uo98phil_johansson

Points won by each set: [ 35-39, 25-20, 39-40, 31-22, 54-48 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
42 % Philippoussis – 72 of 171
31 % Johansson – 57 of 182

Great opportunity for them both to reach the first major semifinal. During the Summer of ’98, Johansson [33] showed his new face; no-one before him with his height (180 cm) had been serving so hard (he recorded the fastest serve of the UO ’98 edition – 136 mph!)… An encounter based on regular holding the serve could be expected, and indeed they produced one of the most tight & dramatic matches in the tournament history with plenty of unreturned serves, however, already in the first 50 minutes due to strong wind the spectators witnessed as many as six breaks. In the deciding set, Philippoussis [22] escaped from being broken twice (four break points in total), then at 4-all he squandered five mini-match points, including 40/0. # In the 12/10 tie-break (the second longest deciding tie-break in the US Open history) the Swede had three match points: *6:5 (the Aussie forced an error with aggressive FH return), 7:6 (service winner) and 9:8 (an ace). The Australian converted his third match point with a powerful serve to finish the 3-hour 26-minute contest on Arthur Ashe stadium. Five years later, en route to his second and last major final, Philippoussis prevails again in a dramatic 5th set – that time against other unexpected quarter-finalist – Alexander Popp – with four mini-match points saved.

# The longest 5th set tie-breaks in the US Open history:
1987 (2R): K.Flach d. Cahill 1-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(15)
1989 (1R): Masur d. Pugh 5-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(10)
1998 (QF): Philippoussis d. T.Johansson 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6(10)
2013 (1R): Dutra Silva d. Pospisil 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6(10)
1991 (2R): Caratti d. Rostagno 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(9)
1991 (3R): Marcus d. Siemerink 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7, 7-6(9)
2000 (3R): M.Norman d. Mirnyi 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6(9)
2009 (2R): Dent d. Navarro 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6(9)

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