four games not being closer than seven points from defeat. Kuerten finished his H2H vs Kucera at 3:2 winning all three matches when he found himself within two games away from defeat.
Kuerten’s route to his 2nd title:
2 Fernando Meligeni 7-6(5), 6-4
3 Carlos Costa 6-2, 6-4
Q Albert Costa 7-5, 6-0
S Carlos Moya 7-6(6), 6-4
W Karol Kucera 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
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