The 30-year-old Karbacher  was struggling with injuries (heart muscle inflammation & right ankle) the entire 1997 and the victory over Berasategui  helped him to regain the confidence to come back to the Top 100. Karbacher was a “lucky loser” in that tournament, he was twice break down in the 2nd set, and trailed *0:2 (30-all) in the 3rd set, later on was two points away from defeat at 5-all in the tie-break – Berasategui made a forehand error, and the German converted his first match point with a service winner. For Karbacher it was the first victory against an opponent of Berasategui’s class within two years (Todd Martin, Cincinnati ’96). The Spaniard lost third match in 1998 being very close to victory (squandered match points losing deciding 3rd set tie-breaks in Monte Carlo & Hamburg). Karbacher extended Berasategui’s losing streak to six defeats in a row…
Deciding 3rd set tie-breaks in the end of their careers:
5-5 Karbacher, 5-11 Berasategui
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