Enqvist created break points in 3 of 5 Lapentti’s service games in the opener and broke him twice. The Swede led 4:1* in the 2nd set, and 5:4* (40/15) before the man from Ecuador levelled using all his trickery. Lapentti  ran out of gas, but his route to that match was one of the toughest at majors prior to the semifinal. The 22-year-old Ecuadorian had played 24 of 25 possible sets winning four 3-hour matches against higher-ranked opponents!
Lapentti also advanced to the quarter-finals in doubles but withdrew due to exhaustion after the Kucera match. Counting singles & doubles he spent 19 hours on courts at the Melbourne Park before his meeting with Enqvist.
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