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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    The first Czechoslovakian duel at the latter stage of the Australian Open since Ivan Lendl (Czech) beat Miroslav Mecir (Slovakia) in the 1989 final. At the Aussie Open ’98, Mecir was Kucera’s coach… Kucera [20] started the match leading *1:0 (40/15) – Korda [7] mainly thanks to blistering forehands won 9 of the next 10 games, and overwhelmingly led 6-1 3:1* (15/0), however, he was forced to save two break points at 5:4, one of them hitting the baseline with a backhand slice (it caused opponent’s error). Korda won two games to lead 5:2 in the 4th set with net-cords after his backhands.
    Three weeks later they face each other in the Antwerp quarter-finals and Kucera takes a revenge prevailing 3-6 6-4 6-2, and snapping Korda’s career-best winning streak of 14. Korda needed to win that match and another two matches (capturing the title) to become the best player in the world! There were the only two meetings between them…

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