Spadea belongs to the most experienced players of the Open Era as far as number of main-level tournaments is concerned – he participated in 361 tournaments, including 54 Grand Slam events. He reached the 4th round at majors only four times (advancing to the quarter-finals once – Aussie Open ’99); at the US Open ’99 it happened for the third time. Even though the 25-year-old Spadea  had beaten the Dutchman in 3 of their 5 previous meetings, he didn’t display too many arguments against Krajicek  in their night session clash on Arthur Ashe Stadium. In the 2nd set set the American was two points away from the set (5:4, 30-all), but the former Wimbledon champion fired two aces in a row, and took the tie-break 7/3. “I was serving very good,” Krajicek said, “He was somehow not trying to adjust to it. I was serving a lot out wide. My coach told me before the match that’s the place to go against him.”
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