A meeting of two left-handers and shot-makers. Even though there was a big ranking difference between them [8 vs 200], the player with much lower ranked was perceived by many as a favorite. A few things contributed: Leconte (wild card) had won their only previous meeting (Aussie Open ’90), his low ranking was a consequence of an injury (didn’t take part in any ATP event after Wimbledon ’91) and he was playing in front of a supportive crowd in familiar surroundings while Korda made his debut on Centre Court in Paris; moreover Korda was associated with faster courts due to his risky flat ground-strokes, so QF at Roland Garros was already a big result for him. Nonetheless, the Czecho(Slovak) entered the semifinal quite luckily; Leconte was two points away to win the first three games but lost them all. In the 2nd set the Frenchman led 3:1* (40/30), later on 5:3, but was unable to close the set out and lost it 4/7 after the tie-break. In the 3rd set he gave his all to break back, but Korda withstood two break points and held for a 5:3 lead after the longest game (five deuces).
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